MUSIC LYF: Tricia Garcia's Album 'Kulay'

The music industry today is too saturated with fast paced  sounds that come and go. Some do lack permeability and would often sound the same and makes its essence dull . But when certain colors are applied, its true soul is revived and makes it beautiful. That is what MCA Music’s newest musical gem TRICIA GARCIA is all about: a mix of colors and what they evoke, a collection of life's experiences and what lessons they leave, all displayed in her debut album Kulay.

“I want listeners to be inspired by the fullness of life," Tricia says, when asked how she chose the album title.
Setting a new trend in Philippine music, she brings light jazz, a mixture of easy listening pop, and jazz. Trained in opera but influenced by mainstream jazz and blues, Tricia's voice soothes and captivates. It's as if this consummate artist--she plays the piano, guitar, and sax, and paints and writes poetry, as well--is singing for you and you only.

“I love to paint as much as I love singing and writing music. As a child, I remember spending hours by myself drawing then playing piano and then writing my thoughts into poetry. This habitual refuge of mine through the years has helped discover myself as an artist and became an instrument to the making of my album.”

“I can hear the melancholy and happiness in their own lives as I listen to their every note and every word," Tricia said.

The album is divided in two parts: “Vibrant” and “Pastel”.

Discovering her love for music at a very young age Tricia became a Voice major for two years at the University of the Philippines College of Music and trained under Gloria Bustria of Yamaha and Nanette Maigue of the Philippine Opera Company. Inspired by the voices and unique styles of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn, she's also included Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding to her daily listening list.

“The use of 'Vibrant' and 'Pastel' is a good way to mesh my music and my love for art. 'Vibrant' is used to refer to a full band arrangement of the songs while 'Pastel' refers to an acoustic arrangement," she explains.

“The songs in the album are all about, love and longing,” Tricia says. “They are sincere.”

There are nine tracks on Kulay: the carrier single “Tabing Ilog” (originally from Barbie’s Cradle), “Ako’y Sa Iyo At Ika’y Akin Lamang," “Sa Iyo Lang," “Tara," “Dito Lang Ako," “Walang Salita," “Sana Naman,” and “Mamahalin Kita."

I personally liked Tubig which I think can be the song that best identifies her as a music artist. her rendition of Tabing Ilog is also a soothing version perfect for relaxing and reminiscing. 

Kulay is now out in CDs under MCA Music. To download TABING ILOG as your ringback tone, just text ILOG to 2728 for Smart subscribers, KK196 for Globe subscribers and 5492283 for Sun subscribers. Catch Tricia as she opens for The Wild Swans on October 1 at One Esplanade and for Lenka on October 9 at the World Trade Center

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