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UP Kontra Gapi’s 2013 European Tour well received; German leg most hectic


The Kontra-Gapi performance in Geneva, Switzerland last May. Photos courtesy of Bong Malabonga/Kontra-Gapi.

(June 18)—UP Kontra-Gapi’s 2013 European Tour is almost halfway through, but already the group has scored achievements in spite of grueling schedules, the latest of which was in Darmstadt, Germany.

Kontra-Gapi’s 2013 European Tour saw the group conducting concerts, music and dance workshops and lectures in five European countries: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Artistic Director and founder Prof. Edru Abraham in an email said since May 4, the group “has had 42 engagements in 45 days including concerts, music and/or dance workshops and two academic lectures.” All events were free of charge.  

Following the group’s two successful performances before a Swiss audience at the University of Bern and at Calvinhaus in Berne, Switzerland in May, UP Kontra-Gapi mounted 10 shows in Darmstadt, Germany on June 14.


The Kontra-Gapi performance in Geneva,
Switzerland last May. Photos courtesy of Bong
Malabonga/Kontra-Gapi.

The Darmstadt shows, by far the tour’s most hectic schedule had UP Kontra-Gapi conducting two shows, four workshops in a middle school, three 20-minute performances in a mall, and a full evening concert in a span of 12 hours, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Abraham also said Kontra-Gapi will be participating in the Salland Festival in Raalte, The Netherlands, “our first folk fest on tour.”

The International Folkloristic Salland Festival takes place every year in June in Raalte, where groups from all over the world show their special culture.

UP Kontra-Gapi or UP Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino, the resident ethnic music and dance ensemble of the UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters embarked on their 2013 European Tour this May with Paris, France as its first leg.  They will fly back to Manila end of July.—MDJ