PILAR NEREIDA

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what would Jeff Buckley do

I am bound to infinitely stare at this blank note given by a former lover who refused to tell me the meaning of such clean and crisp white paper crumpled by my frustration to interpret its ghostly writing. Maybe Jeff Buckley will sing me the answer, but then again I can’t rely too much on a dead guy.. . The message just like Mr. Buckley passed away even before I’ve come to know of its existence. ‘Oh, and the sting shall cease’, i can hear thy lover say.. .

PiLar Nereida (01/08/2009)

***photo by Marie Chiong (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California)

KALAYO – uniquely Filipino World Music

Kalayo is a new ‘old’ band who has been in the Filipino music industry for as long as I can remember, they were formerly PINIKPIKAN, one of the best bands and probably the first to introduce world music to the country. And now known as Kalayo, they are still the same group of talented people who just won’t stop giving us great music, the band is Sammy Asuncion, Louie Talan, Boy Garrovillo, Budeths Casinto, DJ Rodriguez and Reli de Vera. Of all the band members, I’m only familiar with Sammy Asuncion since he’s practically an old soldier in the music industry and many great musicians have been under his apprenticeship, and of course there’s Louie Talan whose music I really got to follow being with Razorback, Kapatid and even his other projects like Loquy, Malaya and a lot more (he seems to be very in demand no?). So I got to see Kalayo play at the Outpost last 29th of March and it was well worth the wait since my friends and I arrived around 8:30pm and they only got to play after 12 or so but hey admission was free so no complaints here. Although we didn’t get to finish the show and left shortly after their first set nevertheless, we still got to listen to really good music.

chatting up with brother Louie, Louie,Louie.. .

Sammy and I

For more information about Kalayo like gigs or to just listen to their music, checkout their website here or like their page on Facebook. Also, watch the video of their first single ‘Lumaban Ka’ in their album Kalayo Malaya on Youtube. Enjoy! ;-)

Peace, Love & some RakEnRoll,

Pilar Nereida

***photos by El Torrefranca

old friend, new black & white photos

Almost 2 months after our Paper Flight exhibit and I just had to share with you my friend Mykee’s photo contributions, these are black and white photos that she took around different spots in Los Angeles, California (with the paper plane of course). Mykee is one of the closest if not the closest friend that I have in our group and even if she left after 6th grade to migrate to the US, we’ve always kept in touch all these years. We’ve always gotten along and agreed on most things if not all, and we’ve been happily swimming against the flow ever since – from one crazy head to another huh! Thank God for her almost yearly visits since 2005? When she comes to visit I’m almost assured that we’ll have more crazy misadventures and I only regret that we didn’t get to spend much time together when she came this year because I’ve been busy with this ‘higher education’ that I’m currently taking but the exhibit itself was already a really great time spent together. So back to the photos, I’m really proud of these shots that she took because first, I love black and white photos and second, she used a Holga 35BC camera and god knows how fond I am of Lomography (which I will dedicate a separate blog soon for that little hobby of mine since I myself is a proud owner of a Holga 120CFN, Diana F+ and Fisheye 2) and shooting with film is much more challenging for obvious reasons. I am no photography expert or critic but the raw look of the photos is just so appealing – you couldn’t get more unedited than that!

airplane x paperplane

Chinese dragon lion x paperplane

graffiti x paperplane

LA river x paperplane

random chair x paperplane

Chinatown x paperplane

graffiti x paperplane

city buildings x paperplane

my fave - random couch in street x paperplane

graffiti x paperplane

city streets x paperplane

stencil in sidewalk x paperplane

multiple exposures x paperplane

girls flying paperplane

my other fave - LA ducks x paperplane

It’s raddd to have a life partner-in-crime like Mykee, it’s true that only crazy people truly understand each other and I’m not afraid to go crazy especially with her! Cheers to more years together dearieee, can’t wait for your next visit.

Mykee & Pilar - coz we're cleva! ;-)

Peace, Love & RakEnRoll,

Pilar Nereida

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