Pianist Dennis Law and Violinist Rohnie Tan aka A9 Strings will be celebrating their musical partnership, with their 1st Anniversary Concert on October 21 and 22.
For Dennis, music has been a part of his life since he was 9, when he started playing the organ at church. At the same time he took on classical piano lessons. His love for music led him to leave his hometown Miri for Kuala Lumpur in 2006, to pursue his studies in music at UCSI.
“Today, I’m a full time musician. I work on arrangements and compose music in the afternoon, and at night, I do freelance gigs in clubs all around KL,” said the 28-year-old, who has been playing the piano professionally for almost a decade.
He met Rohnie Tan working on the musical Cabaret and the two became friends, after talking about the Malaysian music scene. The latter, who picked up playing the violin at 10, suggested they put up a show with a vocalist, with music from piano and violin.
“We both got excited and brainstormed every time we saw each other. Dennis thought I was joking about putting up a show until one fine day, I locked down the venue for 3 night shows,” said Rohnie.
When asked about the origins of their band name, A9 Strings, Rohnie explained it simply -“The piano has 8 A strings, and violin has only 1 A string, so it adds up to 9 A strings.”
“I don’t recall why I wanted to learn the violin, but I do remember why I wanted music to be a part of my life. I felt like music was part of me,” added Rohnie, whose other love is volleyball.
The ex-Penang state volleyball player believes that music is a language that one can’t explain, but has the ability to pierce through many hearts.
“I love watching the audience’s expressions from up stage, knowing that they receive what speaks from my body, cells, transforming into music through our instruments. It’s magical. Music and the heart – both don’t lie,”revealed Rohnie.
He is not the only one with a romantic soul, Dennis shares the same sentiments.
“Everyone has that jiwang part in them. Like a lot of people, we don’t express it publicly; we just channel it into our music. Between us, Rohnie is more jiwang one,” added Dennis.
All set to add the jiwang in songs of various genres – tango, soul, R&B, light rock and pop ballads together, Dennis and Rohnie are excited about their upcoming concert. Directed by Nell Ng, the concert will feature the likes of Elvira Arul, Nikki Palikat, Michael Leaner, Kent Wong, and Rozz Ritzmann. Besides fabulous vocals from these performers, the audience are in for a treat from A9 Strings as they showcase their skills on presenting sounds and arrangements not expected of classical instruments.
As for their ritual before playing sweet music for a show, Dennis revealed –
“Before performing we drink wine, then he gives me a HI-5, and I give him a fist bump. Then up we go!”
The duo are currently planning on recording a mini album, where they will be writing a few originals, arranging the songs, producing them, and finding the right singers for each song.
Catch Dennis, Rohnie’s and their friends at the 1st Anniversary Concert at 10pm, October 21 & 22, at No Black Tie, Jalan Mesui. Cover charge is at RM64. For reservations contact 03-21423737 or email email@example.com