A Chemical Reaction Between Rock and Classical Music

Rockestra (ro-kes-tra) – [1] An event happening at August 19, 7:30pm at the Folk Arts Theater. [2] Defined by the summation of Cambio, Imago, Sandwich, Silent Sanctuary, Sugarfree, Twisted Halo and the Manila Symphony Orchestra. [3] With tickets priced at PhP 975, PhP 630, PhP 350, PhP175, and PhP75. [4] Tickets are available at the CCP Ticket Booth, major National Bookstore branches, Robinsons Department Store (Malate, Galleria, Cavite & Pampanga), Tower Records (Makati and Alabang), Music Museum (Virra Mall, Greenhills), Ayala Center Inc. Greenbelt 1 Ticket Booth Cinema Lobby, Glorietta 1 Ticket Booth Cinema Lobby and on the TicketWorld website.

I can vividly recall when Rockestra was being conceptualized a year ago. I was at Starbucks Taft that time digesting what needs to be digested. My jaw dropped down to the ground as I was thinking of how would a rock band and a full orchestra would sound together. Of course I already have had an idea for Silent Sanctuary and Up Dharma Down have a strings section. But when I was thinking, what if the other instruments were added, my jaw dropped even 6 feet underground. I’m very sure that it will be a tough production because coordination is the only key to harmony. Try to imagine Hari ng Sablay (of Sugarfree), Two Trick Pony (of Sandwich), Anino (by Imago), Divisoria (by Cambio), and Public Service Announcement (by Twisted Halo) with a full orchestra playing with the respective bands. Then, recall your high school music class and your lessons on the classical instruments. Can you imagine how the hell would they put the arrangement for the timpani, triangle, trumpet, and trombone? As Kristine Lim have put it in her article ROCKESTRA: When Two Musical Worlds Collide, it’s indeed “a mind-blowing collaboration”. Songs from Silent Sanctuary are not that hard enough to imagine with a full orchestra playing with them since they already have a strings section present in their line up. Same thing goes for Up Dharma Down. Continue reading “A Chemical Reaction Between Rock and Classical Music”

Their Unusual Way of Studying

My nephews, Justin and Lance, will be taking their long exams scheduled this week. They studied this afternoon and of course, their Dad was their tutor while I was their spectator. My brother really knows how to motivate them. His style was to make them answer the questions and if they got it correctly, they’ll move one-step forward. This is quite similar to the contests shown at your regular noon-time show.

My brother also related to me when Justin was teaching Lance how to write numbers.

Justin: Yung number three parang dalawang letter C lang yun na baligtad.

Lance: nods.

Justin: Yung number four naman, parang letter L lang yun na nilagyan ng line.

Lance: Nods.

I think Justin is good in abstract reasoning. Hmmmm… child prodigy in the making?