Update: Based on the latest advisories, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (Sifa) has made adjustments to some programmes in its opening weekend line-up by capping capacity at 100 for selected shows and reducing capacity to 50 at the Oldham Theatre. A refund exercise based on the date of purchase has also been implemented due to the reduced capacity, and patrons affected by the reductions have been contacted by Sifa’s ticketing agent, Sistic.
Louis Soliano is many things to many people: a deft drummer and vocalist to jazz enthusiasts who have followed his music career spanning more than 50 years, a fun but strict bandleader to fellow musicians of his time, and Uncle Louis to the younger musicians today.
The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2021 is celebrating these facets of the Cultural Medallion recipient with A Song for Louis, a tribute concert featuring all of the creative talents he has worked with—and inspired—throughout his career. “It’s an indescribable honour,” Soliano says. “It’s very humbling to see all these gifted musicians, who are stars to me, so readily giving their time and immense talents to do this show. I’m so excited that we can all do what we love doing together, making music for our audience.”
Led by music director Joshua Wan and show director Jeremiah Choy, the two sold-out live concerts on May 14 will feature performances by musicians such as Jeremy Monteiro, Joanna Dong and Tony Makarome, along with a special showcase by Soliano himself. There will be video-on-demand access during the post-festival programme from June 5 to 12.
A Song for Louis is also a testament to Soliano’s musical kinship—what with a career that runs alongside the history of Singapore jazz—and the close-knit community’s admiration of the man himself.
“I’ve known all of the artists performing for a long time, and actually spent many years with each of them, some I’ve even watched grow up. We’ve gone beyond being colleagues to being friends in the deepest way, so I’m most looking forward to the musical conversations we are going to see in the show,” Soliano expounds.
Here’s what some of the luminaries of the Singapore jazz scene have to say about the maestro, as they reminisce their shared passion for music throughout the years.