national artist ryan cayabyab

Ryan Cayabyab 
National Artist for Music (2018)
Birthday: 4 May 1954

Mr. C is the most accomplished composer, arranger, and musical director in the Philippine music industry since this bloomed beginning 1970s. His learned, skillful, and versatile musical style spans a wide range of genres: from conservatory or art compositions such as concert religious music, symphonic work, art song, opera, and concerto to mainstream popular idioms in the music industry and in live contemporary multimedia shows (musical theater, dance, and film). Being very visible in the national media (once a TV host of a long-running arts and culture series and recently a judge in reality TV singing competitions), Cayabyab is a household name. His compositions reflect a perspective of music that extols the exuberance of life and human happiness, thus capturing the very essence of our Filipino soul.

Notable Works:

  • Rama-Hari (Two-act musical ballet, 1980)
  • Katy! The Musical (Two-act musical, 1988)
  • Smokey Mountain (Pop CD album, 1990)
  • One Christmas (Christmas Album, 1993)
  • Noli Me Tangere (Tele-sine musical, 1995)
  • Spoliarium (Three-act opera, 2003)
  • Ignacio Of Loyola (Film Score, 2016)
  • Larawan: The Musical (Full-length musical film, 2017)
  • Da Coconut Nut
  • Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika
  • Nais Ko
  • Paraiso
  • Kahit Ika’y Panaginip Lang
  • Kailan
  • Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka

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