Respect | The Filharmonic

Irie Magazine | Respect - The Filharmonic

The Filharmonic

With Los Angeles as home base, we now present you with The Filharmonic, a band unique in their musical talent and cultural diversity. The group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, “The Sing-Off”, has much to sing about. Making the semi-finals, finishing the first “Sing-Off” National tour, sharing the stage with Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix, then being part of the movie Pitch Perfect 2 is only the kick-off to their amazing journey! They consist of six members: Vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, and Barry Fortgang, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, and Beat boxer Niko Del Rey. Their melodic vocal style exemplifies an urbanesque hip hop sound with 90’s nostalgia.

What started as friendly chance encounters at singing competitions in college eventually solidified into a harmonious group as the boys discovered their shared genuine chemistry, unparalleled love of music, and undeniable musical talents. Through social network and a strong kinship to their Filipino culture they have found their niche in the musical community. Though their passion for great music is on par, their combined talents come from a wide variety of backgrounds in the performing arts industry, including pop, a cappella, jazz, opera, theater, classical, etc. Together they honor their Filipino heritage through incredibly nuanced musical performances that are both moving and fun to experience.

For the month of February (2016), The Filharmonic produced a special music video in honor of Bob Marley’s 71st birthday, featuring some of his greatest hits including ‘Three Little Birds’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘No Woman, No Cry’, ‘Buffalo Soldier’ and ‘One Love’.

The video was filmed on the beach in collaboration with another YouTube artist, ‘Gabe Bondoc’. The video will air on Bob’s Marley earthstrong. Look out for it!