Audience Feedback

 
 

1. Filipino vocalist Grace Nono was riveting. A blended drone played by Tergis and Hanley on fiddles, McComiskey on accordion, and Dolan on keyboards served as the spare, delicate backdrop to Nono's soaring, chantlike singing in her native language, interspersed with succinct, apposite comments in English. Grace Nono was nothing short of spellbinding. - Earle Hitchner, "5th annual the best yet," the Irish Echo, Arts & Leisure, December 14, 2011

2. (We) really loved the presentation. Amazing how much music only three people can put out. I was struck by how strong the pieces were musically without seeming like 'songs' per se, more like a kind of conversation between human beings and whatever they think is larger than they are. I loved the rhythmic interplay between the three of you, especially when you were sharing percussion. Another great conversation.

Also loved the honoring of your teachers- that kind of direct mentoring is so rare in our time of technology and distance. Though electronic media are wonderful and all kinds have wonderful musical fusion has occurred between people who've never met, it does tend to commodify expression in a somewhat alienating way. I think the closest we have to what you presented in the US is the vestiges of native American music and the black and white gospel that still exist in some congregations, passed on through the community. -John Sayles, film director, September 2012

3. Thank you so much for such an inspiring performance. We are full of admiration for your intense research, learning, commitment to community, immersion in tradition, tireless practice and immense musical abilities all working together to elevate minds and spirits. Your incredible voice has been leant with real purpose. It is really wonderful that you are able to perform and extend the music and prayers of people and of peoples whose songs might otherwise remain unknown to so many. -Jonathan Beller, culture critic, September 2012

4. I am grateful to have seen Grace Nono, Charles Wandag, and Bo Razon's musical performances tonight at the Greenwich House Music School. They honor Filipino roots culture in a fashion extremely hard to come by in the NYC landscape. I am inspired by their devotion to represent the diversity that exists in our (Philippine) complex culture and how they see the engagement with our multicultural traditions and layered histories as a way to continue to push our culture forward. Who would have thought the (Bulacan) Santa Clara Folk Song would compel a NYC crowd to its feet!? -September 2012

 

 


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