Who is Chris Botti, you ask? Oh, you Philistines.
OK, so we didn't have Sting last night, but it was still the best concert ever. I am so grateful that I was able to experience it. Worth every peso and the long drive to Resorts World Manila.
Chris Botti performing live is absolutely sublime. Being on the road continuously for eight years has really made him the consummate performer. Also, he's quite easy on the eyes.
His band is composed of the most amazing musicians of the highest caliber ever to set foot on a Philippine stage. Check out Billy Kilson whom Sting called "simply the most badass drummer I've ever seen."
The wonderful violinist Aurica Duca from the Republic of Moldavia gave me goosebumps when she played "Emmanuel".
And then there's Lisa Fischer. She is the most talented singer in the world today. She is Superwoman.
The evening's front acts weren't bad, either. The King of Philippine Jazz Richard Merck (purple shirt) started out fine, but had a bit of trouble with the high notes at the end. The still-sexy Vernie Varga was shaky for the first couple of verses, but blew everyone away with her fabulously unique rendition of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five". The audience liked Bryson Andres's (white shirt) mashup violin piece a lot: One Republic vs. Katy Perry!
And we all LOVED that blonde guy.
|Photo by Dale Bacar, from the Chris Botti fan forum site.
Dear Chris Botti, please come back. And bring your friend Sting with you.