Topic: music

Spoken Words, Sculpted Sounds: Art Sibs Kooky & Richard Tuason Set to Perform at MAD Fest 2014

Kooky Tuason

With a verve and vigor only words can match in sound, the sibling revelry that is Kooky and Richard Tuason takes stage on December 5, 2014 at JACK TV’s MAD Fest 2014 which will be held at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds from 4PM to 4AM.

A spoken word performance set to live sound art, the duo combines a hybrid of poetry and musical performance with Richard playing his work Ensemblage, a musical sculpture which sounds like an orchestra, and Kooky speaking soulful rhythms with her poetry.

What’s in your PiLE? New online music app for OPM lovers on its way

Team Project PiLE

Quick, what are your favorite bands? Great. How many of them are local?

The truth is, the Philippine music scene is brimming with talent and passion, yet not too many of the artists are able to reach mainstream audiences for a variety of reasons.

PiLE is about to change all that.

Launching this month, PiLE is a local music search engine and sharing platform intended to promote the local music industry. Quite simply, PiLE hopes to give users access to an impressive database of Filipino music and artists, culled from other locally managed sites. It gives the user an easy and convenient way of finding new original Pilipino music (OPM), and to share their discoveries and favorite songs and artists with their friends.

Kai Honasan performs at the PiLE press con

Popcorn Mondays at iAcademy

Monday is usually the least anticipated day of the week, but iACADEMY, one of the country’s leading design, business and information communication technology schools, is going to change that. Beginning this August, the school will hold Popcorn Mondays, a series of events designed to bring out the creative spirit in everyone.

5 August - Drum Circle - Popcorn Mondays
The first session on August 5 will feature Drum Circle, a workshop that will teach participants how to play drums. Kaya Green Band, the musical act behind “Bayani Ka”, the official theme of the Philippine team to the Homeless World Cup 2010, will be on hand to how to do basic beats for the first three hours. The activity will culminate with a jamming session, so prepare for a night of good vibes.

Alexander Eusebio Brings the K-Pop Party to Manila

Alexander Fan Party in Manila

Five years after he first debuted as a member of a kpop group, Alexander Eusebio has been busier than he’s ever been. The former U-Kiss member just finished shooting his first film role in the movie 3 Peas in a Pod (set for a November release) for Singaporean film maker Michelle Chong in Australia. He has appeared in Korean dramas, and has held shows and fan meets from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur. On Saturday, July 27, his fans will get the privilege of seeing Alexander live once again in a fan meet dubbed the “Alexander Fan Party in Manila”.

Alexander Fan Party in Manila

“Love and Laughter” with Mitch Valdes on February 15

Mitch Valdes - Love and Laughter

Music and humor make for a memorable Valentine’s celebration in “Love and Laughter”, featuring singer and comedienne Mitch Valdes and the Route 70 Band, on February 15, at the Filinvest Tent, away from the maddening and mood-killing traffic and crowds. Reminisce with your dates, friends and/or family to the sounds of love with the best of 70s and 80s music.

“Love and Laughter” will offer a blend of nostalgia music, retro pop, and laughs, as one would expect from ace performer Mitch Valdes. She has had successful runs of musical comedy shows, as well as theater productions, including the original staging of the musical “Katy”.

Listen: Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran may have been introduced to local audiences when iTunes made three of his songs available for free download last Christmas (live versions of The City, Drunk, and Small Bump) but Team MJ was first introduced to this English singer-songwriter through his video of Lego House, which features a very familiar face.

Ten points to Gryffindor.

Team MJ also really likes the video for his song, Give Me Love.

Check out more of Ed’s videos in the post!

Manila’s Kpop dreams come true

On Saturday, January 19, six of some of the hottest acts in K-pop were in town for the Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert — Girls’ Generation, U-KISS, EXO-M, Tahiti, Tasty, and Infinite. Most of them performed in Manila for the first time. Fans couldn’t stop tweeting about the DKFC even days after.

Chef Sharwin’s Vegetarian Dinner with Dia (aka the Dia Frampton Menu)

Chef Sharwin with Dia Frampton of the Voice, and our own Christian Bautista

Chef Sharwin Tee (@chefsharwin), host of Lifestyle Network’s Curiosity Got the Chef and MangoJuiced columnist, has made it a mission to get people to see Filipino food in unique and fun ways. Last weekend, he got the opportunity to show that off some more when he hosted a dinner for Dia Frampton (@diaframps, The Voice Season 1) and friends. The challenge? Guest of honor Dia is a vegetarian — and Pinoy food is notoriously meaty.

Chef Sharwin's Vegetarian Dinner with Dia (aka the Dia Frampton Menu)

Challenge accepted!

Les Miserables: The Covers

Les Miserables movie

A week after the very successful screening for Academy members of Tom Hooper’s hotly-anticipated film of ”Les Miserables,” and Team MJ is happy to report that we’re firmly in the tank for this musical adaptation. (Seriously, send us tickets and find out.)

What’s not to love, really? It’s the director of the lovely, perfectly-calibrated “The King’s Speech,” working with a revolutionary idea: having the entire cast sing “live” on film with on-site accompaniment, instead of allowing them to mime to prerecorded tracks. It is rumoured that 90% of the shots feature live singing, which, we’re sure, will bring the earnestness of the musical’s numbers to life.

Les Miserables

There’s also the incredible cast, headed by Tony-winner Hugh Jackman, who finally finds himself in a role that befits his (rather extensive) range of talents, as well as Oscar-winner Russell Crowe as Javert. Then there’s Anne Hathaway as Fantine, who, according to rumor, is well-placed for an Oscar win for her scene-stealing rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and Samantha Barks as Eponine round out the main roles, with Colm Wilkinson, Jean Valjean from the original Broadway production, contributing a cameo as the Bishop. Would that they had a spot also for the mighty Roger Allam, the original London cast’s Javert, or Terence Mann, who played Javert on Broadway, but them’s the breaks.

The thing is that fans have been waiting for this movie since the 1985 London production and the 1987 Broadway production. And so have performers, as the massive popularity of the stage production has brought a lot of the songs into the mainstream.

Here’s a small sampling, good or bad, of the many Les Miserables cover versions out there. And we’re serious about sending us tickets to an advanced screening.

Lea Salonga: “On My Own”

Our very own Broadway star broke hearts in the 10th anniversary concert of “Les Miz.” We’re putting this first because we love her and because of the second thing on the list. (See more of Lea in the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in Concert.)

Click on for Les Miz covers by Katie Holmes, Lea Michele and more!

5 Sting songs to listen to before the December 9 concert

With just a little over a week to go until his Manila concert (December 9, Araneta Coliseum), we’re remembering our favorite Sting songs, post-The Police.

Mad About You
The version in The Soul Cages is great as it is, but this version is given a nice boost by the orchestral treatment. Sting performed this in Berlin in 2010.

Nostalgia galore inside this post!