Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Performance 8PM, NOVEMBER 28 Green Papaya Art Projects Lecture\demo 2:30PM NOVEMBER 29 UP College of Music-Mini Hall Workshop 4:00PM NOVEMBER 29 UP College of Music-Mini Hall

Astad Deboo brings new dimension to the ever ubiquitous dynamics of innovation and tradition in dance. Venturing into the less-trodden path of modern dance in India, Astad has bravely sought a variety of dance traditions, styles, technique and knowledge, combing through world cultures while fruitfully combining them with his own tradition and experiences. Born in 1947 in Navsari, Gujarat, Astad Deboo initially received training in Kathak under Guru Prahlad Das in Calcutta and in Kathakali under Guru E K Panicker. He later attended the London School of Contemporary dance learning Martha Graham's modern dance technique and Jose Limon's in New York. Along with these and other experiences with dance companies in Japan and Indonesia, he has created a dance theatre style of his own which successfully assimilates Indian and western techniques.

Now in Manila for the Asian Performing Arts Festival, Astad Deboo shall be giving a performance/artist presentation at Green Papaya Art Projects on Wednesday, November 28, 8 PM. He will also talk about his process and share his artistic process the next day, November 29, 2:30PM with a lecture-demonstration at UP College of Music Mini Hall. A dance workshop follows thereafter at 4PM.

Admission is free. For inquiries, please call +63926 6635606 or email

The 9th San Agustin International Music Festival, the premiere musical and cultural event in Intramuros, unreels on November 28 to 30 at the San Agustin Church with a powerhouse assemblage of the finest musicians both from here and abroad. This year’s festival has a special musical relevance since we commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the restoration of the 18th Century Pipe Organ of San Agustin Church, a National Cultural Landmark. Featured artists are Spanish organist Miquel González, Filipino bassoonist Adolfo Mendoza, the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir, the Union Church Chancel Choir and the Manila Philharmonic Brass Ensemble.

González, the Badalona-Barcelona organist is a winner of the prestigious Prix Ruiz-Morales in the Música en Compostela tilt and the Joventuts Musicals d’ Espanya national competition held at the Girona Cathedral. Mendoza, principal bassoonist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) and faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, has performed in key cities around the world as part of the Asian Youth Orchestra. Organist González teams up with bassoonist Mendoza to perform compositions of Vivaldi, Elgar, Devienne and Spohr, among others. The Philippine Madrigal Singers under choirmaster, Mark Anthony Carpio, is the only group to win the coveted European Choral Grand Prix twice, the latest of which was held in Arezzo, Italy last August.

On November 28, Miquel González, will interpret baroque pieces of Anselm Viola(1738-1798) and Charles Baguer (1768-1808) and together with the bassoonist, Adolfo Mendoza, the Concerto in D Minor by Antonio Vivaldi. The Philippine Madrigal Singers will render, among others, the Pater Noster, Christmas Spiritual Medley and Mga Awit ng Pasko. On November 29, organist González and bassoonist Mendoza will be followed by the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir under conductor Theresa Vizconde-Roldan as they render the pieces like Living a Holy City, Salve Regina, Halina’t Umawit. On November 30, after the performance of the organist and the bassoonist, the Union Church Chancel Choir and the Manila Philharmonic Brass Ensemble under the direction of Eudenice Palaruan will close the three-day festival with the performance of John Rutter’s Gloria to welcome the Yuletide Season. They will be joined by a composite choir from various church choirs.
The festival is organized by the Director of San Agustin Museum in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, Instituto Cervantes, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines and DZFE 98.7. Concerts start at 8:00 p.m. For details, contact 526-6793 to 94 or 527-4060 to 61.