The sheer but deceptive randomness of an assemblage of apparently unrelated objects from discards and rubbish, and a kind of low-frequency music vibrating among them may be used to describe the rush of indefinable propositions that make-up installation artist and painter Alwin Reamillo’s Play by Ear II (Oido) exhibition at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street in Pasay City.
Music, and the remains of the almost forgotten piano-making industry in the country, and the cultural links between
Reamillo belongs to family of local piano-makers that manufactured the Wittemberg brand of upright and grand pianos before the industry went into decline partly as a result of globalization. Included in the exhibition are recently restored art-case Wittemberg Pianos developed from an earlier artist residency project at the UP
For the last thirteen years, the internationally renowned installation artist has made the far-off port city of
Reamillo, a recipient of the prestigious 2008 ArtsWA Mid-Career Fellowship in Western Australia and the 1994 CCP Thirteen Artists Award, brings together his musician friends from various encounters, having been an alumnus of the Philippine High School for the Arts, the UP College of Fine Arts and the Western Australia School of Visual Arts, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University.
Australian Folk/Bush Music legend Warren Fahey, and his band the Larrikins, headline the closing concert, performing numbers from his famous collection of Australian Folk/Bush songs, ballads, poems, folklore built over 40 years. Filipino world music band Makiling will perform selections from their recently launched third CD album “ Malakas at Maganda”. Wystan de la Pena and Jose Sarigumba will render a duo-version of Nicanor Abelardo’s “Mutya ng Pasig” with young vocalist Collins Guttierrez singing traditional English and Australian songs, promising a most interesting night of performances with the special participation of Filipino world music advocate Grace Nono.
An open impromptu, improvisational jamming is also expected from other invited musicians and guests. “Our guest musicians for the closing event complete, in a manner, the cultural correspondences between
Play by Ear is a joint initiative of Galleria Duemila and the Australian Embassy Manila.