Friday, March 4, 2016

Recording: Pantayo

Artist: Pantayo

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Garrison (Wavelength Music Festival 16 – Night 3), February 14, 2016.

Pantayo - unknown

Wavelength's sixteenth anniversary festival was a little less adventurous than last year's sesquidecade spectacular. For the first time in recent memory, the festival settled into one home base for three nights (along with one daytime excursion off-site) and the programming eschewed retrospective turns for a future-focused weekend, daring audiences to invest in the musical here-and-now. The Sunday-night pre-holiday show is usually the most Wavelength-y of nights, but this time out it felt a bit like the hangover from the preceding Saturday night party. A little less energy and it felt as if the festival eased to a gentle halt rather than finishing with a flash — but there were still some musical gems on the way there. On the whole, another successful festival, and kudos are due to the Wavelength crew for their savvy curation and the efforts made at building a more gender-balanced, diverse festival.

The night's openers were my fave set of the evening. I've already heaped enough superlatives on this local kulintang crew, so I'll just let the music — with some cool with call-and-response riffs — speak here.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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