Composers across Asia to meet in PH

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THE 2015 Festival-Conference of The Asian Composers’ League (ACL) will present concerts, lectures, conference, and workshops linking new music and nature under the theme of “Likha-Likas: Reconfiguring Music, Nature, and Myth” from November 6 to 11.

The Asian Composers’ League (ACL) is an international organization of composers, music practitioners, and music enthusiasts. Member nations include the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pacific islands like New Zealand, Australia and Western Asian nations like Turkey and Israel.

Various independent composers not affiliated with a national chapter also hold ACL memberships. 18 years have passed since the Philippines hosted the International Festival and Conference of ACL.

The 33rd Festival coincides with the integration of ASEAN, music from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will enjoy greater visibility than in previous festivals.


This international event is made possible through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), the Japan Foundation Asia Center, The University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology, UP Office of International Linkages, UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, University of Santo Tomas and its Rector Office, the College of St. Benilde and its Department of Sound Design and Arts, and Centro Escolar University (CEU).

The schedule is as follows  Saturday, November 7

• 9 a.m.: Workshop-Demo by renowned composer Chinary Ung; Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

• 1 p.m.: Concerts of Art Songs, Ethno-Pop & Electronic Music; Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

• 3:30 p.m.: Workshop by Taiwanese electronic music composer Yu Chung Tseng; Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

• 7:30 p.m.: Young Composers Prize (Competition); Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines

*Workshops on the music of Thailand and Cambodia will be held at Centro Escolar University led by Koji Nakano, Maria Christine Muyco and Sophy Keo. Featured Cambodian group: “The Tray So.”

Sunday, November 8
• 1 p.m.: Young Composers Forum; CCP Main Theater Lobby

• 2:30 p.m.: Composition Workshop led by Dr. Jonas Baes; CCP Main Theater Lobby

• 4:30 p.m.: Traditional Music Concert featuring music from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand; Main Theater Lobby, Cultural Center of the Philippines

• 8 p.m.: Concert of Orchestral Works by Asian Composers, Josefino Chino Toledo, conductor. CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo

*The Opening Ceremonies is invitational. Other events will also be held at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music.

This international event is made possible through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), the Japan Foundation Asia Center, The University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology, UP Office of International Linkages, UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, University of Santo Tomas and its Rector Office, the College of St. Benilde and its Department of Sound Design and Arts, and Centro Escolar University (CEU).

For more information, e-mail asiancomposersleague.ph@gmail.com.

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