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EU launches 1st Euro-Pinoy music concert on May 30

By Ibarra C. Mateo

THE European Union delegation to the Philippines gathers musicians from Austria, Spain, Sweden, and in the country to perform in the 1st Euro-Pinoy Concert in a bid to expand EU-Philippine collaboration and cooperation among its artists.

Admission to the Euro-Pinoy Concert is free. The concert is set at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday (May 30), the The Ruins in Poblacion, Makati City. The concert is part of the celebration of the Viva Europa 2018 and the European Year of Cultural heritage.

The EU said the featured performers will be Stefan Löwenstein and Michael Rattinger (Austria), Alex Alcaraz (Spain), Jeanette Kamphuis (Sweden), and Jean Paul Zialcita and Bhutta B (Philippines).

European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen said the EU Delegation is pleased to collaborate with the Embassies of Austria and Sweden, and Instituto Cervantes de Manila to present the Euro-Pinoy Concert.

“Through the concert, we want to bring the distinctive fusion of collaboration between and among European artists and musicians along with their Filipino counterparts,” Jessen said.

“Music is the language of the soul, and this concert tries to bridge the EU and the Philippines together,” Jessen said.

Austrian Löwenstein is a sound artist, music producer, and percussionist from Vienna who develops music environments for events and brands with his company. He composed the score for Austria’s Biennale Venice entry and developed his own interactive sound installations showcased at art festivals in Manchester and York in the UK, New York, and Manila.

Manila-based Austrian Rattinger is a record digger interested in all types of percussion-heavy, dubby, and soulful sounds. Since 2013, he is the co-organizer and DJ at Afro Beat Club, Manila’s only, and highly irregular, African and Afro-inspired dance music party.

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Spanish Alcaraz is a Flamenco guitarist who was born and raised in Granada, Spain. In 2012, he decided to move to the Philippines and since then, he has been collaborating with Flamenco academies in Manila and several Filipino musicians.

Swedish Kamphuis is a jazz artist and violinist and uses piano for her compositions. She is also a visual artist and has appeared in a television program for a major network in the Philippines.

Zialcita is a Filipino percussionist who uses an exotic mix of upcycled found objects and local materials combined with elements of Filipino martial arts to re-imagine the Philippines on the world stage.

Butta B has been a figure in Manila’s night life industry for four years now. Her career began when she started promoting “Bad Decisions Wednesdays” in Black Market. She is known for serving up anything from old school hip hop and RnB, to heavy bass, trap, house, funk, and dance music. Her fresh sound has landed her gigs both locally and internationally.

Michellan Sarile-Alagao is to render a Spoken Word Performance.

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Ibarra C. Mateo
A journalist since 1983, Ibarra C. Mateo is also an editor, a researcher, and a communication consultant.

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