RP saxophonist help flood victims

Leading Philippine saxophone quartet Saxophoro played at a charity show Thursday evening ahead of the Java Jazz Festival to benefit flood victims through the Gawad Kalinga foundation.

The special benefit show was held at William Wongso’s Cafe Artistik in South Jakarta, with proceeds donated to Gawad Kalinga to provide assistance for flood victims in the Dumpit and Joglo slum areas in West Jakarta.

Featuring a uniquely Filipino-style jazz, Saxophoro, established in 2000, is made up of Jan Carlo Salon (tenor), Joey De Guzman (alto/tenor), Paul Tadeo (soprano/alto/tenor) and Roxanne Modesto (baritone), the only female member of the group.

The players are students from the University of the Philippines’ (UP) Conservatory of Music, and Saxophoro has gained renown for creating provocative and inspiring jazz music.

De Guzman, commenting on the group’s participation in the global jazz scene, said: “I want to get a feel for jazz, internationally and locally, and give back what jazz has given to me.”

Coming fresh from the Philippine International Jazz & Ethnic Music Festival, held in February in Manila, Saxophoro was set to play a midnight gig on opening night at Java Jazz, introducing compositions from their self-titled first album.

Saxophoro contains original pieces written by Mike Gueverra, a member of the UP music conservatory and the leader of the group, and is due to be released this year.

The group has played at a number of international jazz festivals, including the Jewel Mer French Jazz Festival 2004. — JP

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