Interview with Joel Quizon, Director of The Cotabato Sessions

Joel Quizon, Director of The Cotabato Sessions

Good friend and DJ partner on the past Raket & Rambol performance, has a cool project coming out called “The Cotabato Sessions.”

Joel is the director of the project and is working with world renowned composer / percussion, Susie Ibarra.

The Cotabato Sessions is a full length music album and 30 minute short music film that features the music legacy of one family, the Kalanduyans, in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines.

Joel stopped by Super Astig HQ last Sunday (2/9) and we chatted about working with Susie Ibarra, shooting in Cotabato City and documenting indigenous Philippine music.

Take a listen below:

Part 1 – From Fan to Collaborator, Joel explains how he got involved with the project. (4:11)

Part 2 – Shooting in Cotabato City and Form Follows Function (5:40)

Part 3 – Documenting Music versus Staging Music (4:27)

Part 4 – What is the value of this film to Filipino-Americans? (4:30)

To donate funds to The Cotabato Sessions, check out their Kickstarter page:

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Form Follows Function

Susie Ibarra

Download the full interview with Joel Quizon here:

Dead Man’s Party on a Saturday Night

With my regular Saturday night DJ gig canceled at the last minute, I find myself and a few friends at the Buccaneer Bar in the city of Sierra Madre on the outskirts of LA County.

Dead Man's Party

At the bar, there was a three piece band, playing mostly covers of the Beatles and Led Zepplin. Quite extraordinarily well, I might add. Later on I learn the musicians are seasoned session players that tour with arena packing classic rock acts.

After a few rounds of Pabst Blue Ribbon (from a tap), we hear the guitarist announce they’ll be playing a cover from the bassist’s old band, who just happen to be the bassist of Oingo Boingo.

Check out this version of “Dead Man’s Party”

If you don’t recognize the song, here’s the official music video.

Bet you didn’t know Iron Man and Rodney Dangerfield were in a movie together.

Now you know.

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