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CFCA launches music from documentary film

October 6, 2009

Zamboanga CD release party

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Christian Foundation for Children and Aging is strengthening the human connection between Kansas City and the Philippines through music.

CFCA will host a concert of music by Kansas City musician Barclay Martin. Curtain time is 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, on the campus of Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.

The evening will offer a collection of music and visuals, inspired by the CFCA documentary film, “Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music,” and will include film clips and exotic instruments from the Philippines.

At the heart of the concert is the collection of songs Martin wrote as a companion to the upcoming documentary, scheduled for release in 2010. The music was written during Martin’s travels in the Philippines for the documentary, and some of the songs are featured in the film.

“The CD is a collection of stories,” Martin said. “Each of the songs was inspired by the gracious people I met, all of whom became my teachers along the journey.”

Barclay Martin Ensemble will perform the songs. Also, the Sampaguita Choir and Sinag-Tala Dance Group of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City will introduce traditional Filipino dance and instruments. 

“The concert is CFCA’s first step in introducing the film to the world audience,” Paul Pearce, CFCA director of international programs, said. “We hope that the songs and the film serve as an inspiration for all those working for positive change and unity in our world today.”

The film documents the lives of 13 CFCA scholar students in the Philippines, depicting their experience as they learn to play traditional Filipino instruments. The journey leads to the film’s climax where the teens are the headlining act at a concert on the edge of a jungle, performing for about 10,000 people from communities served by CFCA.

Pearce said that education is a pivotal way families create a path out of poverty. CFCA supports this effort and offers scholarships for high school, college and vocational training. CDs will be available at the concert, and on the film’s Web site starting the next day. Donations for the CD benefit the CFCA Scholarship Fund.

Admission is free, however, seating is limited. Please call the Yardley Hall box office at (913) 469-4445 to make reservations.

The concert is being sponsored in part by Bank of Kansas City.

To find out more about “Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music,” please visit www.zamboangathemovie.com.

WHO: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging
WHAT: CD release concert 
WHEN: 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009
WHERE: Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.
ADMISSION: Free with reservations. Call Yardley Hall box office at (913) 469-4445.

Zamboanga CD

Music CD supporting scholarships

With a suggested donation of $10 to the Unbound Scholarship Fund, you will receive a CD with 10 songs from the Unbound Rise and Dream documentary written and performed by Barclay Martin. Your donation will support the scholarship program, which helps students pursue higher education. Learn more »
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