The Magic of Two:
Mon David & Socorro de Castro
Jazz Vocalist Mon David joins pianist and composer Socorro de Castro for an evening of jazz classics mixed with heartfelt originals. Experience the joy and creative energy of two good friends and award-winning musical colleagues.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$15 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
Mon David (pronounced 'Daveed') and Socorro de Castro first performed together as members of the renowned Manila based group “Fourplay”, a vocal ensemble often compared to the Manhattan Transfer, where Mon was the band leader and Socorro was the keyboardist and musical director. Their intricate harmonies and slick arrangements made them one of the most popular groups in the country.
Recognized internationally as the finest male jazz singer of the Philippines, Mon David was the winner of the 2006 London International Jazz Competition for Vocalists.
A product of the University of the Philippines College of Music, Mon has six albums to his credit, all of which received unprecedented critical acclaim and a plethora of awards, including the 2006 & 2007 Awit ("Filipino Gramm"') for Best Jazz Recording and Best Vocal Arrangement. He has performed internationally at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jakarta Jazz Festival, and at the Philippine International Jazzfest. In the United States, he's been a popular headliner at the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival and at the Catalina Bar & Grill's annual Jazz-Phil USA Festival (Jazz Society of the Philippines, LA Chapter), where he's been featured for four consecutive years. He has graced the stages of many fine jazz clubs including The Jazz Bakery, the Blue Whale, Yoshi's Oakland and San Francisco, Vibrato Grill Jazz and Spazio. Recent appearances include the Asian American Jazz Festival and the Blue Whale Nightclub in Los Angeles; Yoshi's Oakland at the 5th Annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival in 2012; the First Annual New York Filipino American Jazz Festival and a festival appearance in Toronto.
Mon David's CD Coming True was named one of the Top 10 CDs for 2009 by Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times. In his review of Coming True in JazzTimes, he writes, "Every once in a rare while a singer arrives clear out of the blue and knocks you out. Such a revelation is Mon David."
Known for his wide vocal range, rich tone, fearless style, and eclectic musicality, Mon David has shared the stage with luminaries such as Dianne Schuur, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, and the late Bobby Enriquez. With his critically acclaimed debut American recording Coming True (FreeHam Records), Mon David is eager to explore America's fertile music scene, sharing with an ever-growing audience his artistry and his philosophy: Music that comes from the heart and soul can transcend borders, create cultural bridges, and, ultimately, heal, unite, and inspire. For more details, visit mondavid.wix.com/jazz#!.
A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, major in Jazz Composition/Arranging with piano as principal instrument, Socorro de Castro studied with jazz greats such as Dean Earl, Bob Winter, Ray Santisi, Gary Burton, and Herb Pomeroy.
Multi-keyboard awardee, Socorro won First Prize in the 1974 NATIONAL YAMAHA ELECTONE ORGAN FESTIVAL in Houston, Texas, then captured the Grand Prize in the INTERNATIONAL YAMAHA ELECTONE GRAND PRIX CONCOURSE in Japan representing the U.S.A. She went on to do concert tours in her home country upon the invitation of the Philippine Government in association with the Department of Tourism. She went back to the US as a Yamaha artist. Upon returning to Manila in the 80's, she subsequently gained recognition as composer/arranger/producer/musical director/accompanist for such top artists of the country as Fourplay, Apo Hiking Society, Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, Joey Albert, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sharon Cuneta, Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez and more.
Now a California resident since the 90s, Socorro, along with her husband, keyboardist Norman Landsberg, run Landsberg Music Productions which provide composition, songwriting, arranging, album productions, musical direction, live performances, as well as scoring for commercials and films such as Ramona S. Diaz’ award-winning documentary, Spirits Rising, applying her skills in Film Scoring she took at UCLA. For more details, visit socorrodecastro.com.