åMaestro Lucio San Pedro teaching a class
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Interview with Philippine National Artist Lucio San Pedro

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.

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Creative MIDI Sequencing Tips and “Sitsiritsit Alibangbang”

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.

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New Track + Video: Lamay

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

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New Track: Bahay Kubo – a Filipino Folk Song Turned Downtempo

"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.

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TOWARDS A TRULY PHILIPPINE MUSIC

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