A fusion of Filipino and European music filled The Ruins last night (7 May) in the Euro-PInoy concert as European and Filipino artists jammed the night away.
The concert was in celebration of the founding of the EU and the EU-PH partnership. Lukas Sommer who has come all the way from Czech Republic performed together with Spanish flamenco guitarist Alex Alcaraz, German DJ Badkiss and Filipino percussionist Jean Paul Zialcita.
Lukas is known for more than 40 opuses for different works. Apart from composing music, Sommer is also a sought-after arranger of popular music in various film soundtracks, and has worked with a variety of Czech and international agencies. Lukáš Sommer is famous for his innovative style of classical guitar combined with the philosophy of yoga and meditation.
Spanish Alex Alcaraz is a Flamenco guitarist who was born and raised in Granada, Spain. In 2012, he decided to move to the Philippines and since then, he has been collaborating with Flamenco academies in Manila and several Filipino musicians.
Jean Paul Zialcita is a Filipino percussionist who uses an exotic mix of upcycled found objects and local materials combined with elements of Filipino Martial Arts to reimagine the Philippines on the world stage in what he calls the “Age of ^CAN DO^.
DJ Marie Badkiss is half-German, half-Filipina, is able to conjure a cocktail mix of flavors from different music genres that keeps one’s feet moving to the beat. Her edgy look and equally mesmerizing music have landed her among the top hottest female club DJs in Manila, according to WheninManila.com. Her rock solid reputation for quality music selection transcending genres, trends and generations has allowed her to share her outstanding talent with the world – from going on a nationwide tour with Philippine telco giant to playing launches and in-store parties as resident DJ for Louis Vuitton. She performs in different clubs in Manila including Time, Club XX XX (20/20), Chotto Matte, Café Curieux and The Belle and Dragon.
Other artists from the Philippines joined in the fun with their distinctive music and will do the front act. Performers from Para sa Sining included Kamara, Issa Rodriguez, Rice Lucido X Norvin delos Santos, Bea Lorenzo, Rice Lucido X, Trischa Padilla and Bistibway Percussion Duo.
The concert was presented by the EU Delegation to the Philippines in partnership with the Embassies of the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Instituto Cervantes together with Para sa Sining, the Z Hostel and Don Papa Rum.