For a super busy girl like me, attending concerts is probably the last thing I'll do however, recently I got invited in a Saxophone Concert, and I'm like "REALLY?" So basically out of curiosity, I freed up my Thursday evening, cancelled all my social meetings to attend "S.I.L.A. Saxophone Idols Live in Action" at the Music Museum.



Historical. Breathtaking. World-class.



 The saxophone was developed back in the 1800 and it was amazing that after more than 200 years, people never stopped playing this instrument. A saxophone concert is an intriguing thing for a non-musician like me, which is why I didn't hesitate when I got the invite. S.I.L.A. Saxophone Idols Live in Action is actually a first time in the history of music, and I am so glad I was there to witness every single memory as it unfolds. It was some sort of a reunion from former teachers to students doing a duet on stage. The evening started with a press conference and you can really see how interested people are because they (including me and my naturally inquisitive self) can't stop asking questions.


The concert was literally and figuratively breathtaking! I loved how every saxophonist shared the music that they love. You know what's also amazing? Everyone on stage was having a really really great time! It's astounding how one instrument can unite people of all generations. They played songs from different genres and we basically danced to every beat. Like I said earlier, I rarely have the time to do social-blogger events, so it was also a great opportunity for me to mingle with my co-bloggers and connect with them. 

It highlighted world-class talents like Josh Espinosa, a saxophone virtuoso and Eat Bulaga's Saxophone Hero Grand Champion. He is also the saxophonist of Martin Nievera, Gary V, and other famous artists.

Archie Lacorte, a faculty member of UST Conservatpry of Music, has performed in International Jazz Festivals across Asia. He played for international artists like Stephen Bishop, Peter Cetera of Chicago, and recently for John Ford Coley.


Marc Vincent A.K.A. Sax Serenade, the rising YouTube sensation famous for his sax covers including IV of Spades' Mundo and Moira Dela Torre's Tagpuan that garnered hundreds of thousands of views.


Also performing with them, Nix Lontoc, Kimwell Bunag, Christian Chiu, Jon Bautista, Enchong Formoso, Genrick Generoso, Julio Medina, Raul Banzon, Michael Guevarra, and of course the producer of the show, Jaybe Javelosa.



 

Aside from the saxophonists who showcased their skills, Anna Ramsey and the indie local band Sud also rocked the Music Museum. Fortunately for us, the band stayed after the concert so we got to hang with them even for a short time.




It was indeed an insightful evening for someone like me who loves music yet knows nothing about the saxophone industry. I hope Jaybe Javelosa and others will produce more concerts like this so a lot of people can recognize their work and appreciate their passion.


*Photos by EJ Sanchez and Ronniel Nuniez