Seasoned OPM band 3rd Avenue is offering more than just music and lyrics with the release of its latest single “Diskarte,” which is part of the album Traverse.
Bonded together by their passion for music, friendship, and other worthwhile endeavors, 3rd Avenue Band are seasoned performers composed of Muriel dela Paz, Alchris Ramirez, Joy Reyes, Paolo Ledesma on vocals; the rhythm section, headed by the group’s resident arranger and musical director, Miguel Nuñez on keys, co-musical director, Gino Madrid on guitar, Lester Cerda on saxophone, and Beng Gatmaitan on drums.
Versatile as they are, they embrace a wide range of music genres, from ballad, pop, top 40s, to OPM, and many more. Their music has never failed to enchant music lovers who come to see and hear them perform.
The group released its first album, 3rd Avenue – In Time, which was produced by Barnyard Music and distributed by Universal Records Philippines in 2007. In 2008, the band received an AWIT Award for Best Performance by A New Group for its second single, “Why Can’t It Be” and became the most sought-after group and a trailblazer in the Philippine wedding Industry. Because of this, they are dubbed “The Philippines’ Premier Wedding Band.”
In 2019, 3rd Avenue performed in front of a sold-out audience for its first-ever major concert entitled 3XV – The Anniversary Concert held at the Music Museum.
Now, 3rd Avenue releases its latest musical creation billed “Diskarte,” written by Beng Gatmaitan and arranged by Miguel Nuñez.
“Diskarte is about having mixed emotions on when is the right time to say one’s feelings towards another,” composer Gatmaitan describes the song, which is the initial single release from the album Transverse.
Explains vocalist Paolo Ledesma “Our songs express different emotions – whether happy, sad, in love, in pain, hopeful, longing, etc. Trans means across, beyond, or through. A Verse is a line. Through the lines in our songs, we articulate various emotions that will resonate and cut across different types of listeners. Inspiration: During the pandemic, especially during the lockdown, we have seen the rise of mental health problems because people are not able to connect and express themselves. Through our songs, we hope to help articulate their feelings and emotions for them.”
3rd Avenue will perform “Diskarte” in its Sofa Sessions, which is a series of videos where the band performs raw and stripped-down versions of its songs and current hits. The session is released every two weeks on the group’s social media pages.
“Diskarte” is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Resso, and Luna. For more information visit the band’s Facebook page, Tiktok account, and Youtube channel.