The first CCP International Jazz Festival attracted 150 jazz musicians from all over the world in 2011, this year in its second edition, the music fest aims not only to replicate its success but to also serve as platform to promote Filipino artists.
From Sept. 17 to 22, various venues at the Cultural Center of the Philippines will play host to 100 artists and 15 bands from the Philippines, USA, Europe and Asia for workshops, lectures and performances.
The CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo will feature performers and groups whose production and equipment set-up would call for a larger stage and expected audience size, while the Silangan Hall will cater to jazz aficionados who prefer a more intimate setting. In addition, partnerships with some hotels enable some of the festival performers to provide a sampling of their expertise in these venues.
Bands and artists slated to perform at the event are the Dutch quartet, Buzz Bros Band, drummer Harald Huyssen, Low-Cal, Johnny Alegre, Humanfolk, Indonesian guitarist Wayan Balawan, Italian accordionist, pianist and guitarist Fabio Turchetti, Shun Kikuta, Malaysian acoustic guitar player Roger Wang, Royal Hartigan and Blood Drum Spirit, Bob Aves, Sitti, UP Jazz Ensemble, Emi Munji and his orchestra, UST Jazz Band, New Musicians Guild and Anything Goes, A.M.P. Big Band, Akasha, MAJAM, Charito, Bandung Blues Project, Brown Fix and Brass Munkeys.
According to President Raul Sunico, this year’s International Jazz Festival is not just about the genre, “CCP hopes to bring the Philippines into the mainstream of global jazz activity and make it a legitimate and recognized venue for International Jazz Festivals,” he said.
The CCP official furthered that the primary goal of the much-awaited event, apart from recognizing the jazz genre as a major style of musical creativity, is to create a community—a unified force which uses jazz a vehicle to build harmonious relationship among the country’s music figures and groups.
And as one of the performers puts it, “The music festival will have jazz everywhere, but there will be crossovers and subgenres. There will be pop, ethnic, soul…name it—it’s jazz without boarders!”