Saxophone Idols Live in Action (S.I.L.A): A Benefit Concert

 

Christmas season is best expressed through sharing our blessings to our family and friends. We also show our love and hospitality via gift giving and charity work through donations, fund raisers, and events held for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

I have always admired people who make time and effort to come up with ways to help our fellow Filipinos who are in need. It also has become an eye opener to some of us to become appreciative of what we have because not a lot of families have the luxury to live and have a good life.


On November 29, 2018, Saxophone Fastrack and Harell Horne Integrated School had its first saxophone concert dubbed as Saxophone Idols Live in Action (S.I.L.A.) at Music Museum; to which I was lucky to have been invited as a guest blogger.

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My ticket and a copy of Fastrack flyer

Christmas came earlier this year! That’s because the proceeds of this concert will go to Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, a non-government organization that provides medical and disaster response missions and other community projects. This will help Operation Blessing Philippines in all their causes as they continue to provide our nation with immediate, and effective medical & disaster response, outreaches, and programs to areas in need.
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Photo credits to OBFP’s website. No copyright infringement intended

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Before the concert started, a press-con was held for us to get to know the featured artists a little better.

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Let’s start with the maestro himself, Archie Lacorte. Archie is a faculty member of UST Conservatory of Mucic (FUN FACT: I also studied Music in UST back in 2007) and has performed in International Jazz Festivals across Asia. He played for international artists like Stephen Bishop, Peter Cetera of Chicago and recently for John Ford Coley. He also performed locally with Sitti Navarro, Ely Buendia and more.

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Josh Espinosa is a saxophone virtuoso, and Eat Bulaga’s Saxophone Hero Grand Champion. He is also the saxophonist of Martin Nievera, Gary V and other famous artists.
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Marc Vincent A.K.A. Saxserenade is the rising YouTube sensation famous for his sax covers including IV of Spades’ Mundo, and Moira Dela Torre’s Tagpuan, that garnered hundreds of thousands of views.
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This is Nix Lontoc, the top saxophone student of Fastrack. Nix has played sax for weddings, and alongside acts such as Benny’s Band, Pentacoustic, Infini8ty, J Band, Preview, and Creation Band. Take note, she was the only woman saxophonist featured in this concert.
We were also excited to see performances by Kimwell Bunag, Christian Chiu A.K.A. XT on Sax, Jon Bautista, Enchong Formosa of Midlife Crisis, Genick Generoso, Julio Medina, Raul Banzon, and Master of Sax Michael Guevarra.

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Of course, this concert wouldn’t made possible if it wasn’t for this talented and kind hearted man who produced the show (along with their generous sponsors) — Jaybee Javelosa. Aside from being this concert’s producer, he is also a coach from Fastrack; with that being said, he wouldn’t let this show end without performing for us as well!

Having a bit of background in classical music, I thought the concert will focus on either classic or jazz music. We were surprised when they started playing songs of today and even belted high notes like Beyoncé but via saxophone!

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Some of the songs performed were Feel So Good, Havana, Love on Top, and Domino. I never knew I could dance and sing along at the show as I thought I will be hearing more jazzy tunes than pop songs. My fellow bloggers definitely enjoyed each and every performance by the featured artists!

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Who knew you can also perform a duet using saxophones!

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Christmas in the Philippines starts as early as September. That means, Jose Mari Chan‘s songs and other Christmas carols are already heard across the country the moment “ber” month begins!

Jon Bautista played The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole and oh, we surely felt the holiday spirit that night!

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Mike Guevarra’s  Saxophone exhibition got our jaws dropping! We lost count on how many saxophones he played that night!

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You’re a 90’s kid if you know very well that the song “I Believe I Can Fly” was used as the official soundtrack for Michael Jordan’s movie, Space Jam.

It was Genick Genero’s dream to play saxophone but not to perform classical music. He’s ultimate goal was to learn how to perform I Believe I Can Fly! He actually did, and that of course was with the help of Fastrack school. He was nervous but I can honestly say that he played it with all his heart at the concert, and that for me was a great performance!

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I didn’t know he was part of the show til he was called on stage. He’s been going around the hall to check up on us to find out if we’re all enjoying the concert.

Raul Banzon one of S.I.L.A.’s guest performers, has played sax for over 40 years! A self-taught performer who relied on his ear or “ouido” for music, he has remained a well-respected figure in the music industry.

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One of the most unforgettable moments in the concert was their rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody! Very timely for those who still have a hangover on Rami Malek’s movie. A well deserved standing ovation was not enough to show how much we were amazed by their performance!

Aside from the guest saxophonists, this concert also featured one of today’s most promising artists in the country, Ana Ramsey.

Ana is part of ABS CBN’s Star Music as a recording artist, and as a radio DJ for a local radio station. The Sexy Diva sang I love you, I do and I am Changing; both songs were from the romantic musical, Dreamgirls.

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The night would’t be complete without a performance from their special guest, SUD.

SUD is a local indie rock/Jazz fusion band known for their songs SILA, and DI MAKATULOG.

I honestly didn’t know that they were the band who sang Sila, as I only used to hear it on the radio on the way to work. Good to have my fellow blogger Pao de Chavez beside me, as she gave me more information about the band while they were performing. Well, most of the time she was singing along with them.

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Here’s a photo of Pao and I with SUD. Photo Credits to Pao’s FB.

Another jaw dropping moment and I guess the best highlight of the night was when this happened.

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She said yes, of course! Huge congrats to you Nix and to your fiance too!

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Photo Credits to The Bandwagon Chic

The show ended we big smiles on our faces. Exhausted as we may have been, knowing that this concert will help a lot of our kababayans was worth all the trouble we have encountered to make this day count.

 

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Photo credits to Music Museum’s website: MusicMuseum.com.ph

For more details about the concert, please inquire at 0915 2642335 or 02 3979091 or check the FB Page SILA Saxophone Idols Live in Action.

You can also watch Kim’s vlog about the concert. See the video below:


PHOTO CREDITS TO THE FOLLOWING:
Roniel Nuñez Photography
EJ Sanchez
The Bandwagon Chic
Sparkle Potato

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