Silent Sanctuary Biography, Music, Family and Awards
Silent Sanctuary (or SS) is a band composed of Sarkie Sarangay (guitars, vocals), Anjo Inacay (cello), Chino David (violin), Paolo Legaspi (bass) and Allen Calixto (drums). Their unique blend of classical string instruments with more contemporary band set-ups (electric guitar, drum and bass) makes them a stand out among other bands. Their second album, Fuchsiang Pag-Ibig helped them make a mark in the growing band scene in the country.
Silent Sanctuary History
“Silent Sanctuary is a place of refuge, it’s a place where you are alone with your thoughts. A place where you can find comfort and strength. Everybody has how or her own silent sanctuary, it’s just a matter of finding which one is yours. In our case, it’s music. and it’s through this music that we hope we can also give to others their silent sanctuary.” This is the answer of the band on an interview on how they got their name.
Silent Sanctuary was formed in 2001 with just three founding members, Norman Dellosa (vocals, guitars), Paolo Legaspi (bass), and Allen Calixto (drums). As a growing band, they experimented in their music by mixing in classical instruments to make a unique sound, adding the forth member, Norman’s high school classmate Anjo Inacay (cellist) to the line-up. In 2002 they were asked to guest in UnTV’s In the Raw where Anjo asked Jett Ramirez to create string arrangements for their performance. More string instrumentalists joined them during that single episode. Later Jett and Chino David (violinists) were both asked as a formal member of the band. The band then received small time success playing on bars and special events. They even got featured on MTV Lokal. In Febuary of 2004, they released an independtly produced full length album in Millenia Bar and Cafe in Kamuning entitled Ellipsis of the Mind.
In April 19, 2007, they released their second studio album entitled, Fuchsiang Pag-Ibig now under Universal Records and a new lineup with Sarkei Sarangay replacing Norman.
Silence Sanctuary Influences
The band’s unique sound is a product of their many different influences which can be heard when listening to their album. Among are Dave Matthews Band, Bob Marley, Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Satriani, Greenday, Metallica and Apocalyptica to name a few. And on local bands, Eraserheads, Barbie’s Cradle and Sugarfree are their influences.
Before releasing their second album in 2007, they won the 2006 NU Rock Awards In The Raw Award. Their singles Rebound, Ikaw Lamang, Parol, Ingat Ka and Summer Song all gained considerable air time on radio stations and music channels. With Rebound and Ikaw Lamang placing second and forth on RX 93.1’s Top 7 OPM Year Ender Countdown of 2007.
In 2008 they were nominated in the MYX Music Awards on two categories, Favorite Song for Ikaw Lamang and Favorite New Artist.
Silent Sanctuary Albums
- Ellipsis of the Mind (2004)
- Praeludium et Maestro in Mi Minore
- Stay for a While
- Talagang Ganyan
- Sleep to Dream
- Broken in Silence
- Game Over
- Broken in Silence (Piano Version)
2. Fuchsiang Pag-Ibig (2007)
- Sandali Lang
- Ikaw Lamang
- Ingat Ka
- Pink 5ive
- For Tonight
- Summer Song
- Wala Na
- Summer Song
- Ingat ka
- Maalala Mo Sana (Sana Maulit Muli OST)
- Tuyo Ng Damdamin (Apo album tribute “Kami Na Po Ulit Muna”)