The Japan Foundation Manila, Lourdes College, and Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, brought to Cagayan de Oro City multi-awarded musicians, last January 21-25, 2019 as part of the Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival workshops and concert.
The workshops conducted were on Voice, Contrabass or Double Bass, Wind Instruments, Drums, and Piano. These workshops are free for musicians 15 years old and above who have basic advanced knowledge on how to play the instruments mentioned above. The voice workshop, is open on the other hand, to skilled and talented singers. With 25 slots available for each workshop the applicants will be selected and approved by the organizers Xavier Center for Culture and Lourdes College.
The participants were blessed to have mentors like awarded Filipino and Japan-based jazz singer, Charito and renowned Japanese jazz musicians, Yuki Arimasa for Piano and Guitar Kengo Nakamura for Bass, Michael Guevarra for Saxophone/wind Instruments, and Karlo Soriano for Drums.
The workshops for Piano, Percussion, and Wind Instruments were conducted at Lourdes College facilitated by the Coordinator, Ms. Ana Maria dela Fuente.
To culminate the event, a concert was held at the Lo College Auditorium to showcase the talent of the participants invocation was led by the Lourdes College Strings. It was then followed by a welcome message from Judith Chavez, the President for Academic Affairs. The concert goers enjoyed a night of jazz music.
Paolo Montaño, a student from Lourdes College who witnessed the concert exclaimed: “Real music is made from the heart of each musician. Jazz is the best kind of music, nothing compares to it”
(John Yaba and Angela Marie Balhon – Blue Sash Correspondent)