A few months ago I got the opportunity to record a couple of live tracks with singer/songwriter/sports coach Jeff Pagaduan’s original songs. One is the campy-laid back style “Todo-todo” and the other is one of my favorites “Waves”. Here are the two songs we’ve collaborated. Recorded at Redverb studio. Enjoy listening. 🙂
Opening up the show during Bayanihan Republic, a fundraising festival for the benefit of typhoon Haiyan survivors, Jeff Pagaduan performed his original compositions displaying a different approach with his nylon guitar. Adding up second acoustic guitar (channeling to be like the duo of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds hehe) is yours truly.
Held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Bayanihan Republic was organized by Dakila, Jam 88.3, The Asia Foundation, Fully Abled Nation in partnership with the Quezon City Government.
Performers on that event were Gloc 9, Noel Cabangon, Lolita Carbon, Bayang Barrios, Freddie Aguilar, Radioactive Sago Project, Armi Millare, Peryodiko, Aia de Leon with Nights of Rizal, Jeepney Joyride, Duster, Nityalila, Miko Pepito, Flying Ipis, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Tanya Markova, Tao Aves and many more!
photo by: Dakila
Listen to Jeff Pagaduan’s songs via his Soundcloud page.
Last month, a special one night show was staged at the Shangrila Mall to celebrate the Independence Day in the Philippines. The show featured independent artists that include world music/soul/fusion band Escape the C, singer/songwriter/training coach Jeff Pagaduan, and multi-award winning arranger/composer Diwa de Leon.
Although this is kind of late post (well that’s because I was too busy from work), the experience was astounding. It was my first time to play at the venue and it went well.
The event was a success, drawing the crowd to a different type of music that featured songs which are not your typical poppish tunes you hear mostly on local fm stations nowadays, nevertheless still soothes to your ears. It’s like introducing them to this kind of genre which is not given much attention by the general public.
photo by Leonor de Leon
Opening up the stage was Jeff Pagaduan who played mostly his original compositions via his alternate-tuned classical guitar and did ala-Andy Mckee style of percussive guitar techniques while singing!
Joining him onstage for a couple of songs were percussionist/instrument restorator JP “The texturizer” Hernandez and yours truly on second guitar. It was a fun impromptu jam and felt great to pull his songs off.
Check out Jeff’s music on his Soundcloud.
photo by Leonor de Leon
Following Jeff was another splendid performance by Diwa de Leon, who let the audience re-introduce the two-string instrument called Hegalong (popularized also by Joey Ayala way back) and showed how it can be played on various arrangements. Performing his tracks on his albums, he did the remarkable task of playing it on different genre like rock, dance electronica, and more.
Diwa’s albums are available via CDBaby.
photo by Leonor de Leon
Closing the night was Escape the C, the band that I played with which are composed of talented artists/musicians that include Zab Reyes, Frances Escape (also with Humanfolk), Ony Martinez, Kate Villaflor, Dawani de Leon and Sean Fortunato. The group played a full set of original songs both from the released EP and some soon-to-be-released tracks.
You can check out the band’s music via its Soundcloud page.
Here’s a snippet from that event featuring Escape the C’s single “Caution”. Thanks to Porshey23 for sharing the vid. 🙂
Music and arts go hand in hand. Last Saturday, I went to Conspiracy Garden Cafe to check out friends in an art exhibit and album launch. It was a great event that featured Sinag de Leon‘s art opening of her paper cut creations which was inspired by the music of her brother Diwa de Leon‘s latest solo LP, Memories on Two Strings. The gallery boasted of beautifully created artworks that would run until the 31st of January 2012.
Diwa, also a member of the Pinoy world music group called Makiling, uses a Hegalong instrument, a two-string instrument from the Philippines, thus the title of the album.
Opening the night was Jeff Pagaduan, who performed his original compositions in front of the awed crowd with his ala Andy Mckee style of guitar playing while singing. After Jeff was the main event. Diwa, along with friends Aba Dalena, Zab Reyes on guest vocals, Jp Hernandez and Frances Escape on percussion did songs from the current and previous album.
The album Memories on Two Strings is a two-set CD that also features Cooky Chua of Color It Red and Charice’s vocal coach Jeanne Vicars on guest vocals. The songs give a nice, chillaxing vibe, and as you listen to the tunes, the more you get hooked at them, at the same time it serves as a lesson101 of sort because it allows the listeners to get exposed of this awesome local string instrument. With the mix of popular music of different genres and the Hegalong, it’s a whole new experience. Containing 25 great songs, it has everything on the menu from upbeat to mellow to something that rocks.
Check out Memories on Two Strings.
Here’s the single from the album entitled “Moonrise” featuring Cookie Chua on vocals.