I brought along the E-M10 Mark II and several M.Zuiko lenses and shot the performance. I used mainly Aperture Priority, switching lenses when necessary (mostly between wide angle, 12mm F2 and 45mm F1.8). The lighting was not that good, with the light hitting directly from the front creating very unflattering outcome. I would have preferred if the main light was shined more from the side. Nonetheless, we were there to enjoy live music and truly Alena has made it huge with her debut album! She is also a painter and TV host for local stations, and have appeared as a speaker on TDxKL talk this year! The EP launch was a huge success with full house strong support from the fans, and I personally decided not to get my CD autographed in the same session as that would mean I need to battle the impossibly long queue!
Sape', a traditional Sarawakian musical instrument was Alena Murang's signature sound in all her music. I am proud to see a Sarawakian making it huge and took the opportunity to spread the awareness and love for Sape'! I cannot help but feel homesick when I hear Sape's tunes, which is always so smooth, soothing yet energetic and radiant at the same time.
Alena also has very lovely vocals, haunting yet sweet. She sang some real, old traditional old folks songs from the tribes of Kelabit. Some of the tunes she had just recently learned this year in her journey of discovering her roots, and learning more about the many colorful Sarawakian culture.
It was a full house! Thankfully I arrived early, else I would be one of those standing all the way at the back.
One of the things I love about Alena is her broad, bright smile, even in the midst of performance, which was amazing.
Tapping the mat on the floor is one of the local "percussion" methods used in traditional long houses, to accompany songs or music! And she did that live while playing Sape'.
I have a video recording of Alena Murang performing Penung- Jae. Recorded fully hand-held with the E-M10 Mark II,