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Concert launches documentary music

November 9, 2009

Barclay Martin performs with the Sampaguita Choir
Barclay Martin performs with the Sampaguita Choir at a concert
launching music from the upcoming CFCA documentary.

Kansas City — based musician Barclay Martin introduced songs from CFCA’s upcoming documentary “Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music” to a crowd of nearly 1,000 at a free concert Sunday evening.

The concert, held at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall auditorium, was the first public performance of the songs and marked the launch of the Zamboanga CD. 

The presentation consisted of an amalgam of Martin’s music, clips from the film, and traditional Filipino dances by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe. The mellifluous voices of the Sampaguita Choir accompanied several of Martin’s numbers. Martin is music director/composer for the film. His music was inspired by his travels to the Philippines for the filming.

Martin’s music was enhanced by his talented musicians: Mark Lowrey on keyboards, Giuliano Mingucci on drums, Rick Willoughby on bass and backup vocalists Shay Estes, Vi Tran and Erin McGrane. Martin performed all 10 songs from the CD plus the playful, upbeat bonus number, “One by One,” an audience favorite.

An eclectic mix of CFCA sponsors, Martin fans, members of Kansas City’s Filipino community and other guests were moved by the rich production, artfully stitched together with visuals by Quixotic Fusion, a local multimedia production company.

“It was wonderful,” said Allison Williams of Kansas City, a Martin fan. “I liked all the songs, but my favorite was ‘One by One.’”

“Outstanding,” said Kansas City resident and Martin supporter Lilly Marcot. “I cried at the end.”

Doris Edmonds, a CFCA sponsor for 27 years, attended with her husband, Dick. The couple sponsors three children in the Philippines.

“I just can’t wait to see the documentary,” Edmonds said.

After the concert, Martin chatted with fans as he autographed CDs.

“The concert had a wonderful positivity,” Martin said. “I’m grateful for the many gifted friends who contributed to the production, and I want to personally thank anyone who took the time to come.”

Scheduled to be released in 2010, the film documents the journey of a group of teenagers living with the challenges of poverty in a volatile region of the Philippines. The teenagers are recipients of CFCA scholarships.

With the help of Martin and Filipino folk musicians, the teens learn the music traditions of their culture and end up as the headlining act for a five-hour music festival on the edge of the Philippine jungle.

During the concert, the audience viewed a film clip of Rex, one of the teens featured in the film. Rex’s youthful energy and humor come through as he introduces the camera to his family and modest home.

The dance numbers performed during the concert showcased some of the traditional Filipino instruments featured in the film, such as the kulingtangan and the agong.

Proceeds from the CD and other contributions raised $5,170 for the CFCA Scholarship Program, which provides tuition and financial support for students to attend high school, vocational school or college. Students must maintain satisfactory grades and participate in service to their communities to be eligible.

CDs may be ordered through our website. Updates on the documentary and future related events are communicated through the Zamboanga monthly eNews. Subscribe here.

CFCA thanks the Bank of Kansas City, Martech, Quixotic Fusion and the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City for their support of the event.

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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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