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Monday, February 10, 2014

HELL is full of musical amateurs. Music is the brandy of the damned. May not one lost soul be permitted to abstain? - George Bernard Shaw (Irish playwright)

Maybe an artist is a medium programmed to blow someone else’s imagination. Or perhaps an artist is really a lost soul, in terms of his need to be understood in the way he thinks. A lost soul needs maintenance, something strong to continue being unconventional. “Experimental insanity” develops a ridiculously abstruse thought transferred into a visual treasure, that’s why. Maybe a lost soul also needs music.

Music and visual art. Both are the same, yet both are different also. In a society bombarded with foreign influences and/or frivolous show biz issues, extracting music and visual art from them is sometimes not the approach to identity. Sometimes, it’s the combination of the crafts that gives rise to identity.


In celebration of the National Arts Month, Jose R. Gulas Halad Museum in collaboration with Cebu Artists Incorporated (CAI) plays Halad Musika: A Medley of Visuals.

Literally the visual version of Filipino music, the exhibit was enacted on Wednesday as an “eargasmic” symphony of orientation and discipline, be it the figurative and realistic fashion of Joel Cristobal, drums sessionist of local folk outfit Asin, or the abstract art attack of Jojo Sagayno, a Joey Ayala fan.

Other renditions are strummed by Mark Lloyd Belicario, John Dinglasa, Darby Alcoseba, Jess Dinglasa, Cesar Castillo, Efren Enolva, Reynan Dingal, Marlone Ylanan, Josua Cabrera, Ymar Lacorte, Joseph Ong, Sonia Yrastorza, Guido Lubanga, Ann Lubanga, Celso Duazo Pepito, Fe Madrid Pepito, Bobier Crispin, Dodong Pautan, Ariel Caratao, Dondon Bayawa, Antonio Vidal, Rico Maranga, Ruel Rosello, Celina Paredes and Radel Paredes.

Halad Musika: A Medley of Visuals paintings
Halad Musika: A Medley of Visuals. [clockwise] (1) Ambition by Joel Cristobat (2) The Enchanted Sound of Jingle Bells by Ariel Caratao (3) Nature Lover by Bobier Crispin (4) Picasso’s Magic Flute by Jojo Sagayno (5) Music As Life Itself by Celso Duazo Pepito (6) Rhythm by Mark Lloyd Belicario (7) Music Lovers by Marlone Ylanan (8) Bajo De Arco by Juan Guido Lubanga. (Photos by Ruel Rosello of Sun.Star Cebu)

The assortment of items in a universal vein supports the argument that music is not pure audio alone. Sure, it might not mean anything at times but depending on sanity and exaggeration, it could be all what the artist ever wants it to be or more. Yes, music can be transported through physical or visual art. It could be a distortion of the anatomy and the proportion of elements to express the creator’s vision.

Halad Musika: A Medley of Visuals runs until April 4 at the Halad Museum on Cor. D. Jakosalem St. in Cebu City. Listen with your eyes.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 11, 2014.


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