Friday, May 15, 2015

GINUGUNITA KITA Performance Art

Press release

ACCLAIMED COMPOSER JESSE LUCAS SETS GALA PREMIERE OF NEW WORKS BASED ON POEMS BY MANINGNING MICLAT

The Talent Factory, Inc., Artist Playground, and the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. proudly present " GINUGUNITA KITA," a one-night unique musical experience featuring new works by noted composer Jesse Lucas based on selected poems written by the late trilingual poet, award-winning visual artist, published author and art teacher, Maningning Miclat.

Directed by multi-awarded film and theater actor Roeder Cama┼łag, “GINUGUNITA KITA" will feature respected actress and soprano, Banaue Miclat-Janssen together with opera singer and theater actor Al Gatmaitan and multi-talented artist Delphine Buencamino. 

The by invitation only art performance will be held on May 30,  2015. 7PM  at the Aldaba Hall, University Theater, U.P. Diliman, Q.C.

INSPIRATION FROM  MELODIOUS POETRY

Eight poems by Miclat  set to music by Lucas are in her trilingual book of poetry, Voice from the Underworld  published by Anvil Publishing, Inc. in 2000. The book was  a National Book Award finalist for poetry in 2001.

The eight poems are: Ginugunita Kita, Tawag, DUET (nina Rizal at Bracken), Kulay sa Bagyo, Ang Naliligaw, A Stare, Verse # 2, and To Catch a Second and Turn it to Forever.

According to the composer, Jesse Lucas,  inspiration came easily to him after reading Maningning Miclat's Voice from the Underworld. He wrote: "I immediately connected with the words and verses. The words used form their own cadence. Each word seemed carefully selected to form a given rhythm that supports its theme. The poems of Maningning Miclat are almost melodious that I can hear the music through the poetic images. It spoke and at the same time sang to me poignant thoughts about life, pain and love. These are the foundation of  Ginugunita Kita’s music.”  He added, “for me, the experience in writing the music was really meditative and cathartic at the same time. It feels like I have discovered a new language, a language that speaks directly to the soul."

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