Friday, July 23, 2010

News: Artists gather to create new ideas for RP music, literature

 By Shylynne D. Castillo, The Manila Times, Philippines
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July 22 [2010] --For its flagship project, 7101 Music Nation, an organization that seeks to bring out the musical talents of up-and-coming Filipino artists presents "The First Elements National Songwriting Camp" to be held on November 14 to 18 in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. Elements is a first of its kind competition. Aspiring and professional songwriters will have the opportunity to develop their talents and gain knowledge from the masters while enjoying Dumaguete's overflowing ingenious ambiance and renowned cityscape as the venue and source of inspiration for their music.

A total of 60 aspirants will be accepted to be the first batch of Elements participants, all expenses paid. Of these 60, 20 slots would each come from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The process of selection will be through online application and live auditions. It will be handled and overseen by Maestro Ryan Caybyab and his working team of notable songwriters.

"Our mission is to gather aspiring songwriters, distinguished composers, musicians and artists to come together to create new ideas for Philippine music and art literature," Cayabyab told The Manila Times, adding, "We injected something new to the industry because we believe that we need an event like this to encourage songwriters to write and compete."

The five-day camp will offer modules on Musikang Pinoy: History 101, Basic Music Creation, Lyrics, Beyond Music and Words, Commercial Music Structures, The Music Producer, Publishing and New Business Trends, Music and Technology, Music Videos and Production, and Music and Inspiration.

The camp will be participated by 20 respected and legendary songwriters and artists from the Philippine music industry to contribute their talents, understanding and experiences through case studies, interactive outdoor sessions, music games, group activities and one-on-one consultations.

Speakers, lecturers and team facilitators include such personalities as Jim Paredes, Gary Valenciano, Louie Ocampo, Noel Cabangon, Rico Blanco, South Border's Jay Durias, Side A's Joey Benin, Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar, Sponge Cola's Yael Yuzon, and many more.

Highly acclaimed composer Louie Ocampo said the camp aims to bring together hopeful songwriters and hitmakers from a variety of disciplines and provide them with a place to learn, collaborate, interact and generate music in a natural setting. "We are not here to judge you, we are here to hopefully inspire one another."

"A lot of knowledge will be imparted to the participants of this event. It's going to be a fun gathering of aspiring composers," said singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon. "Right now, we have to strengthen the music industry and give importance to the Filipino music."

7101 Music Nation is the brainchild of Ryan Cayabyab, Julio Sy Jr. and Twinky Lagdameo who gathered because of a shared enthusiasm for music.

According to Cayabyab, the main principle of the company is to embrace all forms of music and celebrate our diversity as one music nation. The team is devoted to the expansion of programs and platforms, which will serve to discover and increase local artistry in music.

The application period is from July 20 to August 15. The final list of participants will be announced on September 22.

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