ATTITUDE OF THE MIND AT CCP

PRESS RELEASE 
September 7, 2017

 

A portrait of Dr Jose MacedaA young Jose Maceda playing the piano

 

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is proud to be a part of the 100th birth anniversary of National Artist for Music Jose Maceda. Co-presented with the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology (UPCE), the centennial celebration in CCP will include the contemporary art exhibition Attitude of the Mind at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and a special re-staging of Maceda’s 1971 breakthrough piece, Cassettes 100. The exhibit will open at 4:30pm on September 26, 2017 followed by the Cassettes 100 performance at the Main Theater Lobby at 6pm. The exhibit runs until December 3, 2017.

 

Attitude of the Mind is curated by Dayang Yraola, whose ‘course of action,’ is to make available Maceda knowledge and materials to a different set of users – to people who are not sharing his same expertise, and to marvel where this could all bring us.” Six artists were commissioned to create artworks specifically for this exhibit. Curator Ricky Francisco will construct an archival installation that will introduce the life and works of Maceda. Artist Leo Abaya will create an audio-visual installation. Ringo Bunoan’s installation art will reconstruct the aftermath of Maceda’s Cassettes 100 performance at the CCP. A robotic music installation, on the other hand, will be Tad Ermitaño’s contribution. Experimental musicians Malek Lopez and Arvin Nogueras will create a digital rendition of Maceda’s unpremiered composition Accordeon and Mandolin, to be exhibited with a composition analysis by Prof. Chris Brown.

 

José Montserrat Maceda, composer, artist, scholar, philosopher, and pedagogue, was born in Manila in January 31, 1917. Pursuing the career path early on as a concert pianist, Maceda trained under the renowned Franco-Swedish pianist Alfred Cortot in Paris in the 1930s. Later, however, he would turn away from western art music to become the country’s first ethnomusicologist as well as pioneering experimental composer. A multi-awarded scholar and artist, among the honours and titles he received was the conferment as National Artist for Music in 1998.

 

Attitude of the Mind exhibit may be viewed daily from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505 and (632) 832-3702, mobile 0917-6033809, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.