Tausug/ Sulu Achievers:
TAUSUG GABBANG PLAYERS OFF FOR THE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN FRANCE
“ Feathers not just for the tausug cap but for the Filipinos cap as well”, this is how Jainab Abdulmajid, Provincial Tourism Officer of Sulu describe the invitation from Le Baroque Nomade, a French Orchestra, to the Tausug Gabbang players to perform in the French Music Festival on October 5, 2008.
The said Gabbang players are the only foreign performers set to perform in the prestigious music festival which is an annual activity of the French government.
It was sometime in 2005 when Sulu Gabbang players performed in the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music upon invitation from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) when the French through Musicologist David Irving got acquainted with the players. Irving played with the Gabbang players, he on the flute accompanying the gabbang. Irving contacted NCCA and the latter contacted Jainab Abdulmajid.
Last March 16-18, 2008 in Manila, Le Baroque Nomade headed by its conductor Jean Christopphe Frisch met with the Tausug Gabbang players and conducted rehearsals and tapings with the said group.
Baroque Nomade conductor Frisch rehearsing with gabbang players
Le Baroque Nomade conductor Frisch rehearsing with gabbang players
The expenses in the Manila rehearsals as well as to the music festival in France in October will be shouldered by the musical orchestra.
with Musicologist Irving in Manila, March 2008
Meeting with Musicologist Irving in Manila, March 2008