We have had various musical concerts in the past featuring different instruments and even a full orchestra but this time around, the spotlight will be on this interesting piece of work. It’s none other than the FLUTE!
Yes that’s right and in an initiative to promote cultural exchange and regional talent showcase of ASEAN member states and Republic of Korea, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Seoul Music Group team up for the first ASEAN-KOREA Flute Festival.
In their recent press conference held at PETA Theater Center, we were honored meeting these talented and gifted musicians of the traditional flute and what makes it really unique is that each Asian nation has its own version of their ethnic flutes coming in all shapes and sizes and a veracity in their output sound!
The distinguished panel during the presser were Annie Luis of NCCA, Qing Lung Tan - Festival Director, National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon P. Santos - Artistic Director and Tracy Santiago of NCCA.
The theme is Celebrating ASEAN Tradions Across Cultures, and the exciting music festival gathers some of the finest flute musicians from the region to perform and provide lectures in various cultural, public and academic venues in the Philippines and Korea which kicked off November 26 and runs thru to December 9, 2017.
We were given a beautiful sampling of 11 magical and mystical melodies of these mesmerizing flutes as performed by 11 featured uber talented individuals from the asian region.
Featuring the artistic direction of National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon P. Santos, the ASEAN-Korea Flute Festival is set to break new grounds for deeper sense of cultural awareness and better understanding of our shared musical heritage with neighboring ASEAN nations and Korea.
The cross-cultural went on school tours in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan and Pampanga. These performances gave students a chance to learn more about these ethnic musical wonders upclose.
The Flute Festival culminates with a Gala Concert at Carlos P. Romulo Theater RCBC Plaza on December 1 and a public performance concert at the Luneta Open Auditorium on December 2. Both shows are FREE to the public.
This is the "daegum" from South Korea. It is a large bamboo transverse flute, particularly used to perform traditional sanjo music.
The guest flutists from all over the Asian region include:
Benicio Sokkong - Philippines
Surasak Kingsai - Thailand
Ghanavenothan Retnam - Singapore
Thao Nguyen - Vietnam
Awang Minggo - Brunei
Soulinh Sengkham - Laos
Firlany Malik - Malaysia
Khean Yun - Cambodia
Desmal Hendri - Indonesia
Than Zaw - Myanmar
Dasom Baek - South Korea
Mr Beni Sokkong proud of his personal ethnic flutes/nose flutes that he made by himself from up in the Kalinga mountains.
See, hear and watch him perform together with 43 other local and Asian artists in two concert dates set for December 1 at RCBC Plaza in Makati 7PM and December 2 at the Luneta 6PM.
This is going to be magical!
We hope this flute festival comes back again in a year or two from now.
Don't miss this exciting mix of indigenous and ethnic instruments from different parts of the Asian region come together in pure harmony
For more details please email : [email protected] or visit the event page: www.facebook.com/NCCA.ASEAN.PH .