Bryan Dedman, whose band delighted audiences at the AAMFs in 2013 and 2014, is now offering guitar lessons in Al Ain. The contact number is:- 054-435-4357 .
When Classic meets Pop:- He wrote the Miley Cyrus’s hit ‘Wrecking Ball‘, but few people would be able to pick out Stephan Moccio in a line-up.
Making a novel outreach into crossover territory, Abu Dhabi Classics this season presents a programme titled “When Classic Meets Pop”, fittingly presented by a man who has achieved considerable success in both fields.
Canadian composer Moccio is best known as a Grammy-nominated writer-for-hire, who has written or co-written a number of international smashes, including The Weekend’s ‘Earned It‘ and Celine Dion’s comeback hit ‘A New Day Has Come‘.
But he is also the noted recording artist behind a series of instrumental albums, often of solo piano music.
In a bid to break down snobbish barriers, this special programme will feature Moccio presenting his work in a storytelling framework. Following an instrumental opening half, he will be joined after the interval by guest singers who will bring to life many of the popular hits he wrote. “There are many times when I find myself caught between opposing forces in my music,” says Moccio. “Is it classical or pop? Am I a performer or a composer? Do I collaborate or work alone?
“As a creator, these are questions that I face every day – and finding answers is somewhat of a balancing act, because they are usually somewhere in-between.”