RIP Chris Zamora

Another sad news surrounded the Pinoy musicians’ circle as another jazz great, Chris Zamora passed away this month of December. May your soul rest in peace.


Though I didn’t know him personally, I only got the news from my FB news feed.. I’m deeply honored to be added by one of the finest musicians around on his FB contacts so learning about his sudden departure saddened me. As my tribute to the senyor guitarist, here’s a vid clip of his band via nedbarin’s channel on Youtube which I saw.

Edgar “Koyang” Avenir

R.I.P. To Filipino Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire Edgar “Koyang” Avenir

Sad news to the Filipino jazz community and inside the music circle as Filipino jazz guitarist and session player extraordinaire Edgar Avenir died of pneumonia which arises to lung cancer. He was 61.


Senyor Edgar "Koyang" Avenir on guitar

Edgar Avenir was one of the great musicians in the land who could play any type of genre – be it kundiman, classical, jazz, blues or OPM. Known as Koyang to his peers, Sir Avenir played with other renowned local artists like the APO Hiking Society in the 90s and even played at the North Sea Jazz Festival with fellow Pinoy jazz artists. Koyang was one of the senyors, a term coined to musicians who are true masters of their craft and had been in the industry for a long time. Though he may not be popular in most audiences, he was highly regarded as an excellent musician inside the music circle. His works with jazz artist Mishka Adams showed his prowess in arranging songs.


Koyang was one of the local guitarists that I idolized. The first time I heard of Mishka Adams, I was completely awed with the guitar arrangements and wondered who did those songs, and so I bought her album God Bless The Child which was under Candid Records, the same label that brought jazz artist Jamie Cullum. I found out that one of her guitarists on the album was Koyang, the others were senyors Noli and Spy and Kalayo guitarist Sammy Asuncion. I haven’t heard of the former that time and later on when I got into playing in groups too, I figured out that this guy was a master! Talk about top guitar players in the land and his name would be on each of the lists of renowned session players in the country. It’s been my dream to jam along with great players like senyor Koyang, unfortunately I didn’t, so maybe on the other side, let’s have that great gig in the sky.


Back then, I would watch Mishka Adam’s gigs to see this guy play the instrument. He was so good that when I got back home coming from their gig, I would pick up my guitar and imitate his stuffs. Of course I suck at it ’cause I’m not as good as this guy. He was one of my influences when it comes to Pinoy jazz and it was just surreal when I had Mishka’s cd signed by her and by senyor. Remembered his reaction when I let him autographed the cd, he was completely surprised as if he was not worthy to do so. It was like, hey kid I’m not the star here, I’m just the guitar player. But being appreciative to one’s work, I’ve got to. It was one of things I do whenever I buy someone’s album, to have all or at least some of the musicians involved in its creation to sign on the cd.


One of the humble guys I’ve seen in the music industry. Truly a class act.


He will be sorely missed.


Manny Amador news

R.I.P. To Guitarist And IT Activist Manny Amador

Just found out a sad news from a friend’s post about the death of Manny Amador. For those who don’t know, he was the guitarist of the 90’s rock band The Breed – the band who composed the hit song Black Mercedes Benz, the brother of actress Pinky Amador and an IT activist. According to reports, he died on his sleep due to cardiac arrest. He was found dead in his rented house in Cebu by authorities.


As a music fan, specifically rock music, Manny Amador is one of those Filipino guitar players I’ve listened to during that era, still remembered those nice licks, fast picking hand and those nice vibrato effects on his guitar even if it has no tremolo bar. Got amazed with his vibrato effect style that I tried to imitate it using my telecaster, which I was able to pull off in some occasion but unfortunately for the most part, to no avail, nyak. His style of play will always be a big part on my playing.


Another great guitarist is gone. May you rest in peace. Rock On sir!


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Here’s one for the road! A video of their acoustic version of Black Mercedes Benz.