Wow, what a show!
At last night’s CD release concert, Barclay Martin Ensemble, joined by the talents from the Filipino Cultural Center of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, moved some audience members to tears with their performances. The concert was the official release of the music from the documentary, Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music. If you were unable to attend, please don’t despair: below are some pictures of the event, and the CD is available on the Zamboanga Web site. Enjoy!
Getting ready for the concert
Concert-goers waiting for the doors to open
The Sampaguita Choir performed with Barclay Martin Ensemble
Barclay Martin Ensemble
A special performance by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe
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This review captures the feeling of the concert.
The gift of a song: It’s essential. It’s fleeting. And you’re invited.
The CFCA documentary film is in the last phase of production, and the companion CD is ready to launch!
As a gift to our sponsors and the Kansas City area, CFCA is presenting a CD release concert at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at Yardley Hall in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan. Here are directions to the Carlsen Center once you get on the campus.
The music was written by Kansas City musician Barclay Martin during his travels in the Philippines for the documentary, and some of the songs are featured in the film. Barclay Martin Ensemble will perform the songs at the concert, joined by special guests.
Guest performances include the Sampaguita Choir and Sinag-Tala Dance Group from the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please contact Yardley Hall to make reservations: (913) 469-4445.
The concert is being sponsored in part by Bank of Kansas City.
For more information about the documentary, visit www.zamboangathemovie.com. Please sign up for the eNews to keep current on the film.
We invite you to see our trailer of “Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music,” the first CFCA-produced feature-length documentary. Cinematographer John Nosack has created an initial trailer that gives a beautiful overview of the story.
The film chronicles the journey of 13 teenagers who learn to play traditional Filipino musical instruments and end up as the headlining act at a five-hour concert at the edge of the jungle. The triumph of the teensí performance is inspiring. But the triumph of the teens and their families in their everyday life will change your view of people living in poverty.
The five-minute trailer is on the film Web site at www.zamboangathemovie.com. Please take a look, let us know what you think and, while youíre there, sign up for Zamboanga e-news to receive film updates and alerts.
Xarina (foreground) and other CFCA scholar students learned and performed on traditional Filipino instruments for a concert in the jungle surrounding Zamboanga City, Philippines, in January 2008. The concert will be featured in ZAMBOANGA, a documentary film. Visit www.zamboangathemovie.com for more information.
Scholarship students from the Philippines formed a special bond while studying traditional Filipino instruments such as the kulintangan, the dabakan and the agong. The students rehearsed throughout the year for a CFCA concert on Jan. 30 in Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao.
The experience awakened an interest in composing and writing for scholar Xarina, 16. Xarina is featured in the Spring/Summer issue of The Scholar, a CFCA publication that highlights the accomplishments and challenges of students in the CFCA Scholarship Program.
ìI am used to composing in English and Tagalog,î Xarina said. ìNow I am writing in Chavacano [a Filipino dialect]. I am experimenting.î
Hours of rehearsal put a strain on Xarinaís studies, but the hard work paid off.
ìThey did brilliantly,î said Kansas City-based musician Barclay Martin. Martin arranged the concert music and wrote original songs combining traditional Filipino and modern music.
The day after the concert was bittersweet for the students, Martin said.
ìWe played music for each other as a gesture of thanks and to mark a significant life experience for all involved,î he said. ìAs it neared time to leave, members from all of the groups began to laugh, sing and cry out of gratitude for what we had shared.î