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Dave Eggar and The Brooklyn-Manila Project

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

Music brings people together. And in tough times like these, we're reminded of how powerful music is to soothe the soul. It also reminded us of The Brooklyn-Manila Project, a special production of ours that we're incredibly proud to have been a part of.

Search for Filipino Sounds

In search of a new sound to bring people together, multi-award-winning cellist and composer and our dear friend Dave Eggar reached out to us to search for Filipino artists he can make music with.

We searched far and wide. From music halls and recording studios to the hills of Bukidnon, we left no stone unturned.

It was a way to explore the full spectrum of Filipino music. Artists such as Waway Saway of the Talaandig tribe, Coke Bolipaya, Nyco Maca, Cynthia Alexander, Radioactive Sago Project, and other artists shared their unique sounds with Dave to contribute to this fresh arrangement of western and Filipino music.

Letting the World Listen

Not only did this collaboration make some noise in the Philippine scene, but it also culminated in a performance at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Dave Eggar’s passion to create what he calls “extreme classical crossover” exhibited how innovative and creative Filipino music is. The spirit of being fearless is what tied Eggar’s music to ours.

Everyone's since moved on with their own lives and careers. Dave's still honing his craft with his music career in New York and just released his latest album: Awakening. Listen to a teaser of it here:

But if this project provided us with any lessons, it was that the music we created was memorable but the friends we made were unforgettable.

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