OUR PASSION FOR WORLD-CLASS PERFORMANCES
Performing a love song, lullaby, or popular dance hit, Banda Kawayan Pilipinas has forged distinct and unique musical styles. With its ability to perform various musical genres combined with imaginative and lively choreography, the group has won the hearts of its audiences regardless of musical persuasions and inclinations.
Its repertoire consisting of more than one hundred songs and arrangements has been rendered to a profuse mix of faces and places.
From well-loved kundimans, folk songs and classical hymns to contemporary jazz pieces, pop songs, and all-time hits, the band plays them all with a punch and a distinct flair.
The band’s repertoire consists of a diverse array of local and foreign tunes. From classical pieces to popular music, from jazz hits to all time favorite ballroom dance tunes, the band caters to all music aficionados.
Their local tunes are a blend of well-loved musical pieces and contemporary songs. “Bahay Kubo”, for example, is a Tagalog folk song simply depicting, in a jolly melody, a rustic “nipa” hut with different crops planted around it. “Lolay”, a harana or serenade, reveals the romantic nature of Filipinos. “Lahat ng Araw (Silayan)” and “Dahil sa ‘Yo” are prime examples of another romantic musical form called the kundiman.
Also included in the group’s repertoire are lively regional folk songs that celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Philippine islands. Songs like “Pamulinawen” from the Ilocos region in the North, “Sarung Banggi” from the Bicol region in Southern Luzon, “Waray, Waray”, “Ay, Ay Kalisud” and “Dandansoy” from the Visayas islands and “Zamboanga” from the Mindanao region. Pop hits from notable Filipino artists, such as Gary Valenciano’s “’Di Na Natuto” and Ryan Cayabyab’s “Kailan” are among the many songs representing Original Pilipino Music (OPM).
Having been exposed to various cultures all over the world, the group likewise offers a wide selection of well-loved tunes. For instance, the band performs such songs as “Waltzing Matilda” from Australia, “Chisai Yaki” from Japan, “Mou Li Hua” from China, “O Sole Mio” from Italy, “La Paloma” from Spain. “Muss I Denn (Wooden Heart)” from Germany, “Kunbam Taryong” from South Korea among others.
The band also offers its unique interpretations of classical pieces like excerpts from Charles Gounod’s opera, “Faust” and the lively “Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka” from Johann Strauss. Jazz hits include Chuck Mangione’s “Feel so Good” and the classic “Take Five” from Dave Brubeck. There are the sought-after movie themes such as “Axel F” (Beverly Hills Cop). “(I’ve Had The) Time of My Life” (Dirty Dancing) and “I Will Always Love You” (The Bodyguard). Ballroom dance numbers include “In the Mood”, “Never On a Sunday” and “Mambo Jambo”. Marching tunes like “Radetzky March” and revered hymns such as “America the Beautiful” are also performed by the band.
To keep up with the times, the band continues to include popular tunes, Top 40 Hits and most requested songs in its ever-evolving repertoire.