1 June - Manila
2 June - Singapore
3 June - Jakarta
4 June - Murung Raya, Central Borneo
14 June - Jakarta
28 June - Osaka
29 June - Kobe
1 July - Manila
2 July - Baguio
11 July - Hongkong
12 July - Osaka
13 July - Kobe
16 July - Taipei
17 July - Manila
18 July - Baguio
28 July - Taipei
2 Aug - Tokyo
6 Aug - Manila
13 Aug - Boracay (!!!)
15 Aug - Manila
It's 3:59am, and I was supposed to have my shut eye hours ago because we'll be having breakfast today in celebration of Mothers Day. It was a choice between going to Fortune Hongkong Seafood Restaurant for dinner, or breakfast at the Manor, Camp John Hay Baguio City (my hometown).
Yes, I am in my hometown, in between workshops/concerts overseas. The schedule last month was so crazy, I was in Singapore as one of the jury in their National Youth Festival where I wrote the contest pieces for Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges. AND during a sandwiched weekend I had to fly to Japan to give a workshop of my music and conduct a performance of 200 children singing my music. THEN returned to Singapore on a Monday morning, back in time for adjudicating in the festival. After a few days, I flew to Taipei for some meetings and workshops of my new music. Believe me, this kind of travelling is not fun at all!
Anyway, while in Japan I was with the University of the Philippines (Manila) and the Woodrose Chorale, both participating at the international Chorus Messe in Osaka where I am one of the advisers. It was the first time to invite foreign choirs to the festival, and the two Filipino choirs made me so proud because of their heartfelt performances which showcased the beauty, talent, and charm of the Filipino. They left the Japanese audience in tears.
Digital: With the UP Manila Chorale during the Pamintuan seminar for children's choirs,
International Chorus Messe, Twin 21 Atrium, Osaka Business Park (Japan)
My next assignment was supposed to be in Cologne University as guest conductor of their Chamber Choir but I had to beg off because I'll be having carpal tunnel surgery in a few days. While recuperating, I'll be giving some workshops (ha!) in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia until the end of the month, then I'll have the whole month of June off. There goes my planned PhD summer studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, and my teacher is complaining that he's not getting any younger! lol
Anyway while I'm here in Baguio for a few days, I'll be enjoying my time with my family, and now looking forward to breakfast in 2 hours!
In the meantime, please enjoy this video for Mothers Day. Luis Bacalov's Mi Mancherai from Il Postino. Mi Mancherai means I'll miss you, because indeed I miss you, Mama.
from the Philippine Daily Inquirer
Love letter to Filipinos 11:39 pm | Sunday, February 17th, 2013
I am writing to thank Filipinos for the way you have treated me here, and to pass on a lesson I learned from observing the differences between your culture and mine over the years.
I am an expatriate worker. I refer to myself as an OAW, an overseas American worker, as a bad joke. The work I do involves a lot of traveling and changing locations, and I do it alone, without family. I have been in 21 countries now, not including my own. It was fun at first. Now, many years later, I am getting tired. The Philippines remains my favorite country of all, though, and I’d like to tell you why before I have to go away again.
I have lived for short periods here, traveled here, and have family and friends here. My own family of origin in the United States is like that of many Americans—not much of a family. Americans do not stay very close to their families, geographically or emotionally, and that is a major mistake. I have long been looking for a home and a family, and the Philippines is the only place I have lived where people honestly seem to understand how important their families are.
I am American and hard-headed. I am a teacher, but it takes me a long time to learn some things. But I’ve been trying, and your culture has been patient in trying to teach me.
In the countries where I’ve lived and worked, all over the Middle East and Asia, it is Filipinos who do all the work and make everything happen. When I am working in a new company abroad, I seek out the Filipino staff when I need help getting something done, and done right. Your international reputation as employees is that you work hard, don’t complain, and are very capable. If all the Filipinos were to go home from the Middle East, the world would stop. Oil is the lifeblood of the world, but without Filipinos, the oil will not come from the ground, it will not be loaded onto the ships, and the ships will not sail. The offices that make the deals and collect the payments will not even open in the morning. The schools will not have teachers, and, of course, the hospitals will have no staff.
What I have seen, that many of you have not seen, is how your family members, the ones who are overseas Filipino workers, do not tell you much about how hard their lives actually are. OFWs are very often mistreated in other countries, at work and in their personal lives. You probably have not heard much about how they do all the work but are severely underpaid, because they know that the money they are earning must be sent home to you, who depend on them. The OFWs are very strong people, perhaps the strongest I have ever seen. They have their pictures taken in front of nice shops and locations to post on Facebook so that you won’t worry about them. But every Pinoy I have ever met abroad misses his/her family very, very much.
I often pity those of you who go to America. You see pictures of their houses and cars, but not what it took to get those things. We have nice things, too many things, in America, but we take on an incredible debt to get them, and the debt is lifelong. America’s economy is based on debt. Very rarely is a house, car, nice piece of clothing, electronic appliance, and often even food, paid for. We get them with credit, and this debt will take all of our lifetime to pay. That burden is true for anyone in America—the OFWs, those who are married to Americans, and the Americans themselves.
Most of us allow the American Dream to become the American Trap. Some of you who go there make it back home, but you give up most of your lives before you do. Some of you who go there learn the very bad American habits of wanting too many things in your hands, and the result is that you live only to work, instead of working only to live. The things we own actually own us. That is the great mistake we Americans make in our lives. We live only to work, and we work only to buy more things that we don’t need. We lose our lives in the process.
I have sometimes tried to explain it like this: In America, our hands are full, but our hearts are empty.
You have many problems here, I understand that. Americans worry about having new cars, Filipinos worry about having enough food to eat. That’s an enormous difference. But do not envy us, because we should learn something from you. What I see is that even when your hands are empty, your hearts remain full.
I have many privileges in the countries where I work, because I am an expat. I do not deserve these things, but I have them. However, in every country I visit, I see that you are there also, taking care of your families, friends, bosses, and coworkers first, and yourselves last. And you have always taken care of me, in this country and in every other place where I have been.
These are places where I have been very alone, very tired, very hungry, and very worried, but there have always been Filipinos in my offices, in the shops, in the restaurants, in the hospitals, everywhere, who smile at and take good care of me. I always try to let you know that I have lived and traveled in the Philippines and how much I like your country. I know that behind those smiles of yours, here and abroad, are many worries and problems.
Please know that at least one of us expats has seen what you do for others and understands that you have a story behind your smiles. Know that at least one of us admires you, respects you, and thanks you for your sacrifices. Salamat po. Ingat lagi. Mahal ko kayong lahat. David H. Harwell, PhD, is a former professor and assistant dean in the United States who now travels and works abroad designing language training programs. He is a published author and a son of a retired news editor. To the American who wrote Filipinos a love letter
this is how i feel after being in vacation for more than 5 weeks now.
i will start spinning again in october with the ff schedule:
1 oct frankfurt
3 oct rimini italy
8 oct moscow
10 oct st petersburg russia
11 oct amsterdam
14 oct stockholm
18 oct frankfurt
19 oct barcelona
22 oct manila
23 oct singapore
27 oct kuala lumpur
29 oct tolosa, spain
6 nov manila
13 nov singapore
2013 at a glance:
April - Chorus Messe Japan
April - Jury, Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging for Choirs
June - Guest conductor, Cologne University mixed choirs, Germany
July - Guest conductor, Kobe University mixed choirs, Japan
July - Jury, Cape Town International Choral Festival, South Africa
Aug - recording Pamintuan CD, Stellenbosch University Choir, South Africa
Nov - Jury and clinician, CroPatria, Split Croatia
Here is my schedule for summer (Asia and America):
April 17-20 Workshop on Voice and Composition, Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur
April 21-23 World Premiere of Credo, Chorus Messe, Osaka
May 1-2 Workshop with University of Baguio Voices
May 11-18 Workshop in Manado, Indonesia
May 28-30 World premiere of Balinesia, Singapore
May 31- June 3 Dithyrambic Singers, Malaysia
June 7-12 Guest artist, Japan Choral Directors Association, Tokyo
July 5 Choral Spices Workshop, World Choir Games Cincinnati
July 4-14 Jury at the World Choir Games Cincinnati
July 18-20 Workshop with Takarazuka Choral Association, Japan
July 21-22 Jury at the Takarazuka International Chamber Choir Contest
July 23-31 Workshop with Panasonic Choir, Osaka and Hamoru Kobe, Japan
And my schedule during the Japan Choral Directors Association Festival in Hokutopia (Tokyo):
10:45 am to 11:30 am: Lesson to Mixed Chorus "Kikuka"
11:45 am to 12:30 pm: Lesson to Female Choir "Pure Heart"
12:30 am to 13:30 pm: lunch and rest
13:30 pm to 14:30 pm: Rehearsal of "Nihon no tame no Inori" by choirs from Tohoku region conducted by Mr. Pamintuan
14:30 am to 15:00 pm: rest
15:00 pm to 16:00 pm: Lesson on vocal technique for all choirs
16:15 pm to 17:00 pm: Lesson to "Natural Voices"
17:05 pm to 17:50 pm: Lesson to Mixed Chorus "Lab"
18:00 pm: Opening of "Wish upon Songs - Earthquake
Disaster Reconstruction Supporting Concert"
20:00 pm (provisional) Performance of "Nihon no tame no Inori"
10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Rehearsal of Tsuru University Choir by Mr. Pamintuan
Song Titles: Pater Noster, UMMAH, SALLIH, BUWA-BUWA NI UTU
12:00 am to 13:45 pm: lunch and rest
14:00 pm to 15:30 pm: Lecture by Mr. Pamintuan on Traditional Music
and Contemporary Choral Music of the Philippines
15:30 pm to 16:30 pm: Rehearsal for "Nihon no tame no Inori" and
"Mata aeru" by Mr. Pamintuan
16:30 pm to 17:30 pm: rest
17:30 pm: Closing concert "J. Pamintuan"
18:30 pm (provisional): Performance by Tsuru University Choir
conducted by Mr. Pamintuan
20:00 pm (Provisional): Performance of "Nihon no tame no Inori" and
"Mata aeru" conducted by Mr. Pamintuan
A few weeks ago, Dr. Andrea Angelini of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), wrote me and asked if I would like to be featured in the IFCM magazine's column "Composers' Corner." When I agreed, he assigned
Dr. Cara Tasher, to interview me about my music, thoughts, and life as a composer. This will be featured in the April 2012 issue of the International Choral Bulletin.
For the complete article, please click here
I just have to post this picture to remember.
the rough translation:
Saturday, November 19 at 15:00
Tones and landscape
Radio Choir Stockholm Music Gymnasium
Grete Pedersen conductor
Helene Sture Borg conductor
Bengt Ollén conductor
Ulf Strömqvist Percussion
Magdalena Meitzmer percussion
Anders Hague percussion
Presenter: Catherine Lindblad
The concert will be broadcast live SR P2
Approximate concert length: 1 hour 20 minutes
Jaako Mäntyjärvis Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae is dedicated to the memory of the people who disappeared in the depths where ship Estonia sank in September 1994. The text is from Psalm 27 and the quotation from a news commentary in Latin on the accident. Board have been widely reported and can now counts to the standard repertoire in contemporary nordic choral music.
Karin Rehnqvist has a strong position as a composer of choral music and professor in composition at the Academy of Music Stockholm. Haya! A song for today's joy was written in 2009 as an order for Eric Ericson and to this work, Karin Rehnqvist created a whole new language, hayanska. For today's concert, the Radio Choir commissioned a version for double and may find their
first performance. One of our absolute most successful and important composers of today, Sven-David Sandström. His extensive list of works includes many choral works. One of the most represented are Hear my prayer. There Sandstrom has been based on an incomplete anthem by Purcell and pulled out the harmonics and melody to an 8-stämmigt cry to God.
As Nørgårds Alleluia - vor God s forrykt! Occurs both separately in 2 Wölfli-Lieder as well as concluding procession fragile in the opera It guddommelige Tivoli from 1983. Drömmesange is a lullaby with Chinese influences. It depicts a boy that looks into the future on as an adult it. All rock / alternate between black and white. The picture of herself in beautiful clothes and the child who asks: Where are we going? The image contrasts of the nightmare That man is bloody and armed and baby cries: Where are you going?
Johannes Brahms From Drei Gesänge is Vineta song. Here we can see down into the depths of the sea where the beautiful ruins shiny curls. The sailor hears the sound of his beloved Meeting.
American composer Eric Whitacre and choirmaster. Sleep from 1999 depicts the safe sleep as gently rocking takes over.
Fredrik Sixten broke through in 2004 as composer with a Swedish Markus Passion. Active as Cathedral organist in Härnösand. Peace was premiered in September in Italy.
John August Pamintuan is a composer and choir director from the Philippines. His COMPOSITION De Profundis to the text of F G Lorca sung worldwide. Despite its youth, he has written over 300 choral works.
The Norwegian choir director Grete Pedersen teaches choral conducting at the Music Academy in Oslo. Since 1990 she leads the Norwegian solistkor. She has studied with among others Eric Ericson and has previously visited the Radio Choir on several occasions. She has released several CD including The Norwegian solistkor. During the fall a recording of choral music by Schubert and Brahms.
Kungsholmen's High School of Music offers high school students with depression in choral singing. Pupil chorus routed this of the teachers Bengt Ollén (also leads Sofia Vocal Ensemble, which in the spring took home several awards at choir competition in Slovenia) and Helene Sture Borg, who also chairs Stockholm Music Gymnasium Choir and have recently started the choir Stockholm Vocalis.
We are performing an all-Filipino repertoire of folksongs and kundimans, in fresh, new arrangements by contemporary Philippine composers.
Our program is as follows:
Sitsiritsit arr. Nhick Pacis
Ahay Tuburan arr. Nilo Alcala
Bituing Marikit, music Nicanor Abelardo, arr. Ryan Cayabyab
Mayon (piano solo, music Francisco Buencamino)
Dandansoy arr. Nilo Alcala
Manang Biday arr. Nhick Pacis
Ang Larawan (piano solo, music Francisco Buencamino)
Zamboanga Hermosa arr. John Pamintuan
Pamulinawen arr. Nhick Pacis
Special thanks to Joseph Legaspi who generously allowed the use of the new arrangements which are featured in his new CD.
Philippine pianist Rudolf Golez and I are performing in recitals in St. Petersburg and Moscow from 27 March to 5 April 2012 after our shows in New York.
Over the last couple of months, I gave workshops to choirs in Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, United States, Canada, Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and China. I am very happy that all of the competing choirs abroad won in their contests (ACJC, Holy Innocents, and St. Gabriel's in Singapore, MRC in Indonesia).
Just yesterday, I gave a seminar on vocal and choral techniques to 10 choirs from all over Manila, with students numbering almost 300. It was a very happy occasion, as all of their conductors came from one choir, the Philippine Normal University (PNU) Chorale. This being the case, they were like a very big family but I had to keep them all awake with my jokes as the workshop was held right after lunch and it was raining outside, which made it very comfortable to fall asleep.
Last night the Cebu Chamber Singers won the Grand Prize in Busan Korea and I felt like I also won the Grand Prize because they sang three of my songs and I also coached them some time before the contest.
During my discussion with the conductor of PNU, she mentioned how tired she gets from the continual turnover of the singers, and the arduous process of annually training new members. But she is glad to see that I still work hard and have the same passion for teaching as before, which of course I attribute to the fact that I don't have a regular schedule.
You get burned out from usual problems that a choir faces, but if you just go and visit choirs days at a time, this problem is non-existent.
Of course I have a new choir now, but we meet only once a week, and we spend more time eating than singing. Maybe that's how I can always maintain a spontaneous approach.
In a few days, I will be in Japan to give workshops to 6 choirs, and with all the food, drinks, and nightly parties there, I am sure the teaching perspective will all the more become "fresh" :)