YOUNG PRIZEWINNERS CLOSE CATANDUANES MUSIC FEST APRIL 23
by Pablo A. Tariman
Tenor Nomher Nival and pianist Gabriel Allan Paguirigan will showcase their own brand of musical collaboration when they close the 2016 Catanduanes Summer Music Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Catanduanes Provincial Capitol lobby at 7 pm.
For one, Nival says he likes working with Paguirigan for one singular reason. “He is so open to things and learns songs fast. He is very musical and he is very easy to work with.”
Paguirigan goes beyond the essence of collaboration. “What I enjoy in the art of accompanying is the exchange of energy and exchange of musical thoughts in creating beautiful music. So when we play together, there’s me and the other artist exchanging positive energy and the audience. And that’s true with performing solo or with an orchestra. Because you must also communicate with the audience.”
The pianist says he has many things in his head every time he works with another artist. “I always remind myself to be sensitive whenever I collaborate. This is especially true with singers. With the singers, I’d hum their parts as well so I have an idea on the places they might breathe. It’s good to put oneself in the singer’s or instrumentalist’s shoes so I get a better view of what’s happening. Sometimes oversights do happen. Such as singers forgetting their lyrics, violinists missing their entrances. When this happens, it is important to be doubly alert and sensitive and be ready for the worst. As a collaborating pianist, I have to be brave and confident because the slightest lack of confidence can affect a performance.”
For this Virac concert, a piano tuner from Naga City, Nilo Lumabi, will come over to tune the upright piano of Mr. Freddie Alcala who lent the family piano for this concert. Those who want their upright pianos tuned, text or call 09065104270. He will arrive April 20 and leave for Naga City, April 24)
Both artists are top prizewinners of the National Music Competition for Young Artists and winners within their schools as well.
Nival got his first taste of foreign judges and audiences in the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition in Florida, USA. where he received the Tommy Steyer Encouragement Award. “That competitions made me realize the amount of work that I still need to put in to singing,” he points out.
The was also one of the 8 participants chosen from
Hundreds of applicants to participate at the prestigious Pacific Music Festival (PMF) held in Sapporo, Japan in 2012. That’s where he had the privilege to work with baritone Roberto Servile, soprano Marlis Petersen and perform with the PMF orchestra under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Fabio Luisi.
Of late, he stayed sometime in the London home of world-reknown Romanian diva Nelly Miricioiu where he received personalized lessons from correct posture, breathing and the like. “I also learned about body movements, how to sing stylisticaly based on muscle adjustments and many moe. I just need to imbibe new concepts and get used to new sensations and vocal exercises that I still need to work on before I can totally grasp and master them. I like Maestra Nelly’s instincts and intelligence. She can easily demonstrate what’s written in the books and apply it to her singing very clearly. I would say my learning process is still going on.”
The subject of teachers put the two young artists on the spot.
For Nival, studying with tenor Arthur Espiritu was a big refresher course. “I have learned earlier lessons that I have forgotten and his presence made me work on them again with fresh perspective.”
For him, a good teacher is one who can provide lessons based on the student’s personal needs. “Because every singer is different psychologically and anatomically.”
As for Pagurigan, his first lessons started at age 8 with Aimee Mina-Dela Cruz ( now the female percussionist of PPO) and later with Hannah Valdez-Sariego. At the Philippine High School for the Arts, he studied under Augusto Espino and later with the late Nita Abrogar Quinto at the UP College of Music. “ Prof. Nita Quinto was a very technical teacher. She knew how make a passage easier with tricks under her sleeves. She gave me wings to tackle the harder repertoire, and I am forever grateful to Prof. Quinto for that. With Prof. Luci, my teacher now, my playing became more refined and solid.”
And from the world-acclaimed Cecile Licad, he learned how to experiment new ways of interpreting. “For her, learning a piece doesn’t end when you can play all notes by heart. A piece one has been playing for years could still be transformed with new insights. What’s so impressive about Cecile Licad is that she can perform the same piece twice and still not sound the same.”
The April 23 Catanduanes performance of Nival and Paguirigan is sponsored by the Marem Pension House, the Catanduanes Provincial Government, Catanduanes Tribune, Silangan Trading, Tropang Turismo, Katandungan Travel and Tours and Sunwest Water and Electric Corporation (Suweco).
Tickets now available at the Marem Pension House reception lobby.
For inquiries, text 09065104270.