NewTLROn a quiet Sunday, the sun set with rain pouring to welcome the very first installment of The Listening Room Sessions at Qube Gallery. With the #shhhhpolicy in full implementation, the audience was encouraged to listen with intent. Stripped down and unplugged, Mother Folker (Cattski Espina), Wonggoys, Ryan Lawrence, Kurt Ebarita, and Vincent Eco opened up and shared a part of themselves to friends and strangers in an intimate gathering of music and stories.

Mother Folker, Cattski Espina, opened the show and sang a few songs that she had never sung in public before – one of which brought her to tears.

CATTSKI a.k.a. "Mother Folker"

CATTSKI a.k.a. “Mother Folker”

The Wonggoys came next, debuting 6 fresh tunes, giving us a preview of their upcoming sophomore album. That’s definitely something to look out for.

Wonggoys:  The Wong brothers are back

Wonggoys: The Wong brothers are back

 

Ryan Lawrence shared his gratitude for being a part of the music community in Cebu, having only lived here for about a year now.

Ryan Lawrence

Ryan Lawrence

 

Kurt Ebarita expressed his thoughts on his personal experiences with relationships, both successful and not, through his cheeky demeanor and relatable lyrics.

Kurt Ebarita

Kurt Ebarita

 

Singing about love’s woes and victories – mostly woes, actually – Vincent Eco proves once again that songwriting is a gift. With a distinct sound all his own, Eco can easily capture a crowd with melodies and lyrics that come from a place of depth and raw emotion.

Vincent Eco:  Armed with words

Vincent Eco: Armed with words

 

For one night, Qube Gallery became a space full of unspoken secrets sung in metaphors and anecdotes. Needless to say, it was the perfect way to kick off 2016 for 22 Tango Records. We hope you join us for the next Listening Room Sessions as we look forward to another intimate rendezvous with music. ‘Til then!

 

Blog by  Micah Almazan

Photos by Nina Alcoseba

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