Musicians should be concerned with issues regarding the freedom to be creative and the freedom to express. At dahil isang paraan para magpaabot ng mensahe ang musika, heto po ang isang kontribusyon sa pagpapalakas sa boses ng ating pakikibaka.
Fight to be free! Junk RA 10175!*
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(This version of FREE is a track in the upcoming SULONG! album. You can download a copy at bit.ly/UHoZTa)
MUSICIANS Tony Palis (in white shirt) and Karl Ramirez (center) from the Concerned Artists of the Philippines teach the children how to play native musical instruments to accompany the story they read entitled “Nang Magkakulay ang Nayon.” RODEL ROTONI
MANILA, Philippines—Set to indigenous Filipino music, a special Read-Along session featuring stories about unity and teamwork was held at the Inquirer office in Makati on Saturday morning.
The session, which was part of the yearlong celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Daily Inquirer Employees Union (PDIEU), featured musicians Tony Palis and Karl Ramirez, Inquirer photographer Grig Montegrande and members of the PDIEU as readers. Continue reading →
A special black Saturday morning with Koyang Jess Santiago jamming, recording, arranging, and mixing his song “Touch No Flower” in our humble home studio also called a bedroom. A song in solidarity with the Korean people against the construction of a naval base in Jeju Island, Gangjeong. The home for this proposed military facility is the tiny village of Gangjeong, which is surrounded by three UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites and nine UNESCO Geo-Parks on an island that is designated a Global Biosphere Reserve. Construction is accelerating daily with the dredging of the island’s seabed and its coral communities currently underway. Learn more at savejejuisland.org. Check out the recording below.
This music video was produced as a trailer of the limited copy Makibaka CD (with the cover art below painted by Jay Jamoralin). Maraming salamat sa lahat! At yang pasasalamat na yan ay nakasulat dito haha!
These are compositions I wrote and song renditions I made for radio programs, video documentaries, film, TV shows, campaigns, and theater plays. Hope you like them! And just in case you are in need or know of someone in need of music makers or songwriters, contact me via www.facebook.com/karlramirezmusic Thanks!
Fellow Elements camper, JM Quiblat performing live his song “Tick Tok Tick” and more at the concert evening of the first ever El Pasubat Festival in the heritage town of Taal, Batangas. Check out the rest of the videos at karlramirezmusic and www.makibakathealbum.com Video footage by Loujaye Sonido.
Maraming salamat ulit JM Quiblat at sa buong Villavicencio family sa paanyaya na makapagtanghal at matunghayan ang kauna-unahang El Pasubat Festival!
“Rock ‘n’ roll needs to be against something. It can’t just BE. It always needs a function in which to function. Of course there are great songs. There will always be great songs that don’t suggest anything other than being a great song… This thing we call content is actually about this conversation society has with itself. Rock music provided that: It is intensely powerful, this little minor art form we occupy ourselves with. And when politics is unconvincing even as entertainment, then entertainment might be the politics of our time.” –Bob Geldof
I arranged an electronika-acoustic remake of Makibaka for Higante’t Tutubi, a short animated feature about the Philippine environment produced by the Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines. Animation by Audrey Ang and Karlene Co, with story written by Lisa Ito and Mykel Andrada. Check it out!
Desap, a song I wrote and performed, was launched at the National Union of People’s Lawyers anti-impunity campaign event. Pol Torrente of Plagpul played bass in this electronica performance of Desap and Makibaka. A 30-sec excerpt of “Desap” is the official radio plug of the anti-impunity campaign. Thanks to Marion and Loujaye for the videos!
(Part 4 na ito ng aking Camp Notes and Quotes. Check out the links at the end of the post for the other parts) Gary Granada was introduced by Trina Belamide in full production. Yung parang pagpapakilala sa mga ginagawaran ng Oscar. Sa totoo lang ramdam ko nang masustansya ang ibabahagi ni Gary Granada. Pero hindi ko inaasahang sasakit ang aking tiyan sa katatawa.
Punchline after punchline, it was difficult to take pictures and jot down notes as Granada’s witty discussion (and humor) escalates.
Lipad is a collaborative work produced in an adrenaline rush buzzer beating 24 hours, hehe! And that’s Rico Blanco in the seat listening and rocking to the song side by side with repapips of Row4: Ebe Dancel, Top Suzara, Gabby Alipe, Chito Miranda, and Yael Yuzon. Video came from Wigs Vergara’s camera. Pero syempre iba ang videographer. Wigs, fill me up on this one.
Before the 1st day ended we were color grouped and instructed to write a song that will be performed in the solidarity dinner of the next day. Inspirational ang tema na nabunot ng aming grupo. An artist was assigned to every group and Yael (above) of Spongecola was our, ehem, kuya. Continue reading →
(Part 2 na ito. For part 1 check it out here.) Jonathan Manalo of Star Records discussed a bit of history with the help of Ryan Cayabyab. Jonathan talked about the history of Filipino songwriting while Ryan Cayabyab performed live samples. Jim Paredes gave his bit on what happened to OPM. Marami pang iba na nagbigay ng kanilang input sa araw na ito including Louie Ocampo (above) demonstrating Garage Band. Continue reading →
(First part, link to next part at end of post.) Ito ang unang pagkakataon ngayong taon na ‘di ko dinala ang laptop sa isang out of town activity kahit sigurado ang kuryente o internet connection. Siguro dahil ayaw kong ma-istorbo. Fasting sa distraction na dulot ng pagbabad sa social network. Tingin ko panahon ito upang matuto. Isang unique at historic activity ang pupuntahan at iniwan ko ang laptop upang makabwelo sa pakikihalubilo at pakikipagkwentuhan. Inisip ko rin ano na ba ang itsura ng aking note taking sa classic pen and paper. Pero dinala ko ang DSLR. Mabuti nalang. Maraming mabibilis na galaw at pangyayari. At rakenrol parin sa paghuli ng mga ito ang DSLR ni Tatay Monram.
First photo in my camera is the photo above with Gary Granada taken in NAIA terminal 2 while boarding the plane for Dumaguete. Continue reading →