Two Grammy-nominated jazz pianists, young jazz icons, Taylort Eigsti and Eldar Djangirov, performed a piano duo concert at Piedmont Piano Co., a first in history ever for both pianists to play together in a show, 2 shows, actually, at our store, SRO, at that! Playing on 2 fabulous FAZIOLI pianos that both pianists love, what a stunning performance by the two artists! Beyond description - the styles, techniques, their compositions, arrangements, the energy, their artistry - Simply, MAGNIFICENT!
What great pride for us at PPCo. to present the two together for the first time in a concert in the United States, in the world! It put our store on the map. Unbelievable! http://piedmontpiano.com/concerts/131205eldartaylor.html
The benefit concert "Jazz for Leyte" was a tremendous success. Full-packed, it was so touching to see such great support and love by everyone who attended and all the artists who offered their services for free for a great cause to help the victims of the Philippine typhoon, Haiyan. Words cannot express the emotions that filled the place, Piedmont Piano Co. There was so much love, joy, fun and laughter, as well as tears, and the music, of course! People from all places wanted so much to donate to the typhoon victims but they didn't know where to go. So when they heard of our coming benefit concert, many came just to give freely. On the other hand, to be given entertainment in return, great entertainment, great music, at that, they couldn't have asked for more. And food, too?! Wow, they got their money's worth. Really, it was great. Everything was great! And all of us, the organizers, the artists, couldn't have asked for anything more either! What a night! What a show! PROUD!!!
My friends, here's inviting you all to our Fundraising Concert for Philippine typhoon Haiyan's relief fund on Nov.30, Saturday 7-10 pm at Piedmont. Please join us, it's for a great cause! See you there.
Just got back from BALLY'S Las Vegas for the CHSNAF's celebration of our school's 100 years! And "Here We Are" like our song goes! Truly a grand reunion, a grand celebration! And one of the highlights was the Classical and Jazz Piano Concert by our own alumnae pianists last Fri., Oct. 18 of which I was one of the participants. There were 3 outstanding classical pianists and I played jazz. Great concert, to the satisfaction of about 200 people in the audience with Louie Reyes, the Jazz chantreuse! The biggest surprise was the participation of hubby, Norman, on duo piano with me, the most kept secret of the whole affair. Husband and wife team on duo piano or "Is it husband vs. wife!" says Vivian Zalvadea, another alumna and the concert's lovely and lively host. Apparently, not even the committee knew about it! Naughty girl, Louie! When she suggested Norman to join in, I asked her if the committee knew and she said yes and "Ako'ng bahala!" (I'll take care of that!) She took care of it, alright... WELL, everybody was very happy!!
Norman didn't want to do it at first. But I thought it was so rare to have 2 grand pianos right and ready on stage for us to play and he didn't want to do it? I let him be as I was busy preparing for my concert, The Magic of Two, with Mon David 2 weeks before that. I thought I'd deal with it after. The following week, Norman asked me to play "this part... and that."
And I asked, "For what?"...
And a new piano duo, husband-and-wife team, was born! So so so so proud!
The following night was the Gala Night, the big finale! And guess, who was there - our HS Biology teacher, Ms. Thelma Perpinan! A Fullbright scholar, Ms. Perpinan was one of our favorite teachers. When she saw me, she exclaimed,"You haven't changed, you're the same impish lil' girl!"
The funniest incident I had with Ms. Perpinan was, when one day in class, Chinet, our valedictorian, and I were not paying attention to her. Instead, we were talking and talking while Ms. P was going through our test papers and discussing questions and answers. Brilliant, Chinet can answer any question even in her sleep. Me?...well... All of sudden, I heard Ms. P talking aloud, "Give an example of a flying mammal, Socorro!"
Caught not listening, I panicked," Uh, uh,... flying mammal, flying mammal, uh, uh, uh,... PILOT!"
Ms. Perpinan took a long look at me, then turned around facing the blackboard, and started chuckling, quietly, and fighting it! She turned around again and told me very calmy,"It's alright, Socorro, sit down."
She wasn't mad. She couldn't...
That wasn't funny to me. Scared the hell out of me! I thought my answer was correct.
But when I went home and told my family about it, They. Cracked. Up!
My brother, Nandy, told his HS classmates in San Beda College, and you know what, that story was presented at their HS program on stage, like a Laugh-In or Saturday Night Live Show, would you believe - On stage!
I told Ms. Perpinan that story at our Gala Night... and the rest was history!
Preparing for my alma mater's, College of the Holy Spirit Centennial Celebration, sponsored this time by North American Foundation, CHSNAF, to be held at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas, October 17-20! Remember, I went to Manila last February to celebrate 100 years of our school in Manila.
I wrote our centennial song and I'm conducting it again at our gala night.
Words cannot express my feelings about our show together, Mon David and I, called The Magic of Two! After 30 years, this was our first concert together, a reunion, indeed! A night of music and magic, yes! Heartfelt, emotional, funny, joyful, poignant - everything was felt! As many said, "It was truly magical!"
Mon David and I after the show
Happy and proud, I'm speechless...
Here's to more, Mon! Sooooooooso proud of you! More power! Here's a video:
Hey, friends! I have a show coming up with Mon David at Piedmont Piano Co. on October 5, Sat., 8 pm. Mon and I go a long way back to the 80's in Manila with our jazz band, FOURPLAY, And this is our first concert, our reunion after 30 years, can you beat that! It's a voice/piano duo and it's going to be a blast! You'll enjoy it! Please come and be sure to say "Hi!", okay.
I actually got Eldar to play at Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland after our concert together at the Philippine Int'l Jazz Festival last February. What an honor for me to share the same stage with an icon! Very humbling experience, I tell you that! Sure learned a lot from him. One of which is this jazz giant is one of the most humble, easy-going celebrities I've ever met!
And that's my brother, Nandy, of course. I told Eldar that my brother and his wife followed him all the way from Manila to Oakland. My family was so impressed with Eldar in Manila, (they didn't know him there) that a nephew asked,"He's gonna go far?"
And I said,"He's already there!"
There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little - the book of Nature. Claude Debussy
Hello, my dears! It's been awhile, I know. No, I didn't abandon you. On the contrary, I missed you all. I missed my blog and I miss blogging! But I was on the other side of the globe, in the Philippines and Israel. Yup! And such a hectic schedule, starting with my alma mater's, College of the Holy Spirit Centennial Celebration last Feb. 2-3 at schoolgrounds and the SMX Convention Center, respectively. Giving back to my alma mater, I'm very proud and humbled to be one of the top 100 alumna awardees.
Then came the 2013 Philippine International Jazz Festival last Feb. 26 on Solo Piano Night Festival at the Ayala Museum in Makati with Tim Lyddon and Grammy-nominated, Eldar Djangirov. Just to perform with these guys is quite an honor!
Then, of course, my Mother's 97th birthday on March 9! Awesome! This is really why I come home every year for her birthday and family.
And, oh, yes, my pilgrimage to the Holy Land! This I have to talk about separately 'cause it's simply special! It's something so deep and personal, I don't even know where to begin my story. But I'll tell you, anyway, as it's simply too beautiful a story, a journey, not to share.
But I'm back home and back in the recording studio today with Norman. He's recording with a big band for his next MANNY MOKA album. Wait, I gotta listen to this, it's a killer song - Manteca!
Great recording! We're here at 25th Street Studio in Oakland. Norman is doing 2 songs with the big band, the other song, Love for Sale. Another great song! Great musicians like Wayne Wallace, Mary Fetig, Santana band members, Jeff Cressman and Bill Ortiz, and an all-star cast of players! Exciting, really! Most of them have left now. Norman is recording with a small band now, a modern jazz composition of his, Tattered Remnants, with interesting instrumentation - piano, bass, flute, trumpet, trombone, timbales and congas, no drums. Beautiful song, I wish I had written it! And just as I said it, Fred Catero, Grammy-nominated album engineer, asked,"Did you write that song?"
Wow, what an honor, I wish! Proud of you, Mahal.
On President Barack Obama's 2nd Inauguration, here's sharing again my tribute - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNj01AtHDAI What can be a better, more special day than to have an Afro-American US President to take his 2nd inauguration on Martin Luther King's Day! CONGRATULATIONS, MR. PRESIDENT, AND MORE POWER! MAY YOUR VISION OF A UNITED COUNTRY AND THE WORLD COME TO LIFE IN YOUR LIFETIME.