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  • After a successful international show in Dubai, Julie Anne San Jose will be back on concert stage this time to give love and showcase her awe-performing talent for the people of the Queen City of the South, Cebu.
  • You have until March 9 (Friday) 2012 to show your support to your favorite music artists, share and spread the news!
  • The fate of country’s most favorite artists are in the hands of worldwide music lovers. MYX, the no. 1 music channel in the Philippines, now embarks on achieving a new milestone, the MYX Music Awards 2012.
  • After having been paried with other stars, John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin get into an “unofficially different” love story in Star Cinema’s pre-Valentine offering.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Premier lifestyle channel Lifestyle Network will once again partake in the Philipine International Jazz and Arts Festival (PI Jazzfest), as it brings renowned British contemporary jazz band Acoustic Alchemy and other world class musicians in a an event dubbed  as "ABS-CBN Jazz Gala" on February 24, 6p.m at the Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

For nearly 25 years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar's potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond.  In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings - despite a tragic setback in the  late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry  - the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their UK origins. 

For a lot o people, instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,"  says Charmichael. "But we put a lot into it - not just with this record but with every record we've ever made.  I'd like to think that after all these years, we've learned how to take people on a journey.  A lot of our fans have said that we do that for them.  As long as they keep coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we'll keep doing what we're doing."                                                                                                                                                                                 
The band’s story begins with two guitarists, Nick Webb and Simon James, who recorded a self-financed, self-produced album in the mid 80s entitled Acoustic Alchemy. Shortly after the release, James left the partnership to study flamenco guitar in Spain, leaving Webb to promote the record on his own.

Webb turned to a rock guitarist named Greg Carmichael, whose background complemented his own. Webb had studied jazz at Leeds College of Music, while Carmichael had studied classical at London College of Music—and the two assumed the name of Acoustic Alchemy.

Positive Thinking (1998) was to be Acoustic Alchemy’s last recording with Webb, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the outset of the project.. He died in February 1998, and the album was released later that year.

Webb’s death left the future of the band in question. At the time, the group consisted of the two acoustic guitarists backed by electric guitar, bass and drums. Gilderdale, who was playing in the electric guitar slot at the time, expanded his technical skills and repertoire on acoustic guitar and stepped forward to take Webb’s place alongside Carmichael at the front of the band.

Four years in the making, Roseland is Acoustic Alchemy’s newest recording. The album was self-produced in Gilderdale’s home studio in York, England (with some post-production in London and Germany), and released on the band’s newly formed label, Onside Records.

Meanwhile, other world class musicians to jazz up “ABS-CBN’s Jazz Gala” are Yaron Gottfried, an Israeli conductor who bridges classical, contemporary and jazz, and Filipino-American Charmaine Clamor who was cited as “a gifted vocalist” and as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade” by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, respectively. Dave Eggar and Filipinos Tateng Katindig, Abe Lagrimas will also perform.

The PI Jazzfest, which currently runs and will last until February 29 (Wednesday), is this year’s biggest gathering of the local and international jazz artists. Tickets for the PI Jazzfest are sold in all Ticketnet outlets nationwide. For inquiries logon to www.pijazzfest.com or email pijazz@gmail.com.


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