The 2015 Festival-Conference of The Asian Composers’ League (ACL) will present concerts, lectures, conference, and workshops linking new music and nature under the theme of Likha-Likas: Reconfiguring Music, Nature, and Myth on November 6-11, 2015.

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The Asian Composers’ League is an international organization of composers, music practitioners, and music enthusiasts. Member nations include the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pacific islands like New Zealand, Australia and Western Asian nations like Turkey and Israel. Various independent composers not affiliated with a national chapter also hold ACL memberships. 18 years have passed since the Philippines hosted the International Festival and Conference of the Asian Composers’ League (ACL).

The 33rd Festival coincides with the integration of ASEAN, music from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will enjoy greater visibility than in previous festivals.  

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, November 7, 2015:

9:00 AM: Workshop-Demo by renowned composer Chinary Ung;   Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

1:00 PM: Concerts of Art Songs, Ethno-Pop & Electronic Music;  Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

3:30 PM: Workshop by  Taiwanese electronic music  composer Yu Chung Tseng; Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

7:30 PM: Young Composers Prize (Competition); Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines

*Workshops on the music of Thailand and Cambodia will be held at Centro Escolar University led by Koji Nakano, Maria Christine Muyco & Sophy Keo. Featured Cambodian group: “The Tray So”.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

1:00 PM: Young Composers Forum;  CCP Little Theatre

2:30 PM: Composition Workshop led by Dr. Jonas Baes;  CCP Little Theatre

4:30 PM: Traditional Music Concert featuring music from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand; Little Theatre, Cultural Center of the Philippines

8:00 PM: Concert of Orchestral Works by Asian Composers, Josefino Chino Toledo, conductor. CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo

*The Opening Ceremonies is invitational. Other events will also be held at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music.           

This international event is made possible through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines,  the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), the Japan Foundation Asia Center, The University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology, UP Office of International Linkages, UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, the College of St. Benilde and its Department of Sound Design and Arts, and Centro Escolar University (CEU).

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