Hi friends and visitors!
We’re counting two weeks more before the New Music on the Bayou festival starts in Monroe, Louisiana! As I finalize my travel arrangements, I can officially say now that my work Gandingan sa Kagiliran (for percussion duo) will have its 5th performance during the festival on 02 June 2017, 1:00PM @ the Northminster Church (2701 Lamy Lane, Monroe LA). I will be present throughout the whole event, and that wouldn’t be possible if not for the financial support of many people around me as seen in the GoFundMe campaign I’ve set up for this purpose. To those who shared their generosity and encouragement, thank you so much!
On other news, the Continuum Contemporary Music recently posted a video of their rendition of my work Pangkur (for sextet), premiered last March 2017 at The Music Gallery. You’ll also see a pre-performance talk with me and artistic director Ryan Scott. Please check out their Youtube channel and support their upcoming projects as well.
Finally, I mentioned last time that I’m writing a piece for the Toronto Creative Music Lab in June 2017. Using the kulintang and relating that to the story of Esther and Mordecai (in the Bible) and “identity masking” for this work is something that I’m mulling over since the past weeks. Nonetheless, I’m excited to work and collaborate with lab participants Jean-Sébastien Blais (oboe), Grace Scheele (harp), Austin Lamarche (percussion) and Sarah DeNiverville (viola). I’ll post more upcoming details in regards to the premiere date and venue in Toronto as they come by, so stay tuned!