• Spanish, PH artists to set fire on stage anew in ‘Posporo(s)’

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    BP Valenzuela

    “Posporo(s)” sets local music enthusiasts on fire on July 15 when Spanish and Filipino artists share the stage again in this series of concerts organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila. Supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), this project is aimed at showcasing indie music talents from both countries to give the two sides an opportunity to experience each other´s music.

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    After Maika Makovski and Myra Ruaro (a.k.a. Skarlet Brown) raised the curtain in the previous edition of Posporo(s), Le Parody and BP Valenzuela take over the scene to continue the meeting between musicians from the Philippines and Spain, thus allowing to bridge the gap between differences in style, artistic forms and disciplines as well as distance.

    Sole Parody, better known by her stage name Le Parody (a play on her own surname), is a Spanish musician and recording artist from Southern Spain. She is also a poet and an advocate of feminism. She began her music career as a student in Los Angeles and was a member of various bands in Madrid.

    Le Parody’s work features African folk, Bollywood rhythms, Asian echoes, flamenco beats and a rave attitude. Le Parody´s innovative music is hard to categorize in one genre. It has been characterized as “beautiful discomfort” and “sensory overload.” Le Parody’s stage performances are highly eclectic and energetic, a jovial chaos which rejects fusion but instead uses poetic lyrics and inspiring sounds drawing from diverse sources around the world.

    Le Parody´s interest in music goes beyond creation itself, she is also keen on education. In her trip to the Philippines, she will interact with students from De La Salle-Zobel High School and the Music Production students of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde during two workshops, one for adults (hosted by Pineapple Lab) and the other one for juveniles, but both centered in the creative and linguistic aspects of electronic music.

    Sole Parody

    Meanwhile, BP Valenzuela launched her singing career at the age of 18 during her first year at the Ateneo de Manila University where she was studying Sociology and Anthropology. In 2014, she released her first EP entitled “be/ep” and later decided to pursue a degree in music at the De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde. Later that year, she worked on her debut album, with Nicholas Lazaro of Twin Lobster and Moonwlk co-producing “Pretty Car”, “Building Too” and “The Fury and Sound”. This coming-out album, called “The Neon Hour”, was released on March 30, 2015. That same year, her first single, “Steady,” was released and featured in the indie film “Sleepless.”

    It is not the first time that Le Parody and BP Valenzuela have been musically linked together. They were both involved in Vinculados, a project organized by DLSU-CSB and la mitocondria with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports through its Hispanex program in which 7 Filipino bands were asked to cover famous Spanish bands. BP Valenzuela covered Le Parody´s “Hondo Agujero” and fortunately, thanks to Posporo(s), they will now be able to perform live together.

    Posporo(s) takes place at the Social House in Circuit Makati. More than just a concert, Posporo(s), will have a video installation for the first time by Mvltiverse. This is a multimedia collective formed by Derek Tumala, Megan Palero, Clarissa Gonzalez and Junie Linsoco that creates new forms in transcending the moving image through live performance, new media and installations.

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