Malik makes Landfall Musical talent gets weekly gig at restaurant

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Fifteen-year-old pianist Malik Alick is bringing live music back to the Island with a weekly gig at Hamilton Parish’s Landfall Restaurant.

Manager and father Melvin, said he wanted to build on the youngster’s “mature” fan base, but also introduce new people to his musical talents.

“Malik plays a lot, so the idea was to put him in a restaurant, as opposed to a club setting because he is only 15 years old, and let him play the kind of music he likes.

“He will be doing a 45-minute show, one at 7.45pm and the other is at 8.45pm every Saturday starting this week. He will be playing everything from ‘Unforgettable’, ‘My Funny Valentine’ and ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, right up to Usher and Adele. He plays everything from jazz to R&B, gospel and pop.”

Mr Alick, of World Fire Music, said he wanted to organise a different kind of entertainment that would appeal to Bermudians who want to enjoy a “nice ambience” and “some real music”.

“I think the kind of atmosphere in Bermuda that we had in the 1970s and early 1980s is not available anymore, especially for aspiring artists and vocalists so this is an atmosphere that you can really enjoy some good food and hear some wonderful piano music.”

In addition to Malik’s weekly performance, the restaurant has hired vocalist Hugh Murray for each Friday night starting November 16. He will play “grown folks music” by artists including Benny King, The Drifters and James Brown.

“Hugh is a singer who does ballads and a lot of the romantic 60s and 70s music,” Mr Alick said.

He said he was excited to get Malik on a regular stage, so fans could hear his professional growth.

The Berkeley Institute student started playing drums at age six. It wasn’t until three years later, when he first sat down at a piano stool, that music “really captured his heart”.

His father said: “He began practising in earnest with real dedication. Playing in church every Sunday morning allowed Malik to worship with his gift and give back to the community.”

The teenager aspires to be a concert pianist, arranger and composer and is currently working on a CD with keyboardist Bill Jolly.

Mr Alick believes his son has the potential to go far.

“He is a great piano student and has excellent playing and composition skills,” he explained.

“He has put four videos on YouTube and they have done very well. One he did a cover of Miguel’s ‘Adorn’, which has nearly 4,000 hits on it. He really wants to become a performing artist and his aim is to write, arrange, practise and perform and I think he is going to be a huge artist because he’s a very talented player and has very good improvisational and song-writing skills.”

Mr Alick and Landfall Restaurant manager Joanne Walker believed live music at the venue worked well, partly because of the Island food it has on offer.

“It’s a beautiful place that is very scenic and has a tradition in Bermuda culture. And the menu is Bermudian cuisine essentially, with dishes like fish chowder, pumpkin soup and fresh fish.”

Admission is $10 for people who “just want to relax and enjoy the music and have a drink”. On Saturday nights there will be a three-course meal available for $45; the entertainment comes free.

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Published Nov 1, 2012 at 8:30 am (Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 8:29 am)

Malik makes Landfall Musical talent gets weekly gig at restaurant

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