RAPPLER: "Philippine-born composer bags The American Prize in Composition 2019
News article from RAPPLER:
RESULTS ARE IN!!! "Mangá Pakalagián/Ceremonies" (Nilo Alcala) is 2018-2019 The American Prize WINNER in Composition (Professional Choral Division, Major Works Category)! I am very honored!
Special thanks to the LA Master Chorale, Artistic Director Grant Gershon, and then LAMC President/CEO Terry Knowles for commissioning this piece in 2015!
Friends in Los Angeles, don't miss the chance to hear this work as the LA Master Chorale presents a reprise performance next season, May 17, 2020! (Thanks to Meastro Gershon, as well as Jean Davidson, current LAMC President & CEO)
Truly grateful for this! Thank you, God!
The American Prize: celebrating American excellence in the arts, more info: http://bit.ly/2FP17hT
LA Master Chorale concert info: https://lamasterchorale.org/alice-parker
Acknowledgements as well to the following ensembles for the audio excerpts in this video:
II. Papedsalámat - Ateneo Chamber Singers (Jonathan Velasco)
III. Sagayán - Philippine Madrigal Singers (Mark Anthony Carpio)
Remembering too the late kulintang master, Danongan Danny Kalanduyanwho performed with us during the world premiere in 2015.
About MANGÁ PAKALAGIÁN:
Commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale for its "Made in LA" concert in 2015, MANGÁ PAKALAGIÁN (Ceremonies) is a multi movement suite for choir and kulintang ensemble that takes inspiration from the Maguindanao people of Southern Philippines and how they use traditional music to punctuate or celebrate events in the community, thus elevating these events into a ceremony.
The kulintang is the foremost traditional percussion ensemble in Maguindanao and is a set of graduated metallic gongs which plays the melody. Kulintang also refers to the traditional repertoire as well as the whole percussion ensemble itself. The Maguindanaons play a specific traditional kulintang piece for every occasion, ritual, or ceremony. Featured in Manga Pakalagian are three of these ceremonies, with actual traditional kulintang music as preludes.
The world premiere on November 15, 2015 at the Disney Concert Hall featured the LA Master Chorale (Grant Gershon, Artistic Director) together with the late master kulintang artist Danongan Danny Kalanduyan with his group SUBLA on the kulitang ensemble.
Announcement from THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
COPLAND HOUSE: We are excited to congratulate two recent Residents on accolades announced just this week. NILO ALCALA (seen at the workdesk in Copland's studio during his 2016 Residency) has won the 2019 American Prize in Composition (in the Major Choral Works category) for his Mangá Pakalagián/Ceremonies. 2nd Place went to 2017 Resident LANSING McCLOSKEY for his Zealot Canticles, which had earlier this year won a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.