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July 2, 2012

Javier Alvarez and Marc Velasco in Concert

Expanding its commitment to the shared heritage of Spain and the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes de Manila presents Dialogue of Music: Javier Álvarez and Marc Velasco in concert on July 3, 7:30pm at Instituto Cervantes’ Salon de Actos.

As part of En Torno al Chabacano series - the celebration of the Chabacano language through music, films, and talks - the Spanish cultural center will feature live Spanish and Chabacano music from original compositions of Spanish pop-rock musician Javier Álvarez and Zamboangueño singer-songwriter Marc Velasco.

Javier Álvarez, a homegrown talent from Madrid, studied Philology in London and used to play in the Madrid subway and at the Parque del Retiro. He also performed in bars but, unlike the more traditional songwriters of his time, his main influences were of the pop genre, drawing inspiration from the likes of ABBA, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, and The Eagles, among others. He released his first album in 1994 where he collaborated with several other Spanish artists. His succeeding albums can be described to have a more electronic sound and whose words can be described as “radical.”

Marc Velasco, whose single “Ordinary Song” became a top hit in 2000, is currently preparing his first album in Chabacano. A musical prodigy, Velasco wrote, produced and performed in a number of musical productions. Playing session guitar to some local bands, like Advent Call, After Image and to solo performances of Coritha, Wency Cornejo, and Lloyd Umali, has enabled him explore and help cultivate the rich and developing future of Filipino music.

This concert will be a blend of Spanish and Chabacano repertoire, catering to both the traditional concertgoers while stimulating the next generation of listeners. Two different nationalities, two languages but a fusion of which will help create a truly compelling performance.

Chabacano language

This performance is the closing event of En Torno al Chabacano, a series of activities related to the Spanish creole. A vehicular language of half a million native speakers, the Chabacano language is the only Spanish-based Creole in Asia and one of the oldest creoles in the world. On July 2 (Monday), 5pm, Dr. Robert B. Torres of the Western Mindanao State University will hold a talk about Chabacano language and literature. He will be introduced by former Prime Minister of the Philippines and incumbent leader of the Cavite Historical Society Cesar Virata.

At 7pm, Dr. Teresita Pareja of the De La Salle Univesity (DLSU) - Faculty of Language and Literature will introduce Dr. John Lipski, an American linguist most widely known for his work on Spanish and Portuguese dialectology and language variation. Dr. Lipski will then present discussion that explores the contributions of Cavite Chabacano varieties to the understanding of creole languages.

On July 3, 5pm Instituto Cervantes will also premier four recently filmed independent shorts in Chabacano. Films include Adrian Araojo’s “Corto Plazo”, Johnars Sumpo’s “Sentido Imahenasyon”, Sheron Dayoc’s “Mientras Su Durminda”, and Dexter dela Peña’s “Placebo.”

En Torno al Chabacano is part of the events commemorating the Philippine- Spanish Friendship Day (celebrated every year on June 30). It is presented by Instituto Cervantes de Manila in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, the Philippine- Spanish Friendship Day Committee, AECID National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the De La Salle University (DLSU)- Cavite, Cavite Historical Society and the Kapatiran Sandugo.

Contact Details:
For more information, please call (63 2) 526-1482.
Instituto Cervantes

855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tuesday July 3, 2012 7:30 PM

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