Aj Villanueva, Choke Yuan Teng, Choke Yuan Tenh, Chow YunJan, Elliott Carter, Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis, Handwerk Ensemble of Cologne, Jan Karlin, Joan Quinto, John Cage, Jonas Baes, Jose Buencamino, Jose Maceda, Lou Harrison, Luong Hue Trinh, Manila, Manila Composers Lab, Pasig, Peter Edwards, Phillipines, Ramon Santos, Septian Dwi Cahyo, Verne De La Pena, What’s Next?
“I feel like I’ve just visited the Bayreuth of the Phillipines,” I said to my gracious host, composer and ethnomusicologist Ramón Pagayon Santos. He’d invited us over for an expansive morning and afternoon conversation, including lunch, the day after the final concert of the 10th anniversary of the Manila Composers Lab.
One critical aspect of my 2019 residency with the Hà Nội New Music Ensemble are my visits to the new music neighbors of Việt Nam. Before arriving in my second home here in Hà Nội, I’ve made fresh contacts with new friends in Singapore and met composers in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand. Before heading home to California I will go to Kyoto in late April after the conclusion of Hà Nội’s fourth season, to follow-up with many friends in the new music world based in Japan’s ancient capital.
I am already convinced, however, that visiting the 10th anniversary of the Manila Composers Lab will undoubtedly be the biggest highlight. I was utterly blown away visiting the unique world of the Phillipines, a place like no other on earth.