Barbie Almalbis honors animal rights advocate on new single “An AsPin’s Song”

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Ahead of her highly anticipated full-length album to be released next year, Filipina singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis has officially dropped a heartfelt tribute to her grandaunt Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco, or Tata, as she is fondly referred to. Entitled “ An AsPin’s Song ,” the track assumes the role of a beloved indigenous mixed-breed dog in the Philippines, which has nothing but utmost love and appreciation for the late animal rights supporter and activist. Having served The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for the entirety of her life, Tata was instrumental in empowering people for countless volunteer opportunities that involved rescue, protection and sheltering of strayed and abused animals. Barbie recalls, “Tata was a gifted musician and a champion for animals. She was the President of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, which she reorganized in 1986, after having been one of its youngest volunteers in the ’50s. I had always wanted to write the song she requested, bu

The Bob Aves Jazz Group Concert.

BOB AVES AND GROUP LAUNCH SECOND ALBUM.
By EVO JOEL CONTRIVIDA

IN-Demand  Music Director and arranger Bob Aves launch his second album entitled “Out of Tradition” by  Bob Aves Jazz Group in a soul shaking concert in PETA Theater last December 11. Tag as Philippine World Jazz, Bob and his group is known internationally for combining local indigenous musical instrument and infusing it to popular Jazz sound.






Out of Tradition album is under TAO Music, an all Filipino record label specializes in traditions and contemporary culture-based titles of Philippine Music in which Aves is one of its founder, among its artist is his wife, contemporary singer Grace Nono.
 
The Bob Aves Jazz Group is composed by indigenous percussionists Tusa Montes and Jazz Dufourt. Montes currently teach Philippine, Asian and Afro Latin Music at the UP College of Music and UST Conservatory, while 17 year old Dufourt is a Asian Music Major student in UP College of Music.  Other member is Dy Liacco for Saxophone, Keyboardist Nikko Rivera, Bassist Colby De La Calzada and drummer HaraldHuyssen.  Liacco is part of Parliament Syndicate band while De La Calzada is a favorite sessionist of Side A band and the APO Hiking Society.  Rivera is an endorser for Korg Philippines, a brand of keyboard, while Huyssen is a faculty at UST Jazz Studies Department and a Youtube sensation for his video drumming tutorials. The said group is notable in their performance abroad for different Jazz Festivals.

Out of Tradition concert is presented by PETA Theater Center and partly by OPM Contemporary singer Noel Cabangon.  The sophomore album of Aves group is available at TAO Music office in Quezon City, you can contact them at Telephone number 411-7535. 


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