UP presents the MACEDA PROJECT 2013

“Hitherto unheard sounds as well as rare music from remote peoples may be edited on tape to make new forms and combinations of sound.” –Jose Maceda, from his essay Philippine Music and Contemporary Aesthetics, published in 1956 (Quote courtesy of Tad Ermitano, on Facebook)

"Listen to My Music". Poster courtesy of the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology
“Listen to My Music”. Poster courtesy of the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology

If you’re interested in ethnomusicology, don’t miss “Listen to My Music,” an exhibit of works and collection of and by JOSE MACEDA–a composer, pianist, teacher, ethnomusicologist and philosopher. The concert is a collaborative event -with composers (Ramon Santos, Jonas Baes, Verne dela Pena), Christine Muyco, engineers from UPEEE Digital Signal Processing Laboratory, and contemporary sound artists (Erick Calilan, Tengal Drilon, Tad Ermitano, Jing Garcia, Paolo Garcia, Cris Garcimo, Malek Lopez, Armi Millare, Arvin Nogueras, Jon Romero.

Also on exhibit are videos by Egai Navarro and Rica Concepcion of Maceda’s performance.

Here’s why it should be interesting even if you prefer modern pop music. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts notes:

Jose Maceda, composer, musicologist, teacher and performer, explored the musicality of the Filipino deeply. Maceda embarked on a life-long dedication to the understanding and popularization of Filipino traditional music. Maceda’s researches and fieldwork have resulted in the collection of an immense number of recorded music taken from the remotest mountain villages and farthest island communities. He wrote papers that enlightened scholars, both Filipino and foreign, about the nature of Philippine traditional and ethnic music. Maceda’s experimentation also freed Filipino musical expression from a strictly Eurocentric mold.

Usually performed as a communal ritual, his compositions like Ugma-ugma(1963), Pagsamba (1968), and Udlot-udlot (1975), are monuments to his unflagging commitment to Philippine music. Other major works include Agungan, Kubing, Pagsamba, Ugnayan, Ading, Aroding, Siasid, Suling-suling.

The opening reception and performance: 25 June 2013, 5PM, with Maestro Chino Toledo on baton for Dissemination. The Talk is on July 4, 4-6PM. The exhibit runs from 26June to 26July 2013

*For inquiries, RSVP for the opening, guided group tours and reservation of slots for talk please email upethno@gmail.com (subject title Listen)

A notice for the event says the Maceda Project is co-presented by the UP Office of the Chancellor, UP MUSAR Fund, National Commission for Culture and the Arts. With the assistance of Cultural Center of the Philippines, HongKong Chinese Orchestra, UP College of Music Library, Amihan Studios.

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