August 3, 2010

Music for my soul

The conditions were again too difficult for my little camera, but I'm posting this photo anyway because I want you all to meet one of my favorite local bands: Kalayo. The genre that their music falls under is World Music but before the term was coined, I'd known it as Neo-Ethnic: Filipino tribal melodies, primal beats, strong percussion and chanting, using both traditional and modern instruments or even, like the djembe, instruments from other cultures. Kalayo is Sammy Asuncion (guitar), Kenway Barcelona (bass, who alternates for Louie Talan), Reli de Vera (drum set), DJ Rodriguez (snare, djembe), Budeths Casinto (djembe, shakers and other percussion instruments) and Boy Garovillo (djembe, kubing or jaw harp, shaker).

Kalayo band performing at 70s Bistro


Until late 2008, when the membership went through a major change, the band was known as Pinikpikan and the song below (no video except a still image of the CD cover) is the title song from their Kaamulan album.

16 comments:

bfarr said...

Hilda, I like your image. The blur and the lighting gives us a feel for the atmosphere.

I listened to a snippet of the song too and found it interesting.

barb

ρομπερτ said...

Music, when language can't go on, it take over and beyond.

daily athens

Photo Cache said...

i'm all for patronising local independent bands.

there is nothing wrong with the picture.

mia said...

Hi Ma'am Hilda, I saw Sammy Asuncion perform once, in Saguijo. He's FANTASTIC. Amazing guitar skills and vocals. :)

Olivier said...

belle photo de concert, tout en mouvement. Et merci pour le morceau cela permet de decouvrir sa musique

VP said...

You did very well with your camera and thanks for the video, I was curious about the music.

dong ho said...

i always look for songs like this as i usually encounter them in most magazine or travel launch.

brattcat said...

Their music really does get right inside you.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Hilda!
wow they are great, wonderful and different sound, we like it a lot.My mommy also posted a "musical group of rock "in her blog.Last month mommy and dad have taken my sister in a rock concert in Luxembourg.Sister was soooo happy!
Thanks for introducing this great music for us.
purrs and love
Luna

joo said...

I'm keen om the so called World Music - the one you presented here is not an exception!
The photo is terrific:)

Francisca said...

Hilda, I am sooo bad with names, but I am 90% certain that I saw this band, perhaps its previous incarnation, at the Reposo Street festival a few years ago. The sound was so familiar... then I realized I have the Atas CD (I have better hearing and visual recall). Photo works for me too!

Jacob said...

The photo is quite good; no need for an apology. An interesting group with interesting music. I thought, however, you'd be more into classical music! :-)

Halcyon said...

Sounds like an interesting musical group! I like the photo too. The slight blur adds some interest I think.

Lois said...

They have a wonderful sound and I like all the different types of percussion! Thanks for sharing Hilda.

Kaori said...

I love their rhythm! Great band, Hilda!

George said...

Thanks for the music -- I like it. I think your picture goes with the sound very well.