Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It's Galactik Fiestamatik for Rico Blanco's first major solo concert

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 On Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2013, Rico made history as he held his first solo concert dubbed “Rico Blanco LIVE!” at the Music Museum. The event was sold out by the week it was held as his fans, friends, and supporters trooped to the venue to witness what was promised to be a highly visual out-of-this-world journey through Rico Blanco's musical career. This wasn't just your standard concert; it was a show in every sense of the word.
Ever since the artist introduced the feather-and-chrome-clad persona of “Fiesto Bandido” for his newest album “Galactik Fiestamatik,” Rico Blanco's fans all over the country have been treated to a dose of the spectacle that has become the trademark for the musical chameleon's current persona. What with all the ati-atihan-inspired attire, the beats, the tribal dancing reminiscent of town fiestas (assuming fiestas are held in space), and the colorful light show that accompanies the music beat by beat.

“I'm doing away with my old habits with a rock band,” he declares. Which is exactly what he did, removing any semblance of the traditional rock setup; stripping his music down to primal beats, electronic textures, and his trademark keys. At the same time, Rico brings back the concept of a “rock show,” a visual experience which Filipino music fans haven't had in quite sometime. It is pure audacity not present in a lot of artists, a brave move that was so crazy that it actually worked.

Lights out. Fiesto glided onstage to the haunting opening keys of “Amats,” the first single from his latest album. By the time the thunderous beats started, the concert turned into a space age light-and-sound show. The musical bandit didn't stop there as he dove right into his next single, “Burado.”

He may be a forward-thinking artist, but not one to disavow his roots. Blanco proceeded to do an electro medley of his old band Rivermaya's hits: “Umaaraw, Umuulan,” “Kisapmata,” “Elesi,” and “Kung Ayaw Mo, Huwag Mo.” The audience caught on to their old favorites, and sang and clapped along as the Fiestamatik Ringleader egged them on.

After performing his newest single, the wistful “Lipat Bahay,” singer-songwriter Kitchie Nadal joined Blanco onstage for a different take on the Rivermaya ditty, “214.” The man of the night then went on to another look back, as he performed “Balisong” and “You'll Be Safe Here” before wrapping up the number with a tender track off “Fiestamatik,” “Hours and Days.”

Blanco wore the Filipino flag on his sleeve as he performed the Heber Bartolome classic, “Tayo'y Mga Pinoy.” The song is also the theme song of SMART Bro's “Tayo'y Mga Pinoy” campaign which featured the artist collaborating with other musical greats Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, and Barbie Almalbis.

He then went a little forward in time again, back to his Rivermaya days as he performed “Panahon Na Naman” with a pre-recorded Chito Miranda, a riff off their viral video on Blanco's Youtube channel, RicoBlancoTV. He also went on to do another medley from his old band, with an apt focus on positivity (“Posible,” “Awit ng Kabataan,” “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita,” and “Liwanag sa Dilim”), after going off with the declarative “Antukin,” off Blanco's first solo album.

And because Fiesto Bandido is the Intergalactic pied piper, he kicked it up a notch further with the hypnotic “Sayaw,” featuring Ira Cruz on guitars, breaking his own “no guitar” rule, further proving that nothing is sacred to him as far as musical exploration is concerned...not even his own rules. People took their cue from the song as the audience left their seats, throwing their hands in the air clearly wanting more.

It was all dance mayhem from then on, as Blanco went the 80s route with his song “What It Is,” before ending the night with the powerful “Yugto,” his breakout single as a solo artist. But people can never ever have enough of an experience such as this show, so he returned with the intimate “Your Universe,” before punctuating the night with what could possibly be his personal artistic statement through his song “Ngayon.”

Celebrities spotted in the audience included veteran actor Christopher de Leon, Bela Padilla, Melissa Ricks, members of Parokya ni Edgar, Never the Strangers and General Luna, musician/producer Francis Reyes, and singer Paolo Valenciano.

And because the concert was sold out, Rico Blanco hinted at a possible repeat: “We're probably going do another show for those who didn't make it!"

The 'Galactik' adventures of Fiesto Bandido have only just begun.

Rico Blanco Live! was brought to you by Warner Music Philippines and presented by Smart Communications. Can’t get enough of Rico? Get his ringback tone just text RICO to 2447 (Smart Subscribers only). Galactik Fiestamatik is available in your favorite record bars and iTunes store.

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Trumpet Players Invited to a Workshop by Raymond De Leon at the CCP

Press Release:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines is inviting trumpet players to attend the Trumpet Workshop to be given by international prize-winning trumpet player Raymond De Leon on Thursday and Friday, September 5 & 6, 2013 from 1:30 – 5:30 PM at the Silangan Hall, 4th Floor, Cultural Center of the Philippines. Trumpet players are requested to bring their trumpets for participation in the trumpet choir.

The workshop will follow the trumpet masterclass participated in by selected trumpet players.
Raymond De Leon is a three-time first prize winner of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Raymond was a semi-finalist in the 1st Calvia International Trumpet Competition in Mallorca, Spain in 2003. He won Third Prize in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Trumpet Competition in New Jersey in 2006 and won First Prize in the Seattle Philharmonic Don Bushell Concerto Competition in 2011. This led to his debut with the Seattle Philharmonic on March 2012, playing the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto. Raymond has performed and toured in Europe, U.S.A., and Asia with international orchestra players and competed in international music competitions.

De Leon is the featured artist of the second concert of the CCP Special Concert Series on September 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

For more information, please email the CCP Artist Training Division at ccp.artist.training@gmail.com or call 832-1125 loc. 1604/1605. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Alice in Wonderland Follows the Rabbit to Repertory Philippines on August 17

Go on a wild rabbit chase with Alice as she follows the busy rabbit down to the hole of madness as Repertory Philippines’ Theatre for Young Audiences takes you to another colorful adventure with the staging of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

An invitation and attendance to a Mad Hatter Tea Party press conference held last July by Repertory Philippines provided us our first glimpse into what the play would be like. Knowing how consistently spectacular and colorful were last years’ children’s plays under the masterful direction Ms. Joy Virata, it’s no stretch of the imagination to expect another blockbuster of a play. If the presscon preview was any indication of the fun-ness of this upcoming play, then I am sure all the children will have a blast. You can tell in an instant from the talents’ natural performance and smooth interaction with the others that these thespians have not given up the young child inside them.  I would even go as far to say that being child-like is still a big part of them.  And that is what makes the magic in the Repertory Philippines’ Theatre for Young Audiences come alive.

So what will we expect from this version of the timeless classic whimsical tale of Lewis Caroll?  Fun, craziness, and beautiful music is what I see.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND is set to open on August 17, 2013 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. The show runs until December 15, 2013. You must not miss it or it’s OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!

The cast is composed of the following: Dani Gana and Chaye Mogg (Alice), Nacho Tambunting, Jim Ferrer and Reb Atadero (Rabbit), Liesl Batucan (Duchess), Bituin Escalante and Natalie Everett  (Queen of Hearts), Becca Coates and Janine Tolentino  (Storyteller / Flora), Rachel Coates and Marie Delgado (Storyteller / Dora), Oliver Usison and Kendrick Ibasco (Walrus / King of Hearts), Nic Campos and Joel Trinidad (French Mouse / Carpenter / Mad Hatter), Onyl Torres and James Stacey (Caterpillar / March Hare), Antonio Lane and Jay Pangilinan (Mock Turtle), Reymund Domingo and Khevin Almario (Duck / Kettle), Edward Briones (Lory / Baby), Dingdong Rosales (Lory / Baby / Tweedledum), Josh Ramirez and Chino Veguillas (Dodo / Tweedledee / Doormouse), Shalee Vicencio and Gold Soon (Moon / Court Member), Ina Salonga (Tears / Court Member), Kyla Rivera (Tears / Oyster / Door), Clark Francis dela Riva and Bobby Superales (Door / Oyster) and Bym Buhain (Door / Tweedledum).

Co-presented by  the City of Makati,  ALICE IN WONDERLAND   is a  perfect treat for the whole family.

 The artistic and creative team of  ALICE IN WONDERLAND is led by Joy Virata (Director), Liesl Batucan (Assistant Director), Baby Barredo (Musical Director), Jamie Wilson (Technical Director), Gino Gonzales (Set Designer), Raven Ong  (Costume Designer), John Batalla (Lights Designer), Lisa, Tintin and Cecille Martinez (Choreographers), Ony Torres (Vocal Coach) and Jay Pangilinan (Musical Arranger).

Sunday, August 11, 2013

VENTHRILLA In Manila: Ventriloquism and Puppetry Showdown at the CCP

Press Release:
The three popular ventriloquists in the country -- Ony Carcamo, Wanlu, and Ruther Urquia -- perform together in "Venthrilla in Manila," at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Tanghalang Huseng Batute on August 16 (7:30pm) and August 17 (3pm and 7:30pm), 2013.

The live puppet show features fun, and usually educational, ventriloquism segments using Manila's famous landmarks (Luneta, University Belt, Quiapo, Divisoria, etc.) as backdrops. Ony and his wooden boy pal Kulas talk about the adventures and misadventures of youngsters studying in Manila. Wanlu and his naughty Nicolo relive the old Escolta and Quiapo, once the business capitals of the country. Ruther and Lolo Teddy bring back the memories of how Luneta and Intramuros made indelible marks in our history.

Ony is an award-winning poet and author. He has performed in schools, comedy bars, corporate venues, and theaters, including the CCP Main Theater.

Wanlu won the hearts of our local televiewers when he became a hall of famer of the popular TV5 talent show "Talentadong Pinoy." A veteran kiddie party host and performer, he has represented the country in international puppetry festivals.

Ruther made his mark when he clinched the first "Pilipinas Got Talent" finals of ABS-CBN. A former youth pastor and a seasoned magician and church speaker, he has appeared in numerous television and radio shows that showcase his talents.

For details and tickets, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ZIA QUIZON Recording her long-awaited Sophomore Album

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Singer/Songwriter Zia gears up to her sophomore via PolyEast Records titled “A Little Bit of Lovin.” PolyEast Records announces that Zia is halfway-through recording her second album and back with her worldly, earthy soul voice with the new single “Pasakalye” written by Jungee Marcelo. “Pasakalye” have hit the radios the past weeks and  launched on ASAP  July 28. 

“A Little Bit of Lovin” is Zia’s follow-up to her self-titled debut in 2011 with the chart-topping and award-winning songs “Ako Na Lang”, “Dear Lonely” and “Simple Girl”. The new CD will be available in stores this July with eight original cuts including Zia’s compositions and two classic revivals.


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