Monday, November 20, 2006


The concert surprisingly started promptly at eight o’clock immediately after the arrival of the U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenny. Bob Aves with Grace Nono kicked off the evening’s performance; followed by Escola de Samba de Manila; and finally, Guarana with Eileen Sison.

I’m not articulate enough when it comes to handing critiques of music performances; however, based on my deep love for music — including the many years I’ve spent in the American music industry and having attended many jazz festivals in New York and Newport, Rhode Island — I am confident enough to conclude that our local artists in last night's roster were simply superb.

The original music by Bob Aves and as performed by his group was a unique admixture of world music and jazz. Peter Gabriel and David Byrne ought to take notice and include these artists of ours in their respective world music summit.

Eileen Sison’s Escola de Samba de Manila and Guarana are just as outstanding, and should be appointed as our country’s ambassadors to the annual carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Moreover, Guarana should do early evening as well as late night performances in Baywalk on a weekly basis. That’s how much I fell in love with this band last night. Incidentally, I think in Manila, by the bay is the ideal venue for this kind of music.

Anyway, for today’s feature, it will be the photos of Bob Aves and his group; next will be those of Guarana and Escola de Samba de Manila.

posted by Señor Enrique at 8:37 AM


Blogger basey said...

Hi Eric,

Wala man ako doon, ramdam ko din na nawili ako sa concert at sigurado akong ganun din ikaw kung ang pagbabasehan ay ang mga larawang kuha mo ...sana sa susunod magkaroon din ako ng pagkakataong makapanood ng isang concert na tulad nito. Have a god week ahead of you. Ingats po.

November 20, 2006 10:34 AM  

Blogger DOPS said...

And the US ambassador was there??? wow... sana ako makapanood din =D


November 20, 2006 12:14 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Talagang masaya at nakakaaliw, Basey. Actually, I was expecting hyou to be there kasi sabi mo five minutes away ka lang doon. Ganda ng music!

November 20, 2006 1:29 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, DOPS...she was there with her brother. She seemed like she had a wonderful time!

November 20, 2006 1:30 PM  

Anonymous beth said...

I'm not really a jazz person but i could imagine you having a good time there. No correct that! I actually knew after reading you first entry that you'd have a great time at the concert! :-))

November 20, 2006 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Major Tom said...

You're exactly right eric, world music is a kind of sound that could be best appreciated on a breezy place like the baywalk. It would be such an awesome experience. Actually, there's a similar boulevard here in our city with a perfect view of sunset but no such thing as the festivities that is happening at baywalk. I wanted that kind of atmosphere so much that I am mighty serious of proposing a scheme to the local government. I think I'll do it in formal writing.

November 20, 2006 2:25 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Beth, you would have loved the music performed last night, I'm sure. They will have another festival in February! I'll let you know once I get details.

November 20, 2006 6:34 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That would be a swell idea, Major Tom, and I bet a lot of folks in your city will thank you for it. I'm sure as well that JazzPhil would be interested to work with you to make it a reality.

Here's their url:

Keep us posted!

November 20, 2006 6:37 PM  

Anonymous kyels said...

Wow, I can imagine the euphoria during the concert. I've been to the Jazz Festival in Malaysia but looks like the one you attended was awesome as well!

Love the shots!


November 20, 2006 10:19 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thanks, Kyels! It was indeed a wonderful concert :)

November 21, 2006 10:39 AM  

Anonymous myepinoy said...

I have no doubt that the concert was really great.

With Grace Nono on the stage, no questions ask.

I wish Bayang Barios was there too para kumpleto ang rekado.

November 21, 2006 6:17 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Bayang Barios -- I have to keep this in mind and an eye out for them in case they perform anytime soon.

Impressive talaga mga local talent natin, Myepinoy!

November 22, 2006 6:17 AM  

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