Sean Ghazi Introduces Gelora, Alongside Ida Mariana.

Close​ ​to​ ​56​ ​years​ ​after​ ​the​ ​original​ ​track​ ​“Gelora”​ ​was​ ​recorded​ ​by​ ​national​ ​icons​ ​P.​ ​Ramlee​ ​& Saloma​ ​for​ ​the​ ​film​ ​‘Seniman​ ​Bujang​ ​Lapok’,​ ​SEAN​ ​GHAZI​ ​has​ ​released​ ​a​ ​reimagining​ ​of​ ​the well-loved​ ​song,​ ​introducing​ ​longtime​ ​collaborator​ ​IDA​ ​MARIANA,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​a​ ​brand​ ​new​ ​video directed​ ​by​ ​Tate​ ​Mario​ ​Ghazi.

‘Gelora’​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first​ ​single​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​Sean’s​ ​debut​ ​album,​ ​SEAN​ ​GHAZI​ ​‘SEMALAM’.​ ​The​ ​music was​ ​recorded​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States,​ ​with​ ​vocals​ ​recorded​ ​in​ ​the​ ​US​ ​and​ ​Kuala​ ​Lumpur. The​ ​track​ ​features​ ​a​ ​new​ ​’fever-esque’​ ​arrangement​ ​by​ ​Sean’s​ ​US​ ​band—the​ ​’Stylo​ ​Mylos’ during​ ​his​ ​tenure​ ​in​ ​the​ ​US.

“The​ ​idea​ ​for​ ​the​ ​arrangement​ ​came​ ​to​ ​me​ ​while​ ​performing​ ​in​ ​P.​ ​RAMLEE​ ​THE​ ​MUSICAL​ ​in 2007,​ ​where​ ​I​ ​played​ ​the​ ​lead​ ​role,”​ ​Sean​ ​explained.​ ​​ ​“Over​ ​the​ ​years​ ​I​ ​have​ ​performed​ ​it​ ​live with​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​duet​ ​partners​ ​but​ ​only​ ​just​ ​took​ ​the​ ​plunge​ ​to​ ​workshop​ ​it​ ​properly​ ​when​ ​I​ ​was living​ ​in​ ​the​ ​US.”

Sean Ghazi introduces gelora

He​ ​explained​ ​that​ ​he​ ​had​ ​always​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​record​ ​with​ ​longtime​ ​friend​ ​and​ ​collaborator,​ ​Ida Mariana​ ​-​ ​a​ ​well​ ​known​ ​fixture​ ​in​ ​the​ ​local​ ​jazz​ ​scene.​ ​Ida​ ​had​ ​joined​ ​him​ ​in​ ​Portland​ ​Oregon,​ ​for a​ ​concert​ ​in​ ​Washington​ ​Park​ ​in​ ​2015​ ​and​ ​while​ ​she​ ​was​ ​there,​ ​they​ ​worked​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​the American​ ​musicians​ ​to​ ​craft​ ​a​ ​steamier​ ​version​ ​of​ ​the​ ​song.

Following​ ​the​ ​launch,​ ​Sean​ ​and​ ​Ida​ ​also​ ​announced​ ​their​ ​three-day​ ​showcase​ ​performance​ ​at The​ ​Gardens​ ​Theater,​ ​Mid​ ​Valley​ ​City,​ ​on​ ​September​ ​6,​ ​7​ ​and​ ​8.

GELORA​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Tarakucha​ ​Big​ ​Band​ ​Extravaganza!

Dates:​ ​6,7​ ​&​ ​8​ ​September​ ​2017

Time:​ ​8.30pm

Venue:​ ​The​ ​Gardens​ ​Theater​ ​at​ ​Mid​ ​Valley​ ​City

Tickets:​ ​​ RM170​ ​/​ ​RM125​ ​/​ ​RM100​ ​/​ ​RM70

‘Gelora​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Tarakucha​ ​Big​ ​Band​ ​Extravaganza!’​ ​will​ ​be​ ​staged​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​DiverseCity Kuala​ ​Lumpur​ ​International​ ​Arts​ ​Festival​ ​(KLIAF).

It​ ​presents​ ​TARAKUCHA!​ ​-​ ​a​ ​high-styled,​ ​high-octane​ ​big​ ​band​ ​act​ ​with​ ​a​ ​vintage​ ​Malaysian twist​ ​-​ ​Sean’s​ ​very​ ​own​ ​brainchild​ ​that​ ​celebrates​ ​Malaysia’s​ ​musical​ ​heritage​ ​with​ ​songs​ ​by​ ​the nation’s​ ​greats​ ​including​ ​P.​ ​Ramlee,​ ​Sudirman​ ​and​ ​Jimmy​ ​Boyle.​ ​Classic​ ​songs​ ​are​ ​presented with​ ​humor,​ ​class​ ​and​ ​pizazz​ ​while​ ​taking​ ​inspiration​ ​from​ ​global​ ​influences​ ​and​ ​the​ ​band​ ​also features​ ​their​ ​own​ ​original​ ​compositions​ ​written​ ​and​ ​performed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​fun​ ​retro​ ​style.

With​ ​Sean​ ​who​ ​sings​ ​lead​ ​vocals​ ​with​ ​Ida,​ ​TARAKUCHA!​ ​features​ ​a​ ​10-piece​ ​ensemble​ ​of some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​finest​ ​Malaysian​ ​musicians​ ​led​ ​by​ ​musical​ ​director,​ ​Nish​ ​Tham,​ ​with​ ​supporting​ ​act by​ ​The​ ​Kuchettes​ ​-​ ​Izlyn​ ​Ramli,​ ​Maya​ ​Tan,​ ​Ruzana​ ​Ibrahim,​ ​Suhaili​ ​Micheline​ ​&​ ​Sabrina Hassan.

Sean​ ​hopes​ ​music​ ​and​ ​culture​ ​enthusiasts​ ​will​ ​come​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​‘Gelora​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Tarakucha​ ​Big Band​ ​Extravaganza!’,​ ​joining​ ​in​ ​the​ ​excitement​ ​whilst​ ​supporting​ ​his​ ​aspiration​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​the sounds​ ​of​ ​vintage​ ​Malaysian​ ​music​ ​to​ ​a​ ​global​ ​audience,​ ​seeing​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​play​ ​a​ ​role​ ​in keeping​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​country’s​ ​musical​ ​heritage​ ​alive.

“I​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​some​ ​of​ ​Malaysia’s​ ​classic​ ​material​ ​belongs​ ​in​ ​the​ ​international​ ​repertoire​ ​-​ ​and​ ​if​ ​I can​ ​play​ ​my​ ​part​ ​in​ ​securing​ ​a​ ​place​ ​for​ ​a​ ​classic​ ​P.Ramlee​ ​tune​ ​next​ ​to​ ​the​ ​‘My​ ​Ways’,​ ​‘Sways’ and​ ​‘Unforgettables’​ ​of​ ​this​ ​world,​ ​then​ ​that​ ​would​ ​create​ ​an​ ​elevated​ ​position​ ​for​ ​our​ ​musical heritage,​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​it​ ​alive​ ​on​ ​a​ ​global​ ​platform.”

The​ ​’Gelora’ Video

The​ ​video​ ​for​ ​‘Gelora’​ ​was​ ​directed​ ​by​ ​TATE​ ​MARIO​ ​GHAZI,​ ​Sean’s​ ​brother,​ ​who​ ​was​ ​also responsible​ ​for​ ​bringing​ ​the​ ​music​ ​videos​ ​for​ ​‘SEMALAM’​ ​and​ ​‘KU​ ​IMPIKAN​ ​BINTANG’​ ​to​ ​life.

The​ ​video​ ​has​ ​reached​ ​80,000​ ​views​ ​only​ ​a​ ​week​ ​following​ ​its​ ​debut​ ​on​ ​the​ ​@tarakuchaband Facebook​ ​page.​ ​Visually,​ ​the​ ​video​ ​was​ ​shot​ ​in​ ​colour,​ ​but​ ​against​ ​the​ ​backdrop​ ​of​ ​a​ ​stark​ ​white soundstage,​ ​giving​ ​the​ ​illusion​ ​of​ ​a​ ​black​ ​and​ ​white​ ​film.​ ​The​ ​black​ ​and​ ​white​ ​contrast​ ​of​ ​the​ ​set can​ ​be​ ​said​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​nod​ ​to​ ​Sean’s​ ​first​ ​music​ ​video​ ​‘SEMALAM’,​ ​however​ ​the​ ​decision​ ​surfaced as​ ​a​ ​result​ ​of​ ​adhering​ ​to​ ​a​ ​strict​ ​budget.

Sean​ ​wanted​ ​everything​ ​about​ ​‘Gelora’​ ​to​ ​be​ ​lean​ ​and​ ​mean,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​made​ ​sense,​ ​particularly with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​technical​ ​considerations​ ​that​ ​come​ ​with​ ​making​ ​a​ ​video.

“The​ ​overall​ ​aesthetic​ ​was​ ​not​ ​to​ ​lock​ ​ourselves​ ​down​ ​in​ ​a​ ​recreated​ ​retro​ ​world,​ ​but​ ​rather​ ​to​ ​sit in​ ​a​ ​stylistic​ ​grey​ ​area.​ ​It​ ​has​ ​a​ ​retro​ ​feel,​ ​suggestive​ ​of​ ​a​ ​time​ ​gone​ ​by,​ ​but​ ​is​ ​also​ ​clearly contemporary,”​ ​said​ ​Sean.

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