Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Johnny Alegre Affinity Stories Album Launch

Wazzup Pilipinas!

The album Stories by Johnny Alegre Affinity is now out in record bars AstroPlus and Odyssey plus on digital distribution via iTunes and

The Stories album contains the most memorable performances from Affinity's first two recordings: 2005's Jazzhound and 2007's Eastern Skies.

I guess this kind of music is highly appreciated by professionals at their 30s, as per Johnny Alegre's statement when I asked for their target audience, and those that appreciate music without the vocals.

The youth may have a hard time adding this selections to their album playlist but it is these kind of music that elevates OPM into a level much higher than the novelty songs that are banking on the popularity of personalities that we see most of the time on TV, or probably shows, concerts and other gigs.

But basically, one has to marvel on the effort of our Filipino music artists, composers and producers in producing quality work and masterpieces but with only a select number of audience or market.

Colby dela Calzada with Johnny Alegre

Johnny Alegre and Colby dela Calzada at a presscon held at the Sulok function room of Tiendesitas. Later after a few question and answer with the members of the media, we then proceeded to have dinner at the entertainment stage area of Tiendesitas where shows are held for the enjoyment of the public. Affinity played a few numbers for us while we were still having Filipino food composed of daing na bangus, kaldereta, Bicol express, pork barbecue and manggang hilaw with bagoong.

I admit I totally couldn't relate to these type of music since pop, whether OPM or foreign, has almost totally conquered the interests of the people, especially the youth.

I's tough to promote something you never grew up with since my parents were also into the more popular mainstream music performed by singers. But it was surely interesting to hear something different for a change.

The album "Stories" by Johnny Alegre Affinity

The back of the album contains the list of songs

Johnny Alegre and Affinity performing live at Tiendesitas

Colby dela Calzada in guitars

Johnny Alegre gives a few messages
The drummer of the group

I am not an authority to comment on the album but if the performance that night of the Affinity band composed of Johnny Alegre, Colby dela Calzada, and a drummer whose name I couldn't recall right now, were as good as the album, then you got me sold on recommending it to my friends, colleagues and relatives.

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