Reinventing Expressive Traditions: Reflections on the Legacy of Ramon P. Santos

26 August 2021

18:00 - 19:30 hrs (GMT+7)
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In celebration of Professor Ramon P. Santos’ 80th birthday, we are extremely pleased to announce the online premiere of the documentary film ‘TINIG-TUNOG-AN: The Life and Work of Ramon Pagayon Santos’. This feature film covers the exceptional journey of Dr. Santos as one of the most prolific and innovative composers in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

During this introductory online discussion, Ramon Santos and his guests will engage in an exploration of the multifaceted oeuvre of the National Artist. The focus will be primarily on aspects of his work that combine Western and non-Western sounds, taking inspiration from local ethnic musical systems and modes of thinking to shape the fabric of a unique modern musical language.

Ramon Santos is a prolific ethnomusicologist who has written extensively about the Philippines as well as the cultures of Southeast Asia. His research process has greatly informed the evolution of his rich compositional output.