Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Grace Nono's new album to be launched today

Grace Nono’s newest album to be released by TAO Music will be launched at the Yuchengco Museum today, August 11, Tuesday, at 6 p.m.

Entitled “Dalit: Ballads on Love, Loss, and Finding Heart Again,” the album consists of 10 Visayan-Cebuano songs that Nono had learned during her face-to-face meetings with folk singers in rural, inland Mindanao. Each of the 10 tracks sits comfortably between the boundaries of traditional folk and popular.

The Yuchengco Museum is located at the RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. For more information about the album launch, call 8891234 or e-mail info@yuchengcomuseum.org.

About Grace Nono
Born and raised in Agusan, Northeastern Mindanao, Southern Philippines, Nono is an award-winning Philippine music performing artist, Philippine studies researcher/author, and cultural worker/administrator. A product of the University of the Philippines where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Humanities and master’s degree in Philippine Studies, Nono has received further training from the Asia-Pacific Performance Exchange residency, the Asian Cultural Council residency, the Asian Institute of Management Arts Management Program, and the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO’s training on Intangible Cultural Heritage.

For the past 15 years, Nono has studied sung oral traditions from Philippine elders, infusing these with her own contemporary spirit to advance issues of living identity, environmentalism, women’s rights and interfaith dialogue. She has been a featured artist at the House of World Cultures in Berlin; the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona; the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid; the Music Village Festival in London; concerts in Paris and Monte Carlo; the World of Arts, Music, and Dance Festival in Yokohama; the Exposition on Nature’s Wisdom in Aichi; Asian Fantasy Orchestra tours around New Delhi, Bombay, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Miyazaki, Bangkok, Vientiane, Yangon, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh; the Hong Kong Asian Arts Festival; the Singapore Arts Festival; performances and conferences in Huairou, Bangkok, Jakarta, Nanning, Shanghai, Seoul, Penang, Taipei, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and in many different parts of the Philippines.

Her book, “The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines” (Anvil Publishing, Fundacion Santiago) is now available, as she works on a second book on the music of the Philippine babaylan (shaman). In collaboration with composer Bob Aves, Grace has produced an audio and print series on Philippine oral traditions and instrumental music which is being used by a number of teachers and students in studying Philippine music, arts and culture.

To date, Nono has won over 40 awards, including Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM), The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS), and numerous Catholic Mass Media, Katha, Awit, National Press Club, and other awards for her artistic and cultural contributions.

Visit www.gracenono.com or www.myspace.com/gracenonopilipinas, or call 0917-4862764 or 4117435.

PLUS: Gone from YouTube along with my account, fortunately preserved in my Multiply--Grace Nono's Iduyan Mo, performed at the Ryan Cayabyab: MusicMan at 50 concert.

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