Cynthia Alexander, Itchyworms and French artists Charles Baptiste and NoSax NoClar perform for the 1st virtual Fête de la Musique PH: The Music Goes On!
Manila, June 18, 2020 – For the first time since its inception in the Philippines, the Fête de la Musique brings its festivities exclusively online!
The Alliance française de Manille, together with B-Side Productions and in partnership with the Embassies of France & Qatar and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), present this virtual event in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The free livestream concert will be broadcast live via Facebook this Sunday, June 21 from 6:15 pm to 10:00 pm, featuring performances from three Filipino acts and two French acts and hosted by Manila’s own Nurse Rapper, Fatima Palma Loo.
The wildly inventive French jazz duo NoSax NoClar, avant-garde French-pop singer and DJ Charles-Baptiste, the iconic Filipino rock band The Itchyworms, folk/world music legend Cynthia Alexander, and the “big band ng bayan” Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas will take the digital Fête stage and serenade music fans across the nation and around the globe.
The Alliance française de Manille celebrates its 100th anniversary
2020 also marks Alliance française de Manille’s first century of existence in the country. This milestone signifies its continuous commitment to partnerships and collaborations to promote cultural relations between France and the Philippines, among the most noteworthy of which is the Fête de la Musique – a French tradition embraced and adopted as a shared experience to showcase original Filipino talent and artistry.
The Fête de la Musique PH tradition and the new normal
Over the years, Fête de la Musique PH has evolved from a simple gathering of music fans to becoming one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the country. Last year, Fête PH’s 25th edition was celebrated in over 60 stages in 8 cities across the nation, gathering more than 3,000 musicians and over 40,000 spectators.
With foremost consideration to the health, safety and well-being of the community, this year’s celebration, while more intimate in scope, aims to be no less abundant with meaning and inspiration. It also seeks to contribute to some of the local music community’s most direly affected members – the roadies. The show will serve as a platform to drive donations towards Roadie Superstars (facebook.com/roadiesuperstar/) and Roadies Club PH (facebook.com/roadiesclubph/) to help these most essential yet largely unrecognized figures of the entertainment ecosystem.
Moreover, Sunday night’s concert will also be in support and with the support of LEAP – a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of event producers, event and activation agencies; which will officially launch via Facebook on June 25 (facebook.com/leagueofeventandactivationagenciesofthephils/).
Everyone is invited to watch the livestream through the following Facebook pages:
Alliance Francaise de Manile (www.facebook.com/alliancefrancaisedemanille)
Fête de la Musique PH ( www.facebook.com/FetePH)
B- Side Productions (www.facebook.com/BSIDEProdInc)
Profiles of the French artists
Charles-Baptiste is a French pop singer. His talent came to the attention of the public with the single “As cool as you are” from his first album “Les sentiments inavouables” (Ineffable feelings) (Mercury / Universal – 2014), he has performed nearly 300 concerts and DJ-sets in more than 25 countries. His second album, Le Love & Le Seum (Robert Records / Kuroneko), devoted to the binary functioning of the post-Internet brain, was released on June 12, 2020.
Two years after his first visit to Manila, Charles-Baptiste gives us the pleasure of coming back to sing for the Filipino audience – this time on the social networks of the Alliance française de Manille.
With their atypical backgrounds, their music sometimes has hints of the colours of the Mediterranean, sometimes hints of the magic of Nordic countries, whereas at other times it is more unchained, with a free jazz influence, or even evocative of the alchemy of bebop…
NoSax NoClar do not claim a musical identity, gender, style or label. The musical journey is what motivates Julien Stella and Bastien Weeger, a journey of discovery around themes of interest to them. NoSax NoClar is a 2019 Jazz Migrations winner.
For more information:
Noe Fuentes, Cultural Manager, Alliance Française de Manille firstname.lastname@example.org
Giselle Tomimbang, President, B Side Productions Inc. email@example.com