5/11/2015 9:29:40 AM
It was a Monday evening when my friends from Alasmedya sent me a message on my Facebook account. It was an invitation to the event that suddenly went to my ears: and I’m talking about the Elements’ Jam Night.
The next time around, I saw myself rushing – off from a minute-length rest I stormed by Route 196 at Katipunan, Quezon City. By the way, it’s was then a free-entranced night.
The jam session consisted of four acts: Coeli San Luis, Mic Llave, The Benjamins, and Alasmedya. For over two and a half hours, these musicians offered sets of different blends of their craft; proving themselves on what they learned from earning an Elements experience.
Coeli San Luis is a singer-songwriter and cellist (she’s also known as rhyme-sounding “Coeli the Cellist”) whom immersed herself in the field on being a teacher and therapist.
The Benjamins were comprised of the Makati-based brothers Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Guico. They had a single titled Dahilan, which according from Zach Lucero, sounded like a mixed fusion of Johnoy Danao and Ebe Dancel.
Mic Llave is a solo artist with guitar at hand, and at once produced a self-produced EP titled “Ambisyon.” The session musician also made waves in the mainstream shores as part of Team Lea in the season 2 of The Voice.
And last but not the least, Alasmedya is an acoustic pop-fusion band; with all of its four members (Jack Majadas, JR Reodique, Mark Anthony Manago, and Sean Gabriel Cedro) hailed from Antipolo City.
To culminate everything, the event offered a "jam session" to anyone who wishes to perform. Notable musicians such as K.A. Antonio, Bullet Dymas, Thyro Alfaro, Yumi Lacsamana and Abby Asistio hit the stage just for a fun night of music.
I guess, every music listener should take advantage of attending such night, where music was literally a “free-for-all” or “up-for-grabs” for everyone out there. Free entrance? Jam Session? Plus the chance to meet the artists – be in indie or especially the ones who made it to mainstream? What more can you lose?
Elements is a music camp established by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jun Sy and creative director Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. And the jam night held 4 May 2015 at Route 196 was held in celebration of their respective birthdays.
Elements music camp aims to develop more young and upcoming music talents and practitioners, as well as to give them an entirely unique artistic experience, with more than 20 mentors guiding 60 aspirants in over a five-day summit.
The latest workshop (so far) was held 9-13 November 2014 at Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
Visit elementsmusiccamp.com for more info.
P.S. Shoutouts to all the acts who performed during the evening. And also, thanks to Sean and Jack of Alasmedya for inviting me. Also, nice meeting to Japo Anareta of Paranoid City.