Malasimbo celebrates years of music and arts

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2020 10:34 PM

Volume Unit Entertainment is on a mission to continue uplifting the Filipino music and arts scene as it is set to stage Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival February 29 to March 1 at the La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.

Discovering paradise in the city

Malasimbo has continually opened up to a diverse community of performers, artists, bands and music lovers, elevating the local festival experience in the country. Now, it has found a bigger home in the lush rainforest in the middle of the metro. 

The La Mesa Eco Park has over one million trees and various species of flora and fauna. It is also situated beside the La Mesa Dam and Reservoir.

Unearthing activities for everyone

Malasimbo is bringing in various family-oriented programs in the park. To connect with your inner self, different art and wellness programs can be attended at the Narra Groove Pavilion. 

Explore music inspirations and its healing effects using various resonant tools and musical instruments. Find freedom and connection in mind and body by cultivating curiosity, compassion, and empathy. 

For sunrise and sunset sessions, breathe in creative energy through meditation, yoga, dance, and journaling meant for energizing or winding down. Family activities such as karting, archery, basketball shootout, a butterfly heaven & more are on offer at La Mesa Ecopark.

Reach the different areas in the park with ease using solar-powered vehicles around the park during the festival itself.

Under the shade of a hundred trees, a music business conference is slated to happen at the Drilon Orchidarium where artists from the music industry together with music lovers have the chance to exchange conversations. The same area will also hold the silent disco stage in the evening with bright festival lights beaming at the trees.

Acoustics

With La Mesa Eco Park’s amphitheater, Malasimbo is set to produce quality sound as attendees discover this paradise in the city. 

“[La Mesa Eco Park’s amphitheater] has ideal outdoor acoustics and reflects the same conditions of our last amphitheater. Sound travels in time and space at 343m/sec. It’s a science which if neglected compromises the quality of the experience for the performers and the audience,” founder and festival director Miro Grgic says.

Joining Malasimbo are Melbourne hit-maker Laneous, Canadian keyboardist Anomalie, Colombian jazz pianist Jesus Molina Quartet, Uncomfortable Science, and Intergalactix. Local music artists include Brigada, Yosha, Kadangyan, Marga Jayy, Project Yazz, Talata ni Tala, Malana, and Tago Jazz Collective.

Alongside these artists, Malasimbo also brings in DJs with The Reflex, David de Barce, Squid 9, Kristian Hernandez, Abdel Aziz, Edge Pamute, Marvelous, Norris King, Gian Romano, Salamangka, Vapors, Luh Masheen, Mafia, Up Dharma Down’s Ean Mayor, She’s Only Sixteen’s Roberto Seña spinning as St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Deej Fabian spinning as Someguy, Bass Relief, Norris King, Put3ska’s Bing Austria, Rei Ka, DJ duo Bignay Sound System, and Jigga Who.

Creating conversations with industry professionals

For this year’s music business conference, notable international music business executives will be discussing critical topics about the evolving knowledge of how the music industry works.

Keynote speakers for the music business conference include Rolling Stones tour manager Sam Cutler together with Quincy Jones MGMT, Jacob Collier MGMT, FKJ MGMT, Warner Music, and Filscap.

“Since we live in the streaming age, some revenue streams aren’t significant anymore. It’s important to equip local musicians with the knowledge to understand how to sustain themselves in the music industry,” Miro said.

Saving the Last Green Space

Over the past years, Malasimbo has been contributing strong efforts to cultural and environmental conservation through mangrove planting, reforestation, beach clean-up projects, and support to indigenous people’s livelihood.

This year, Malasimbo is looking towards one of the last few forested areas in Metro Manila as a place to bring in local and international performers and artists while raising cultural and environmental awareness through continuous listening, creating, and discovering the Malasimbo music and arts scene. 

Ten percent of tickets sold will be donated to Bantay Kalikasan, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s environmental arm. 

Tickets for Malasimbo 2020 vary on the date release schedules. From Jan. 1 onwards, two-day passes are at (P8,000) and one day pass is at (P4,500). 

For updates about the event, follow Malasimbo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and its webiste.

This story is part of a partnership between Malasimbo organizer Volume Unit Entertainment and ABS-CBN News.