Euro-Pinoy virtual concert on May 29

Published May 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Roy Mabasa

Even while the whole world is fighting to mitigate the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, music will continue to “give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything,” as Plato, one of mankind’s greatest philosopher would put it.

(EU Delegation to the Philippines Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
(EU Delegation to the Philippines Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

It is in this spirit that the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines in collaboration with the Embassies of the Czech Republic and Germany, have assembled the “Euro-Pinoy Virtual Concert 2020” on May 29 at 8 p.m. to be streamed at the EU Delegation to the Philippines FB and

Lined-up to perform at the Euro-Pinoy Concert are a powerful combination of artists and musicians such as jazz artist Tomáš Sýkora (Czech), violinists Jeanette Kamphuis and Stefan Randehed (brother and sister team, Sweden), flamenco guitarist Alex Fernandez (Spain), DJ Bhutta B (Philippines), with host Sanya Smith (Philippines), daughter of the legendary Filipino rocker Pepe Smith.

Sýkora is a Czech composer, pianist, producer, arranger, and teacher. Focusing mostly on contemporary classical and jazz music, his compositions have already been performed by several Czech symphonic orchestras, big bands and other ensembles (Philharmonic of Olomouc city, Philharmonic of Pilsen, Prague Wind Quintet, Pavel Bořkovec string quartet, Concept Art Orchestra, Bo Big band, etc.) and famous soloists (Karel Dohnal, Jan Keller, Zdeňka M. Košnarová, Ilya Blackwedge). He has been a producer, arranger, bandleader and pianist of female vocalist Lena Yellow.

On the brother and sister tandem from Sweden, Jeanette is a multi-talented artist being a visual artist and a violinist. She was part of the first edition of Euro-Pinoy Concert in 2018.

Jeanette has a roster of awards as a violinist and artist and just recently was nominated as Noble Queen of the Universe of Sweden and was named as Noble Queen representing Sweden. She was also named as an outstanding international visual artist of the year (Pamana Awards USA). She had a number of art exhibitions either as a solo artist or together with a group of artists.

Her brother Stefan Rendehed, on the other hand, is a scientist and a violinist at the same time. He joined in last year’s “Hemispheres Talk on Music,” another initiative of the EU Delegation to the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas.

German DJ Bruder is the music manager of Manila Nightclub XX XX and plays music ranging from electronic, downtempo, psych, world music, experimental, among others.

Viva Europa is a result of the cooperation between the EU Delegation to the Philippines and the Embassies of Czech Republic or Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy through the Philippine – Italian Association, Poland, Spain, and Instituto Cervantes, Alliance Francaise de Manille and the National Library of the Philippines. Updates shall be uploaded in the FB, IG and Twitter accounts of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.