Ayala Mall Abreeza’s mall-goers have been privileged to hear and witness the country’s best octet performance by the Manila String Machine last Feb 13, 2019, a pre-valentine showcase held at the Activity Center.
The group who is mostly composed of players and graduates from the top institutions here in the country gave awe-struck performances that made shoppers sit and watch the whole show. Their genre encompasses a gamut of musical styles from classical to modern music, specializing in rock, pop, jazz and contemporary music. Their musicality is an eclectic blend of ideas and collaboration from each member, making their music, well-written, as well as unique-intelligently, and artistically.
Manila String Machine enchanted everyone, as well as getting people up in their chairs with their Manila Sound Tribute and All- OPM Tribute, like “Manila” by The Hotdogs, “Kawawang Cowboy, “Handog”, TL Ako sa Iyo”, Blue Jeans, VST Medley, Up Dharma Down’s Tadhana, and Eraserheads Medley.
“We wanted to represent po, lahat ng mukha ng pag-ibig, may asawa, single man o it’s complicated. Sana makaka-relate kayo sa aming mga musika”, according to violinist/ arranger Ms. Silke Hipolito.
The second show highlighted songs from ‘80s to 90’s and year 2000, spawning the hits of Bruno Mars, Clean Bandit, The Corrs, AHA, Bon Jovi, Walk the Moon, Backstreet Boys.
The 3rd set was the most applauded, as Manila String Machine take the audience to listen to some of the most epic movie scores ever put up on the big screen, bombast with intensity and an uplifting and beautiful medley that takes us on a range of emotions that leaves us exhausted at the end.
The repertoire started with their version of the “Star Wars” theme that flawlessly captures the feeling of action and adventure, to the most applauded “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie theme “, Love of My Life” and “We Are the Champions”.
The show was a pre-Valentine treat by Ayala Malls Abreeza, to all the shoppers and being able to witness it, I should say the feeling of elation didn’t fade for a long time.