WINDS AND JAZZ The CCP International Band Festival

July 26, 2016 - July 31, 2016




Cultural Center of the Philippines 



July 26 to 31, 2016

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)

CCP Silangan Hall

Harbour Square



For the first time, the CCP presents Winds and Jazz; an international music festival that combines the vibrant sounds and harmonies of the symphonic band and the sophisticated rhythms of jazz in a musical treat that is sure to appeal to various listeners and music enthusiasts.


The festival highlights various symphonic bands from around the country and abroad. It also features various styles of the jazz genre, including Asian ethnic fusion, as performed by local and international jazz figures and groups.


Aside from main evening concerts, pocket concerts and sunset concerts (in Harbor Square), what makes this festival more inviting and enjoyable to various audiences are collaborative components that include music workshops and masterclasses, trade shows and Band clinics and exchange. It also features instrument repair sessions.







Felix Peikli

Born in Oslo, Norway in 1990, Felix Peikli was introduced to music through the local marching band at the age of eight. He first appeared in the jam session at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2002, in the presence of Jazz greats such as Joe Lovano. He was invited back the next day as an official festival artist to perform at the Grand Hotel the Mirror Hall. Felix participated and won in various local and national contests and received numerous distinctions, rewards, and prizes in other competitions. Felix attended the renowned Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway and studied classical music with Fredrik Fors from 2004 to 2008. In 2005 Felix won the National Dream Prize on national television. As a result, he began performing extensively as a featured soloist and a bandleader after receiving massive publicity and recognition in national press.


Felix pursued his studies in music and attended Foss Music High School in 2006, the same year as he received an honorable and prestigious grant in the national television contest “Kjempesjansen” (the Grand Chance). Shortly after, Felix appeared at national as well as international festivals, international performances, concerts, and more. In 2007, he worked closely with renowned artists Jørn Hoel and Steinar Albrigsten and became the youngest recipient off the Capital of Norway Honors Prize. In the same year, Felix attended Berklee College of Music's Five Week program under a full tuition scholarship grant. Felix returned to Oslo in 2009 and toured Norway with his mentor and Berklee College of Music professor Harry Skoler, in honor of Benny Goodman’s centennial celebration. In 2010, Felix hosted his first international tour as a bandleader with his group “The Felix Peikli Quintet” and appeared at venues such as Oslo Jazzfestival, TV2, NRK1, Rica Victoria, among others. He returned the following year with his group “The Felix Peikli Quartet”.


When Felix moved to Boston in 2008 he had the opportunity to meet and perform with and for many of today’s leading figures in Jazz, such as Frank Tiberi, Harry Skoler, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, John Clayton, Eddie Gomez, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Ralph Peterson Jr., and many more. As the winner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist competition 2012 and as a part of the newly founded honors-program “Berklee Global Jazz Institute” (directed by world renowned Danilo Perez), Felix has had a chance to meet many amazing and wonderful musicians worldwide. In 2011, he toured with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute performing in New Orleans, LA, and Panama. As of 2011, Felix became the sideman in Ralph Peterson Jr.'s world-renowned Jazz quartet. Felix graduated Berklee college of Music in May of 2012 with a bachelor degree in Music Performance.


Felix has always cared about reaching out and helping other people trough music and have always volunteered to perform for people who need it the most. He performed monthly at a clinic for patients with amnesia. In his mission to help others through his music, Felix hosted a concert in 2007 in the relation of Harry Belafonte’s visit to Oslo, Norway, where all the income was given in support to people with AIDS in Africa through UNICEF and resulted in raising 5000 USD$ for that cause. Felix is a very accomplished artist, and he still aspires to reach new heights.


Jin Ta

Jin Ta joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flautist in 1998. He started learning music at the age of five, and studied flute under Zhu Tong De at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Keith Bryan and Leone Buyse. Following this, he pursued his graduate studies with Fenwick Smith at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 1997, Jin Ta studied as an artist diploma candidate with renowned American flutist Paula Robison.


Jin Ta has performed extensively throughout the Boston area and has won numerous national and international competitions. He was the first prize winner in the Boston Pappoutsakies Memorial Foundation Competition, the Memphis Young Artist Competition, and the 2000 Haifa International Flute Competition in Israel. He was also a prize winner at the Flute Talk Competition and the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.


The National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), Springfield Orchestra (Massachusetts), Shenzhen Symphony, Xiamen Symphony, US Capital Wind Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival (Japan) are just some of the orchestras and music festivals Jin Ta has performed with. An enthusiastic performer and educator, he has toured Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and held master classes at the Central Music Conservatory, Shanghai Music Conservatory and Shenzhen School of Fine Arts. In 2001, he toured the US with Israel's Haifa Chamber Orchestra and in September 2002, gave a series of recitals in Taiwan. Jin Ta has recorded the works of Fauré, Poulenc, and Ibert, among other composers, and can be heard on the Taiwanese label, NewArt.


Brando Tan Heng Pong

A multi-talented performer, Brando Tan Heng Pong is also a leader in music education and training, specialising in curriculum development and project management. He attended St. Patrick's School and St. Andrew's Junior College in Singapore.

As a performer, he has performed in such concerts as Variation II and III at Kallang Theatre (1991) and Alpha and Omega at Victoria Concert Hall (1992). In 1992, he was also invited by the Governor of Sarawak Malaysia for a music exchange program in the country. Brando became the Principal Bass Trombonist of the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band in 1996 and toured with the Singapore Navy in 1997 to South Africa, Seychelles and Kenya. He also won various major awards in such competitions as Western Australia Band Competition (1991), Singapore Youth Festival (1992 and 1994), Pacific Basin Music Festival in Honolulu Hawaii (1993 and 1995) and Singapore Youth Festival (1994).


Brando also achieved recognition and various awards as Band Director. He was the Band Director of Commonwealth Secondary School in 1998 and Assistant Band Director of Beatty Secondary School in 1999. He also served as conductor and organizer for various music festivals, musical workshops, band camps, school exchange programs and concerts. In 2004, he graduated with Specialist Diploma in Band Directing from National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Brando served as President of the Band Director’s Association of Singapore (BDAS) beginning 2007 and Advisor for “Beijing International Band Festival” in 2008. In 2009, he organised the Inaugural National Youth Winds Concert with Guest Conductor Jan Van der Roost.


In 2012, Mr. Pong served as Presidet of the 17th Asia Pacific Band Directors’ Association; the same year he served  as one of the committee members of the Flute Festival at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and as Music Director of Music Talent Development Centre (MTDC), a programme organized by Ministry of Education. His first Philippine performance was at the 1st CCP and Musicgear Manila Clarinet Festival in 2015.


Sean Tan Eng Huat

Sean Tan Eng Huat is a wind instrument specialist: retailer, repairer and performer. He has over 12 years in repair and retailing of woodwind, brasswind and percussion equipment, as well as over 28 years of experience performing in wind bands and clarinet ensembles. As a design engineer and repairer of wind instruments, he completely understands the inner workings of wind instruments. Having worked with many professional musicians, he is able to recommend the optimum set up for his clients and also advise on any matters pertaining to repair and warranty. Sean has also led teams in organizing several international festivals for woodwind instruments.


Sean studied from 1996 to 2000 at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and finished a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree with honors, specializing in design. He also obtained a Diploma in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Renton Technical College, USA (2013-2014).


He successfully organized and held the position of Chairman for Flute Festival 2010 @YSTCM, Flute Festival 2012 @ YSTCM and Singapore Woodwind Festival 2016 @ YSTCM. In 1997, 2001 and 20015, he represent Nanyang Technological University Symphonic Band at World Music Contest at Kerkrade (the Netherlands) and was awarded First Prize (Gold). In 2009 he also represented the Philharmonic Winds at the 40th Japan Band Clinic at Hamamatsu (Japan) and in 2011, he represented the Philharmonic Winds at WASBE Conference at Chia-yi City (Taiwan).


At present, Sean is the Director of Musicgear Pte Ltd, whose Manila branch opened in 2014. The company also set up of its Branch Office in Indonesia in 2015). Musicgear was awarded by Ministry of Education (MOE) a period contract (2011-1013 & 2013-2016) and by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) ments (2012) for supply of band instruments. As the Director and Master Repair Technician of Windworks (2004-2009); he set up a workshop that became the repair center of choice for many school bands and professional musicians.


Among the Awards/Certificates granted to Sean are:  Factory repair certification by Muramastu Flutes (Japan-2010), Factory repair certification by Buffet Crampon Clarinet (France-2006), Factory repair certification by Verne Q. Powell Flutes (USA-2006), Factory repair certification by Straubinger (2004).




With over 25 #1 radio singles and multiple Grammy nominations over the past 11 years as an artist, producer and mixing engineer, Darren Rahn has become urban jazz’s premiere sonic architect, the “go-to” guy for established genre greats and up and comers looking for their next sure-fire hit. Yet in signing with Woodward Avenue Records and recording his fifth album, the British Columbia born, Denver based saxophonist – who launched his solo career with Soulful in 2004 - is after something more meaningful than a few more instantly infectious smashes. The multi-talented performer’s desire to launch his second decade as an innovative powerhouse by creating music in his truest voice, straight from the heart, is perfectly in line with the label’s unique mission: to let artists make music authentic to themselves, beyond the trappings of formulas and strictly commercial considerations.


Rahn’s lifelong affinity for woodwinds started as a kid with the clarinet before he taught himself baritone sax to join his junior high jazz band. Rahn, who launched his career producing, engineering and mixing for local Denver area artists starting in the late 90s, began working with jazz bass great Wayman Tisdale after Rendezvous Music, an independent label co-owned by Dave Koz, showed interest in signing him. While the label couldn’t commit to adding Rahn to their roster, they were so impressed with his production that they offered to have helm a track for Tisdale, one of their top artists. In 2004, just as his own solo career was gaining steam, Rahn produced the bassist’s hit cover of “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”; it was in the pole position on the airplay charts for four weeks and stayed in the Top 10 for nearly eight months. His subsequent production work on Tisdale’s Way Up! project led him to earn one of his Grammy nominations; the others came from his contributions as a producer and/or mixer for three Dave Koz projects: Greatest Hits, Hello Tomorrow and Summer Horns.


Growing up on a farm in in a small British Columbia mountain town and later in San Diego, Rahn’s formative musical experiences – and the foundation of his later passion for jazz and other genres – came from playing gospel music. In addition to performing at his home churches, he toured around with his parents’ singing group. Throughout his journey, he played everything from traditional hymns to mainstream Southern gospel tunes. After playing jazz in both junior high and high school, he studied music as an undergraduate at Adams State University, then earned his master’s and part of his Doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in classical saxophone and jazz pedagogy. Settling in Denver, Rahn by 1997 was self-employed as a freelance producer, writing his own material on the side as he worked towards his eventual emergence as a solo artist.


Festival Schedule




Ticket Price: P300 & 200

Festival Pass: P600


20% discount for Senior Citizen and PWD

50% for Students

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