In 1999, as editor of Channels, an entertainment magazine for a cable TV company, I had the privilege of interviewing Philippine national artist Lucio San Pedro. This was a year before he passed away. Little did I know how much impact that afternoon’s conversation would have on how I create music. To put it simply: he opened my mind to using traditional Philippine folk songs as building blocks for my own compositions.
I've been working through my folk song-inspired ideas for new tracks and this latest one, "Sitsiritsit Alibangbang," is one I always wanted to play with but had no idea how to manipulate it into something electronic and modern.
Here's a new upbeat and jazzy electronic track entitled "Lamay," which means funeral wake in Filipino. I took the melody from a traditional folk song and put together a joyful, jazzy, energetic arrangement that focuses less on the grief of losing a loved one, and more on the hope of being reunited with the loved… Continue reading New Track + Video: Lamay
"Bahay Kubo" (Nipa Hut) is one of those Filipino folk songs that every elementary child in the Philippines used to learn early on since it was a lesson in naming your vegetables set to a catchy tune. I used the folk song as inspiration for this track.
I believe going back to our roots musically, is what can and will put Philippine music on the map, and in turn influence other cultures