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Posted by Dexter Matilla - - 0 comments

Attended two amazing performances recently. First was a concert by jazz artist Amir Gwirtzman at the Tower Club PhilamLife Building in Makati, sponsored by the Israeli Embassy as part of the 4th International Philippine Jazz Festival.

Amir is really very talented and very entertaining despite playing six (or seven) instruments all by himself. He was using a device that would record each instrument so he's able to make loops that he layers as the performance goes on. Here is a video--though not at the same event--of Amir performing Mary Ann(after watching this performed live, I'm seriously considering learning to play jazz music):

(Edit: I found a video of his encore performance at the Tower Club online. Among the crowd, right in the middle is Imelda Marcos.)

Next was the Vienna New Year's Ball (don't ask me why New Year) last Feb. 27. The Manila Symphony Orchestra played to guests, dressed in suits and long gowns, on a night that was truly a night for classical music lovers--like me. Hehe. Event was organized by the Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines in cooperation with the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

Most memorable was Joseph Haydn's "Farewell Symphony" where members of the MSO left one by one as the piece was being played, until there were just two violinists remaining.

After the show, Ms. Charisse Chuidian of the Mandarin Oriental invited guests to dinner at Paseo UNO at the ground floor where I had my fill of tempura, fish cake, maki, lechon macau, and what-have-yous.

I would recommend to anyone who loves jazz and classical music to catch these performances.

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