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Monday, February 18, 2013

Tunogtugan: Asian Gongs and Bamboo Music Ensembles

Press Announcement:
Many of the gong and bamboo instruments bear similarities with those found in the Philippines, but the instrumental groupings, the musics and the performance practice vary from culture to culture depending on the historical circumstances surrounding each and every ethnolinguistic group.

This February, the Filipino audience will witness an exciting exchange of musical performances by Gongs and Bamboo Music ensembles from different Asian countries when they gather for Tunogtugan, the First International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival in Dipolog City from February 16 to 22 and Maasin, Iloilo from February 22 to 26, 2013.

Forming a major part of Tunogtugan are the concerts that will provide the experience of a wide range, tone, color, texture and distinctive musicality of all the participating performing groups in the Festival.  The challenge of this component is programming the concert of all the groups of varied musical performance disciplines. Within seven days, 7 formal concerts are scheduled in addition to performances during the opening and closing ceremonies.

The international undertaking will involve more than 250 artists from the Philippines, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and South Korea

Participants from the Philippines include Bagobo Clata of Davao City, The Cordillera Music Tutorial and Research Center of Baguio City, Dipolog City Bamboo Marimba Ensemble of Dipolog City, Ifugao Performing Arts Group, Ingat Kapandayan Artist Center, Tausug  of Jolo, Sulu, Maguindanao Kulintang Ensemble of Cotabato City, Panay Bukidnon of Iloilo, Roxas Ahadas Yakan Music Cultural Group of Basilan, Subanen of Lapuyan of Zamboanga del Sur, Subanen of Siayan and Subanen of Sindangan of Zamboanga del Norte, and Teduray Agong Ensemble of Maguindanao.

Participants from other parts of Asia include Central Conservatory of Music Konghou and Bamboo Music Ensemble of Beijing, China, The Vayali Folklore Group  of Kerala, India, Ensamble Modero Palu of Sulawesi, Indonesia, Persatuan Seni Budaya Sabah of Sabah, Malaysia, Noreum Machi of South Korea, Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra, Prasarnmit Performing Arts Alliance , Bangkok, Thailand, Khac Chi Bamboo Music of Vietnam and Canada.

Gongs and bamboo music are still very much in practice today, but their significance has not been fully appreciated and explored. Tunogtugan was conceptualized to fully realize the importance of the gongs and bamboo tradition in contemporary life.

The festival will also stage performances in Metro Manila February 27- 28, 2013.

Tunogtugan is a project of The National Commission for Culture and the Arts- National Music Committee (NCCA-NMC) through the Musicological Society of the Philippines (MSP) in partnership with the Dipolog City Government in cooperation with Municipality of Maasin-Iloilo and the UP Center for Ethnomusicology (UPCE). For inquiries call Telefax: (02) 926 0028 or  Email: gongsandbamboofest@gmail.com.



Tunog-Tugan: First International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival
16-22 February 2013 / Dipolog City, Philippines

Schedule of Activities (as of Jan. 14, 2013)


Date                                                     Time                                                    Activity / Venue

16 Feb. (Sat.)                                                                                                     Arrival
5:00-6:30 PM                                    Orientation (DSC Lobby)
7:00 PM                                               Welcome Dinner (DSC Lobby)
9:00 PM                                               Artistic Directors Meeting (West End Court)

17 Feb (Sun.)                                    9:00-11:00AM                                  General Assembly (DSC) 
6:00 PM                                               Photo Op (DSC)
7:00 PM                                               Opening Ceremonies &  Concert (DSC)
8:30 PM                                               Special Dinner (DSC Lobby)

18 Feb (Mon.)                                   9:00 AM-12:00 PM                         Conference (Top Plaza Hotel)
9:00AM-12:00PM                           Outreach 1-2
1:00 PM-5:00 PM                            Workshops (Top Plaza Hotel)
1:00 PM                                               Concert 1 (DSC)
3:00 PM                                               Opening of Exhibition (DSC, 2nd floor lobby) 
4:00 PM                                               Concert  2 (DSC)
5:30 PM                                               Concert 3 (Boulevard)

19 Feb (Tue.)                                    9:00 AM-12:00 PM                         Conference (Top Plaza Hotel)
9:00AM-12:00PM                           Outreach 3-4
1:00 PM-5:00 PM                            Workshops (Top Plaza Hotel)
1:00 PM                                               Concert 4 (DSC)
4:00 PM                                               Concert 5 (DSC)
5:30 PM                                               Concert 6 (Boulevard)

20 Feb. (Wed.)                                 9:00 AM-12:00 PM                         Conference (Top Plaza Hotel)
9:00AM-12:00PM                           Outreach 5-6
1:00 PM-5:00 PM                            Workshops (Top Plaza Hotel)
1:00 PM                                               Concert 7 (DSC)
4:00 PM                                               Concert 8 (DSC)
5:30 PM                                               Concert 9 (Boulevard)
7:00 PM                                               Dipolog Night (Boulevard)

21 Feb. (Thu.)                                   5:30 AM                                               Tunog-tugan Park (DSC)
8:00-12:00PM                                  Tour of Dipolog
7:00 PM                                               Closing Concert (DSC)
9:00 PM                                               Solidarity Night (Blvd. Comm. Center)

22 Feb. Fri.)                                                                                                       Departure



Tunog-Tugan: First International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival
22-26 February 2013 / Maasin, Iloilo, Philippines

Schedule of Activities (as of December 21, 2012)

Date                                                     Time                                                    Activity / Venue

22 Feb.  (Fri.)                                                                                                    Arrival

23 Feb (Sat.)                                      7:00 PM                                               Opening Ceremonies and Concert 1
 (Maasin Gym)

24 Feb (Sun.)                                    3:00 PM                                               Concert 2 (Maasin Gym)
6:00 PM                                               Concert 3 (Maasin Gym)

25 Feb (Mon.)                                   3:00 PM                                               Concert 4 (Maasin Gym)
6:00 PM                                               Closing Concert (Maasin Gym)

26 Feb (Tue.)                                                                                                    Departure


Tunog-Tugan: First International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival
27-28 February 2013 / National Capital Region

Schedule of Activities (as of Feb. 04, 2013)


Date                                                     Time                                                    Activity / Venue


26 Feb.  (Tue)                                                                                                   Arrival

27 Feb.  (Wed)                                 10:00 AM                                            University of the East - Caloocan
                                                                10:00 AM                                            Outreach Concert (St. Paul Manila)
                                                                04:00 PM                                            Outreach Concert (St. Paul Manila)

28 Feb.  (Thu)                                   02:00 PM                                            Outreach Concert (UP Diliman)
                                                                06:00 PM                                            Outreach Concert (UA & P)

Robert N. Pinsoy, Information Head, Dipolog City



Dr. Ramon P. Santos, Festival Director




6 comments:

  1. I am happy to see that indigenous music is being promoted, practiced and preserved for posterity.

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  2. Thanks for the feedback, they will be happy to hear of your enthusiasm for this first event :)

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  3. How I wish they will perform here in Manila. Please advise when they do. Last year, we watched the Drum Tao and my child liked it so much. He liked it so much that he enrolled in a percussion class. He is know learning how to play the glockenspiel. I also went to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila where I was privileged to saw Kontragapi perform. I dream that one day I can watch the very first percussion concert using our local percussion instruments and that they will be touring all-over the world. Wouldn't that be awesome?

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  4. Thanks for your wonderful feedback, Ia. Dr. Santos and the organizers will be so glad to hear to such positive comments. With all the hype on pop music, it is difficult for cultural shows such as these to get any attention. The festival will also be presented in Manila on Feb 27-28. For inquiries call Telefax: (02) 926 0028 or Email: gongsandbamboofest@gmail.com. Let's support Dipolog City and their first yearly event :)

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  5. Wow! They'll perform in my alma mater - St. Paul Manila :)

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  6. in this day + age when cheap pop music dominates the airwaves, this is a breath of fresh air. watching performances where local traditional instruments are played will be good for the mind + the soul, hopefully they can include more local venues in their schedule

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