Eighteen years after the last Philippine hosting, the 33rd International Festival and Conference of the ACL returns in time with the ASEAN integration.
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 on November 6 to 11, 2015.
The Asian Composers’ League 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.
This year, the musical genius of fellow ASEAN countries like Cambodia Laos Thailand and Vietnam will enjoy greater visibility than in previous festivals.
On November 7, Chinary Ung and Yu Chung Tseng, renowned ASIAN composers, will lead workshops, demonstrations and the Concert of Art Songs, Entho-Pop and Electronic Music at the Black Box Theatre, School of Design and Arts, College of Saint Benilde.
Another set of workshop-demo on Thai and Cambodian music will take place at the Centro Escolar University with Koji Nakano, Maria Christine Muyco, and Sophy Keoalongside the Cambodian group “The Tray So”
Also on November 7, the Young Composers’ Prize musical competition will happen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
On November 8, Young Composers’ Forum will take place at the CCP Little Theatre along with a workshop led by Dr. Jonas Baes. A concert on traditional music from Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand will follow.
On the evening of November 8, Josefino Chino Toledo will lead a concert featuring orchestral works by Asian composers at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.
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, the College of St. Benilde and its Department of Sound Design and Arts, and Centro Escolar University (CEU).
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