‘For Leolanda’ was created during the lockdown in Melbourne 2020. Listening to and making music was healing and I’m very grateful I was able to create during that time.
Most of the pieces are inspired by listening to Kulintang music of the Philippines; some of the compositional techniques are applied to the combination of synthesizer, percussion, tape loops, and drum kit.
The name ‘In Pan-as’ refers to my grandfather’s farm in Pilar that my mum regularly played at. The drum kit part is adapted from a rhythm I heard on a beautiful album ‘Muranao Kakolintang – Philippine Gong Music’. The initial inspiration for this track struck me after a conversation on the phone with my mum, during which, out of the blue, she requested I spread her ashes on the farm Pan-as after she passed.
I realised I would never really know how that would feel until it happened, and I wondered what kind of ritual I would perform to help me celebrate the life of one of the dearest people to me. I thought that perhaps dancing to rhythms similar to this one would feel right.
The track ‘Mansaka’ was inspired by the Mansaka tribe in Compostela Valley, I fell in love with the music I heard from them. The piece developed into something entirely different, something that felt like me. Being a drummer, I usually compose from the drum kit as a starting point, but this album was an attempt at composing on the synthesizer and harmonically matching the overtones from singing bowls, bowed cymbals, and bells.