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14/08/2010: Israeli and Japanese duo plays Kundiman

Israeli and Japanese duo plays Kundiman

August 14, 2010, Annandale, VA – Israeli cellist Harel Gietheim and Japanese pianist Kanako Nishikawa charmed their audience as they play Philippine classical music kundiman at the Ernst Community Theater.  Both trained at the prestigious Longy School of Music in Boston, Mr. Gietheim and Ms. Nishikawa have performed in stages around the world as soloists and chamber musicians. Geithem has played with Yo-Yo Ma and other celebrated cellists such as Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, and Aldo Parisot. Nishikawa has been performing kundiman since 2004 and has worked with Eric Ruske, Daniel Veis and Brian Manker.

University of the Philippines Professor Felipe M. De Leon, Jr. describes kundiman as, “… a unique musical form expressing intense longing, caring, devotion and oneness. Its music is soulful and lofty, conveying deep feelings of devotional love.

Geithem and Nishikawa serenaded the audience with Hating Gabi (Midnight), Mayon (A Fantasy), Pakiusap (A Plea), Kapantay ay Langit (As High as Heaven), Matud Nila (So They Say) and Bayan Ko (My Homeland), which is said to be the most popular kundiman.

During a meet and greet session immediately after the performance, Geithem said that it is very easy for foreigners like him to relate with the Philippines’ kundiman. He added that they enjoy playing it. For the encore, the duo played Lagi Kitang Naaalala (I Always Remember You). -- END

(Photo courtesy of Ms. Remé Grefalda.)