Jesse Lucas leads tribute concert
Multi-awarded musician Jesse Lucas headlined the performance art show Ginugunita Kita at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) as part of the 7th biennial Maningning Miclat poetry awarding ceremonies on Sept. 3.
After top-billing the CCP Triple Threats concert Full Range, the noted composer and pianist turned the works of the late trilingual poet Maningning Miclat into nostalgic musical renditions with the help of master cellist Renato Lucas, soprano and Maningning’s younger sister Banaue Miclat-Janssen, tenor Al Gatmaitan, and actor-dancer Delphine Buencamino. The Ginugunita Kita CD, which contains nine tracks, was also launched during the concert.
Roeder Camañag directed the show with interactive visual art provided by Nasser Lubay. The tribute concert was initially staged at the Aldaba Recital Hall in UP Diliman.
Jesse, who is behind the prized music of several films, TV shows, musicals, operas, ballet and other dance performances, explained his inspiration for the project came easy after reading Voice from the Underworld, Maningning’s collection of poems (Anvil Publishing House).
“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. They 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,” the composer shared.