Para Cuatro Manos
music is for everyone. Even the simplest people in the poorest areas
in the Philippines enjoy listening to classical music. I have seen and
experienced it on a solo tour I did in 2016. We Filipinos have a strong sense of imagination, and if
we are given the right introduction before a concert, we all learn
listen attentively. Listening does not just become a form of entertainment
but a mental activity. In big cities, where everyone gets caught
up with the pressures of social media, and a fast paced life, I see classical
concerts as a chance for the people to forget time and just be still
through active listening. In poor areas, where the main problem is where
to get the next meal, classical music is a chance to experience beauty
out of „nothing“ and a chance to have some real experience and inspiration.
it is something that is not accessible to everyone. I grew up in Tacloban
(a small city in central Philippines), and it had always saddened me that even my own
not heard me play. Each time I go to the Philippines, this urge to share
music and the beauty it brings just gets stronger.
para Cuatro Manos is a project that hopes to give access to classical
music even to the remote areas of the country. The main idea is to
have a yearly tour to three or four cities outside of Manila. To have two
to five locally based pianists and give 4-hand piano concerts. It is
way of sharing music and it is a lesser intimidating setting to
that have never seen a piano at all. A quick introduction will be
done to every work presented and a 15 minute Question and Answer
portion at the end of the concert. The last part is inevitable to
help the audience clarify things and questions that could come up
during the concert.
I am more than happy to announce its first launching tour this July 2019 with an equally good pianist Karla Maria Diño!