The public is cordially invited to attend the launching of two books namely: Philippine Modernities: Music, Performing Arts, and Language, 1880–1941 (edited by Dr. José S. Buenconsejo) and Saysay Himig: A Sourcebook on Philippine Music History, 1880–1941 (edited by Prof. Arwin Q. Tan). The Philippine Music and Culture Book Series is a joint project of the UP College of Music and the University of the Philippines Press. It is designed to explore the subject of Philippine music in a scholarly context.
The series adopts diverse approaches from socially and culturally grounded music criticism to social and cultural histories and critiques. The authors of the two anthologies are established music scholars and distinguished music and humanities professors from reputable universities. The Music and Culture Book Series is produced under the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Grant from the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA).
Also launched together with the two books are three accompanying recordings entitled, Saysay Himig: An Anthology of Transcultural Filipino Music, 1880–1941 (edited by Prof. Arwin Q. Tan). CD 1 covers Piano Music while CD 2 covers Vocal and Instrumental Music and CD 3 covers Ensemble Music.
Dr. José Buenconsejo (series editor of Philippine Modernities) is currently the graduate chair of the UP College of Music and had been its former dean. Meanwhile, Prof. Arwin Tan (series editor of Saysay Himig) is presently the program coordinator of the college’s extension program. He is also the conductor of Novo Concertante Manila, currently ranked third in the top 1,000 mixed choirs of the world by Interkultur, Germany.
The launching will be held on May 25, 2018, 3:30 p.m. at the lobby of the new Music Library, UP College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Those interested to attend should RSVP at: 981-8500 local 2629 or 2639. Kindly look for Ms. Yvette Andaya or Ms. Eva Cadiz.