December 27-28, 8pm
Anyone who caught the Soler gig at Rockit last month would have been nicely surprised by the Macau duo. The twins are not only easy on the eye, they also play like a dream - wooing the crowd with their natural flair, songwriting finesse and ability to converse in a dizzying number of languages.
Julio Acconci reflects on the Rockit gig from the sofa in his Central band room. 'Should I address the Chinese-speaking crowd, or the English-speaking people?' he reminisces of the main challenge of the day.
This weekend the pair play at HITEC in Kowloon Bay to celebrate their second album, Intuition, with its variety of Mando-pop-rock. 'The risk here is being the jack of all trades by singing in all these languages,' says Julio of the shift into more Putonghua material. 'At the moment we're singing in Mandarin, but we hope to break into the pan-Asian market. From there if we want to take it further, why not Europe?'
Conversant in seven languages, Julio and Dino's new album consists solely of Putonghua pop songs. Their first album, sung mainly in Cantonese, has already done well locally. The Acconcis have an ability to straddle cultures: they are Burmese-Italian - or Italo-Karen to be precise. Their mother harks from the Karen tribe of the Burmese border with Thailand, yet they were born in Macau and went to a local school speaking English, Cantonese and Portuguese.
As teenagers they moved to Florence, Italy, throwing another language into the mix. And from the beginning they were playing music together.
1 Trademart Drive, Hall B, Kowloon Bay. $180 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: www.solermusic.com