June 25, 2019
Just over a year since he found the courage to reveal his musical side with a major concert at Resorts World Manila’s full-size Newport Performing Arts Theater, Ian Veneracion — one of the day’s most noted dramatic actors — is at it again and raring to go.
Since bursting into showbiz as a child star in the ‘80s [via Joey de Leon’s iconic sitcom “Joey and Son”], Veneracion had hidden his talent for playing classical piano and guitar, composing and singing but nurtured and savored music every day of his life.
“Music has always been part of my life but career-wise, acting came first and I concentrated on being an actor. I didn’t want to do the all-around talent type of thing. It was that simple,” he told The T-Zone in a previous interview.
Having proven himself a worthy actor both on television and the movies, Veneracion, now 44, decided last year his fans and the industry would be kinder to him, and forgiving even, if his attempt at singing publicly went south.
“I can’t even put to words the feeling I had at the end of that first concert — hindi mo na mauulit yun eh,” the handsome mestizo recalled for the T-Zone.
“Natatakot ka na baka hindi mo matawid and when I did, ang sarap ng feeling at hindi naman ako inatake sa puso,” he added laughing.
Based on audience reaction, Veneracion didn’t just survive the big reveal that he is a singer and musician too, but he actually aced it, proven now more than ever that his major concert for 2019 has no less than OPM royalty, singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid as producer.
“This one’s called ‘Ian: In Color,’ and to have Ogie and [h[his wife]egine [V[Velasquez]ehind it… It’s a validation that I should continue to share my music. Imagine, sila yung tinitingala sa OPM and they’re producing my show and both guesting in it? I feel really good about it,” he said gratefully.
Now a legitimate concert performer, Veneracion is all the more eager to whip out his diverse musicality in “Ian: In Color.”
“The concert’s title is ‘In Color’ because it will show how I try to play songs in a different light evoking different kinds of moods; different kinds of shades. I guess you can liken it to flavors of ice cream — you pick a particular flavor depending on your mood right?” he chuckled again.
And unlike his first concert, which was staged in a huge venue, this two-night performance will have a totally different approach at the Music Museum.
“Naturally it will be more intimate, hence more interactive. Plus the arrangements of the songs are something I would describe as musically more playful.”
Unaffected and effective
His musical influences, while diverse, are what Veneracion would describe as “old school.”
“There’s Sting, U2, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Peter Frampton and Fra Lippo Lippi to name a few, but of course, I’ll be singing the songs with my own interpretation and making them my own. Otherwise, what’s the point? If I try to sound like them, the audience might as well listen to the originals, di’ba?”
To give the cozy huddle at the New Order Urban Lounge Bar in Ortigas [w[where this interview took place] taste of what he means, Veneracion casually picked up an acoustic guitar, and, sans a microphone or any other equipment, strummed the chords to “Baby, I Love Your Way” singing both unaffectedly and effectively.
His voice is honest — relaxed, purely his own, and soulful and passionate.
“I sing because I really enjoy live performances. At the risk of sounding mayabang, it’s not about the money. Whether it’s in front of a big crowd or just jamming with friends, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can’t psychologically survive without music. Just like in other art forms, music is its own reward,” he ended.
“Ian: In Color” is presented by A-Team and PLDT Home and will go onstage at Music Museum on July 11 and 12. Tickets are available at Ticketworld, the venue’s box office and at A-Team via 0906-2878049.
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