REFLECTIONS ON KOBE BRYANT PLAYING THE MOONLIGHT SONATA

As I listened to Kobe’s shortened version of Moonlight Sonata with the Luring Quartet, I also remembered the night Licad played the same movement in full in an intimate private gathering.

A FAMILIAR STORY DEEPLY TOLD

He said he was inspired to do the film when he saw this picture of a mother lovingly looking at his dead husband who was a victim of extra-judicial killing. “I became restless after seeing that picture. I became so obsessed with it I decided to do my fifth film with that subject in mind.”

PARA SAIMO, MAMA*

orkids para saimo, mama su masitas tang pinun-an magkapila ngonian labing apat na gatos na

NEW LICAD CD WITH DENMARK PHILHARMONIC OUT SOON

“This is such memorable experience for me working with fantastic Filipino conductor and great musicians from Denmark,” the pianist said. “It has been real pleasure to have worked Judy Sherman who is an old friend and a 10-time Grammy award-winning producer.”

MADUNONG?

kidayad kung imbes magpara tabil na daing kadamhan

TALE OF BYGONE YOUTH IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Like it or not, Deine Farbe (Your Color) is an ode to fading youth and a study in choices. It gives everyone a good preview of one’s younger phase and at the same time making something out of that seemingly reckless transition.

MAD SCENES IN LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR AND BEYOND

But preparing for her role which requires an equal dose of good acting and spectacular singing, the soprano said she has a good idea how to approach her Mad Scene in the opera. “This mad moment is not something that dropped from above. It is the result of emotional trauma. I’d like to build that mad moment and make it look real and not contrived. I take time building the scene and not just by looking insane but by projecting something inside me. In opera, even Lucia's kind of madness should make sense."

CAIPUHAN NINDA ANG SATONG PAGKAMOOT

oras na ning pagpa-totoo kang satong pagka-cristiano

The zombie film in Mikhail Red’s mind

It is nothing totally new to him because as early as age 15 when he studied under Marilou Diaz-Abaya, he would fancy doing zombie films using ketchup as make-believe blood. “So when I was given the opportunity to do a big, studio-funded zombie film, I jumped at the idea. It took a year and a half to prepare and shoot it but it is all worth it. This is the big zombie movie I’ve always wanted to do when I was younger. I started by planning the mechanics and then choosing the cast and closely working with the creative team.”

Music-making around volcano country

I’ve always been fascinated by Taal Volcano which I could see every time I visit what then was known as the Taal Vista Lodge. In 1995, I brought Licad and cellist-husband Antonio Meneses to perform in one of the functions rooms. It has a view of Taal Volcano seen from the glass partition. I actually imagined a volcano acting up when they played the Shostakovich sonata.