Putting Up My Own Site part 2

Another one of my motives for setting up this site is to gain feedback from other musicians or music enthusiasts out there, about a vast number of topics relating to music. Sure, I originally thought it was daunting to put out my knowledge, or lack thereof, for a wider web audience to see, but then again if I will learn something from the exercise, then it will all be worth it.



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Arranging for the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band

This month, I’ve been privileged to arrange for the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band. My task was to give Sarung Banggui, a popular Filipino folk song (by Potenciano Gregorio), a fresh treatment and a “young” sound. Now these days, I don’t have a clear idea as to what “young” really sounds like. As an arranger, people might classify me into the “young” category because of my age, but boy, half or more of my listening material is not “young.”


That aside, I just took “young” to mean “experimental” or “non-traditional”, and so tried to come up with colors which are not traditionally employed in the Concert Band context. For instance, I tried treating the group orchestrally, instead of the usual sectional treatment (where it follows that Saxes are one group, Brasses are another, etc.). Also, for the A parts of the folk song, I employed a funky feel to it, while the B parts are in a swing feel.


I haven’t heard the actual piece yet, so I am very excited! Will post an update as well as a sound clip. I hope the arrangement works!




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Putting Up My Own Site

Welcome to my site! I felt the need to build this so that I can have a space to list down or display some current projects. This blog will probably be the most updated section, and if I make updates to the other sections, I'll post about those updates here as well.

I like blogging too. Been keeping a blog since 2004, and moved to Multiply in 2006. I've decided not to import my old entries into this new website, although I'd still be keeping my Multiply site so I can stay in touch with friends and relatives. If you'd like to browse through those sites, here are links to them:

My old blogger blog
Multiply site

If you'll browse through the Works section, I've posted some mp3 clips of some of my arrangements and/or compositions. Most of them are not the whole files, though.

Hope you'll come back here for updates. Cheers!

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