MANILA -- Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao, and Bullet Dumas, three of the most respected tunesmiths in the Philippine music scene today, are taking their intimate and powerful live performances to the Kia Theater on June 9.
For the concert titled “Iisa,” the three will be backed the Manila String Machine Orchestra as well as a full band.
The three musicians previously teamed up in a pair of shows called “Dama” at the Music Museum and 70s Bistro. They also recorded for the film "I'm Drunk I Love You," Dancel’s song “Burnout” that was a hit for his former band, Sugarfree, back in 2003.
“We thought about calling it ‘Dama III’ but the bigness of the show along with the setting and the performers with us, demands something different, something special,” Dancel shared.
“Kaya ang tawag namin sa show ‘Iisa’ kasi 'yun na kaming tatlo – iisa na,” bared Danao who thought of the concert title.
“I think our music as individuals cuts across the same lines and demographics,” added Dancel of their partnership that has come to be known as “3D” owing to their surnames all coincidentally starting with the letter “D.”
“In the course of our getting to know each other and performing together which we all enjoy, we’ve become like a family,” Dancel further ventured. “We started out as individuals and now it’s become a family that includes our wives, girlfriends.”
“Hindi ko masabi ko magsusulat kami ng kanta as a group,” noted Dumas who admitted that, for himself, he is taking his time before he releases his debut full length solo album. “Let’s see where this takes us.”
Dumas released online an EP featuring three of his original songs – “Psst!”, “Galit”, and “Ninuno.”
His two other 3D mates on the other hand, have been rather prolific. With Sugarfree, Dancel released four albums – "Sa Wakas," "Dramachine," "Tala-Arawan," and "Mornings and Airports." As a solo artist, he released "Dalawang Mukha ng Pag-Ibig" in 2011 and followed it up with 2015’s "Bawat Daan."
Danao, the Masbate native, came out with two albums – "Piece of Paradise" in 2002 and "Love from Lust" in 2004 -- with his former band, Bridge. As a solo artist, Danao continued the breezy and Jack Johnson vibe with his debut "Dapithapon" (2013) followed by "Samu’t Sari" (2014) and "Salubungan" (2016).
For "Iisa," the songs are being arranged to accommodate the string orchestra.
“Si Ebe pa lang nung nasa Sugarfree nakagawa ng gayan (with the Manila Symphony Orchestra). We are fixing schedules for rehearsals. Kahit kami excited din for this. If this leads to something bigger for all three of us, then 'yung show namin, big step ‘yan,” Danao said.