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Then & Now: Louis Soliano & Nicholas Wong

Drumming up different storms with the same wind.


Published: 24 Mar 2021

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Drumming in some wise words

Jazz and metal—where do they meet? At Then & Now, of course. Watch Uncle Louis and Nicholas Wong drum up an insightful conversation about setting a rhythm for Singapore's expansive music scene.

Louis Soliano is a one-man institution in Singapore music, having played in every major music establishment here and beyond. His musical journey reads like a history of the music scene in Singapore and the region. Coming from a famed family of musicians, he embarked on a music career in the 1960s that saw him working with jazz greats such as Matt Monro. In 2014, Soliano received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival. Louis has performed at the Java Jazz Festival, JakJazz, WOMAD Festival, alongside Esplanade's Mosaic Music Festival and Jazz in July, among many others. In 2018, he was awarded one of Singapore's highest accolades in the arts, the Cultural Medallion.

Nicholas Wong is no stranger to the grind having spent over a decade touring as a frontman, guitarist and drummer around the world, gigging from Japan to Czech Republic and  America, on stages that varied from basements to festivals. He’s also performed at notable events in Singapore like Baybeats and Rocking the Region with his current doom metal band Marijannah.

Then & Now
Insightful conversations between musicians across generations, as part of A Date with Friends 2021. 
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