Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz | May Laya

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May Laya

by Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz

Kundiman is a genre that started in the late 1800’s as a reaction to the Spanish colonization of the islands for 333 years. The melodies are typically folk tunes with Western style accompaniments. They are about love, war, an idyllic past, and longing for things that may never be reached. It is the inevitable result of cultures clashing and coming together. It is a snapshot of history, of beauty from struggle.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kundiman
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
2:57 album only
2. Bayan Ko
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
2:59 album only
3. Dahil Sa Iyo
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
4:34 album only
4. Maalaala Mo Kaya
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
3:16 album only
5. Nasaan Ka Irog
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
5:10 album only
6. Sa Kabukiran
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
2:24 album only
7. Ang Aking Bayan
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
4:56 album only
8. Mutya Ng Pasig
Leslie Damaso & Jason Kutz
4:20 album only
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Album Notes
The Philippine art song genre, kundiman (which in Tagalog means “if it were not so”) was written in the late 1800’s through the mid 1900’s as a reaction to the Spanish occupation of 333 years. It was later used as propaganda during the American and Japanese occupations and during the time of the People Power Revolution when Ferdinand Marcos was president.

In the past couple of years, I have felt this intense longing to explore my roots and to define what home means to me. Though I am an American citizen, how is it that I’m also Filipino? How do I make sense of the baggage of instability, the effects of war, corruption, colonization, politics, and religion from the country where I was born? Like many immigrants, it was and it is so much easier to assimilate.

For people like me who are part of the diaspora, the question of identity or home is challenging to define. Along the way you find little pieces like these songs, you encounter people and places that comfort and inspire and you create this unique collage which makes a home that you never imagined you could have.



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Ed Glaser

Beautiful and heartfelt.
Really terrific. The minimalism of the production — piano and soprano — emphasizes the vocals and their emotion without overwhelming with superfluous instrumentation. This is ideal, as the songs have such strong folk roots and historical and social weight.