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Blast from the Past: Intriguing Music from the Last Century

Listen to music by the late National Artist for Music Jose Montserrat Maceda, born 100 years ago.
IMAGE COURTESY OF THE CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES
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In commemoration of the birth centennial of the late National Artist for Music Jose Montserrat Maceda (1917-2004), the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology and the Cultural Center of the Philippines present the exhibit “Attitude of the Mind.” Co-curated by Dayang Yraola and Ricky Francisco, the show, now on view at the CCP’s Bulwagang Juan Luna, hopes to make Maceda, a composer, musicologist, teacher, and performer, better known and appreciated by a greater number of people.


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Maceda’s audio recording machines displayed at the “Reading Maceda, Prelude” exhibit earlier this year

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In her curatorial notes, Yraola states, “Our ‘course of action,’ is to make available Maceda’s knowledge and materials to a different set of users—to people who are not sharing his same expertise, and to marvel where this could all bring us.” Aside from the display of Maceda’s musical scores, personal items, writings, equipment, and archival photographs, the exhibit also features newly commissioned works by six artists, each showing different aspects of Maceda’s contribution to Philippine music and culture.


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A young Jose Maceda playing the piano

Co-curator Francisco has constructed an archival installation to introduce Maceda’s life and work; Leo Abaya provides an audio-video installation; Ringo Bunoan’s installation dissects the effects of Maceda’s “Cassettes 100” performance at the CCP; Tad Ermitaño makes use of a robotic music installation in his tribute; while for theirs, the experimental musicians Malek Lopez and Arvin Nogueras have created a “digital rendition” of Maceda’s unperformed composition, “Accordeon and Mandolin,” which will also be exhibited with a compositional analysis by professor Chris Brown. Ongoing until December 3, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay; culturalcenter.gov.ph

This story was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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