Il Divo bring tenor tones to Dubai

Published October 2nd, 2012 - 01:27 GMT
Il Divo's international tour is taking them to Dubai
Il Divo's international tour is taking them to Dubai

Singing quartet Il Divo are set to perform in Dubai this week. The concert is organized by Dubai-based company M Premiere and will be held at the Shaikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Center to a crowd of 5,000 people.

The singing Quartet shot to fame in 2003 with the help of Simon Cowell who also manages the likes of X Factor boy-band One Direction.

The group members: American tenor David Miller, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, Swiss tenor Urs Buhler and Frenchman Sebastien Izambard and their orchestra will sing songs off their new album “Wicked Game,” which has sold 26 million copies worldwide.

The group have had over 50 number ones and four world tours. 

American tenor David Miller recently told Gulf News in an interview, that if you described the group's sound as something you might play at a wedding and tried-and true pop classics as middle-of-the-road then you’d be “bang on.”

“We can’t really step too far outside the zone, for two reasons; one, we don’t want to alienate the public. Two, it’s very difficult to find tracks that accommodate the four of our voices, because the four of our voices do very different things, they have different qualities and different ranges. We need, for lack of a better term, middle-of-the-road songs,” He said.

According to the Gulf News, the band themselves listen out for appropriate songs to choose for the album and also take input from their creator.

The show in Dubai will see the band drift away from their usual pop-centric style that characterized the band’s earlier performances with the addition of a full orchestra and video screens.

During the interview, Miller said: “this year we have veered away from our previous format where we tried to straddle pop and classical with a pop band on one side of the stage and a few strings on the other side.”

However adding that there will be a 35 piece orchestra on stage with them on stage, which will comprise of a full brass and woodwind section, he went on to say that every section will be there.

Miller hopes that with the full orchestra soundscape it will sound much better. “I was skeptical at first. But we are not taking the pop bass or lead guitar out; those will be canned,” he added.

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