This weekend, five international jazz artists from the Philippines and Europe will delight Manila at the 2015 Euro-Pinoy Jazz Concerts. Their sonic syntheses will be performed in two concerts that will take place on February 20 at Tiendesitas, Ortigas Avenue; and on February 21 at the historic Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis.
The musicians’ six-day collaboration started with a three-day workshop on February 17 where distinguished musicians are currently harmonizing their unique brands of artistry to compose an original jazz repertoire. Each artist brings his own creative expressions of jazz music to the table in this exercise, with the aim of creating a fresh and distinctive identity, and fostering cultural cooperation.
Highly respected for their innovative approaches to their craft, these musicians have also come together to foster a greater appreciation of jazz music among Filipino audiences, and transcend linguistic and cultural barriers between European nations and the Philippines through the language of music. The roster includes the Philippines’ very own Henry Katindig, son of the legendary jazz musician Eddie Katindig and multi-awarded jazz drummer/percussionist Mar Dizon. European artists joining them on stage are guitarist Nguyên Lê of France, German jazz singer Michael Schiefel and Austrian bassist Raphael Preuschl.
Euro-Pinoy Jazz Concerts is organized by the Goethe-Institut, embassies of Austria, France and Switzerland together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the European Union Delegation.