Originally published in PHILMUSIC.com : June 2000
Last May 5, 2000 at Club Fun in Glorietta, Makati, (Philippines) the American electronic composer/producer/performer known as BT graced the stage and took the primarily college-age clubgoers on a crazy trip through his dreamy trance soundscapes.
Because he is no DJ, there were no turntables in the performance space. Instead he played live on three keyboards while a pre-recorded mix of his compositions pulsed out of his DAT player. The effect was no less explosive than a DJ spinning vinyl.
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Originally published in PHILMUSIC.com : March 2000
“When I last sang this song, there was a couple who got engaged to be married right here. I don’t know if they’re here now… Ooh! There they are!”
Julia Fordham starts to screech like a little girl as a couple approaches the PICC stage with a wrapped gift. After accepting the gift, the singer prompts the guys in the audience: “So all the men out there, if you want to propose to anyone, there will be lots of romantic songs tonight that you can go down on one knee to.”
Then she launches into a crowd favorite entitled “Love Moves In Mysterious Ways.” The immediate applause is interjected with squeals of delight from the audience.
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Originally published in LOCALVIBE.com: February 1999
When Anggun finally takes the stage at the Music Museum after an interminable two-hour wait and starts her dreamy Indonesian tune “Selamanya,” the crowd is in an awed silence. Her mellifluous alto washes over us like water, setting the mood for the rest of her set. Then her live band kicks it in with “A Rose In The Wind” and she greets the crowd with one sentence: “Welcome to my world.”
We dive straight into her musical dimension of spirit and sentiment, breathing her music — a potent fusion of Western pop and Southeast Asian sensuality. It’s a captivating place where she shares her dreams, memories, and journeys.
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