Five environmental soundscapes interact with film in Daluy: Musika at Kapaligiran, a concert of Dr. Jonas Baes’ compositions. The concert is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, November 27, 7:00 PM at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. This special performance caps the invitation-only Project Bakawan Arts Festival 2015 Press Launch to be held earlier that day.
Dr. Baes, presently the Chair of the Department of Composition and Theory at the UP Diliman College of Music, is well known for his using a wide range of musical instruments in his unconventional compositions. His instruments range from indigenous bamboo types to everyday objects such as dry leaves or iron nails. In Daluy: Musika at Kapaligiran, Baes’ soundscapes interact with videos made by the UP Cineastes. Each video is a treatise about different environments in the Philippines, both social and natural.
The concert will feature performances from the UP College of Music Ensembles, UP TUGMA, Gabriel V. Molina, Mary Katherine Tiangco, and the Sanghaya Choir. Alexander John Villanueva will conduct the audience in a special live participation segment of the concert.
Daluy: Musika at Kapaligiran is part of UP College of Music Faculty Concert Series, held in cooperation with Project Bakawan. Inspired by the bakawan, or mangrove ecosystem—a network vital to maintaining ecological balance—Project Bakawan is a network of artists and educators who embark on parallel searches to seek and strengthen vital connections between artistic practice, ecologies and people’s communities.
The Project Bakawan Arts Festival 2015, to be held in February next year in various sites in UP Diliman, will link and mobilize artists, cultural workers and educators to create spaces for learning and discussing potential solutions regarding our country’s current ecological crises.
Part of the festival’s programming is the ongoing Project Bakawan Pathfinder’s Workshop Series, which combines lectures on environmental advocacy, spearheaded by the Center for Environmental Concerns, and creative laboratory activities, facilitated by artists from the Project Bakawan network.
Other aspects of the festival include film showing, community art collaborations, public site installations, art exhibits, performances and sound art terminals. Notable artists such as Ramon Santos,Jonas Baes, Junyee, Elmer Bolognan, Rodel Tapaya, Katti Sta. Ana, Alma Quinto, and many others, will be part of exhibits and community building initiatives to be curated by the festival’s pool of curators which include Lian Ladia and Siddhartha Perez of Planting Rice, Ruel Caasi and Antares Bartolome, Manny Garibay, Claro and Eileen Ramirez, Dayang Yraola, Rolando Tolentino and the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.
Daluy: Musika at Kapaligiran concert is only one of the many art events to look forward to from Project Bakawan’s network of artists, educators and environmental advocates.