Dennis Contreras

Dennis Contreras

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Artistry, dedication, creativity, full freedom of musical creativity, powerfull delivery of musical expression and ideas.

Biography

Dennis Contreras duo at a glance...

It all started when two young musicians met an old and very experienced jazz pianist, Mr.Daden Capucione (jazz teacher who taught the great filipino pianist Bobby Enriquez). He shared with them what music was to him, and what it meant for them and the future generation of young musicians. He showed them the beauty of mainstream and classical jazz. The young musicians where completely blown out of their minds with the beauty and complexity of jazz music. The challenges it offered, both mentally and technically, the freedom of explosive musical creativity, and the wisdom needed to be able to understand the true meaning of those wonderful compositions and the discipline to forge the true spirit jazz music.

In time, these two young musicians, Dennis Contreras (violinist) and Merlan Mariano (guitarist) started a group with the intention of sharing their music and creating an avenue of free expression and creativity in music, and also encourage, inspire and connect people to a great heritage and musical tradition only a few knew existed. After only a year the group has played in different events, such as weddings, company parties, debuts, and various social gatherings in different hotels and bars in the metropolis. The group also love to perform other forms of music such as classical, popular, OPM(original pilipino music), contemporary, new age, latin, and rock fusion. Experimenting and creating new ways to interpret diffirent genre of music,creating a very original sound that is truly thier own.

The group has done recordings with artists' Jose Mari Chan (I beg You Stay) and Rachel Alejandro (Paalam Na). The song Paalam Na was included in the album entitled Acoustic Light by Alpha Records which was released last July 2004. The group also made two successful shows entitled "What A Wonderful World" last December 17, 2003 at the Point of Italy Restaurant and "Inspire" at Prestige Tower last March 16, 2004.

Dennis a talented violinist, a brilliant and gifted composer pianist loved music at a young age. He took violin,cello and piano lessons from his grandpa. He took composition at the Yamaha Integrated Program for Professional Musicians, Jazz theory and improvisation under Mr. Daden Capucione while continuing his study on the violin at cuerdas cuatros and finally with M.Rodgie A., Edwin Silang Cruz were Dennis learned to play professionaly joining Velvet Mood String quartet/Chamber Orchestra. His musical influences are Pablo de Sarasate, Itzhak Perlman, Claude Debbusy, John Coltrane, Claude Williams, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Jean Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans. He is also a session player, playing for different artist and arrangers/composers. Dennis also teaches talented young violinist at Mandaluyong Youth Orchestra and currently a faculty member of the music department of San Carlos Seminary.

Merland studied guitar at UST Conservatory of music. Also took up guitar at yamaha integrated program and then bacame a guitar instructor at Yamaha School of Music with Dennis. He took jazz theory, improvisation under Mr. Daden Capucione. His musical influences are Joe Pass, Goerge Benson, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miles Davis, Tuck Andres. Kenny Burrel, Jim Hall, Scot Lafaro. Merland is currently a faculty member of the music department of San Carlos Seminary.

Lyrics

Commencement,original complete lyrics

Written By: Dennis Contreras

Commencement

Composed by Dennis Contreras ,words and lyrics by Dennis Contreras.
Violin played by Dennis Contreras
Piano by Dennis Contreras
Song interpreted by the violin
Jazz Blues
copyrigthed, all rights reserved

Lyrics

The daylight surrounds you
a whisper beside you
reminds us of a game
a game they use to play

And softly you wonder
how you have been given
a choice for everything
the song that you can't sing
a dream that must begin

The city it takes you
it reached out and touched you
and took you to a place
a place you can come home to

The highway has ended
they know you pretended
to fight for what can"t be
a long lost memory
a long lost fantasy

(solo adlib)

Thier laugther it makes you
wish i was with you
to hold you in the dark
to take your pain apart

The silence it brings you
closer towards all
the things that has gone by
the laughter and the cries
the city that won't die

(Song, lyrics, and other creative works are and remain copyright and property of their respective owner. Commercial use prohibited)

Commencement,audio file lyrics

Written By: Dennis Contreras

Commencement

Composed by Dennis Contreras
Words and Lyrics by Dennis Contreras
Violin played by Dennis Contreras
Copyrighted, all rigths reserved
Jazz blues
Song interpreted by the violin


lyrics:

The daylight surrounds you
A whisper beside you
reminds us of a game
a game they use to play

And softly you wonder
how you have been given
a choice for everything
the song that you can' t sing
a dream that must begin

The city it takes you
it reached out and touched you
and took you to a place
a home you can come back to

The silence it brings you
closer towards all
the things that has gone by
the laughter and the cries
the city that won' t die

Violin Solo

(Song, lyrics, and other creative works are and remain copyright and property of their respective owner. Commercial use prohibited)

Discography

Acoustic light, Alpha records
I Beg you stay,,San Carlos records

Set List

Two sets of 45 minutes

Our Jazz Standars song List

all the things you are
air on the g string,bach
all of me
all the way
as time goes by
bluessete
bewitched
blue moon
come fly with me
cant help falling in love
cannon in d
czardas de monti
days of wine and roses
east of the sun,west of the moon
equinox
fascination
four on six
favorite things
fidler in the roof,sunlight sunset
glory of love
green dolphin street
i get a kick out of you
lulaby of birdland
lester leaps in
la vie en rose
misty
meditation by thais
moon river
my romance
my funny valentine
my one and only love
my sister Mary
nearness of you
night and day
ode to joy
our love is here to stay
satin doll
someone to watch over me
serenade
stella by starlight
spring,four seasons
some enchanted evening
that's all
the look of love
the way youlook tonigth
take five
there will never be another you
when i fall in love
waltz for debby
ye