The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology


Exhibit duration: 26 September to 3 December 2017
Opening reception: 26 September, Tuesday, 4:30 pm
Artist talk: 7 October, Saturday, 3pm
Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery)



The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is proud to be a part of the 100th birth anniversary of National Artist for Music Jose Maceda. Co-presented with the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology (UPCE), the centennial celebration in CCP will include the exhibition Attitude of the Mind at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and a special re-staging of Maceda’s 1971 piece, Cassettes 100. The exhibit will have its opening reception at 4:30pm on 26 September. It will be followed by the Cassettes 100 performance at the Main Theater Lobby at 6pm.


Attitude of the Mind is curated by Dayang Yraola, whose ‘course of action,’ is to make available Maceda knowledge and materials to a different set of users - to people who are not sharing his same expertise, and to marvel where this could all bring us.” Artists were commissioned to create artworks specifically for this exhibit. Curator Ricky Francisco will construct an archival installation that will introduce the life and works of Maceda. Artist Leo Abaya will create an audio-visual installation. Ringo Bunoan’s installation art will reconstruct the aftermath of Maceda’s Cassettes 100 performance at the CCP seen through photographs by Nathaniel Gutierrez. A robotic music installation, on the other hand, will be Tad Ermitaño’s contribution. Experimental musicians Malek Lopez and Arvin Nogueras will create a digital rendition of Maceda’s unpremiered composition Accordion and Mandolin, to be exhibited with a composition analysis by Prof. Chris Brown.


José Montserrat Maceda, composer, artist, scholar, philosopher, and pedagogue, was born in Manila in January 31, 1917. Pursuing the career path early on as a concert pianist, Maceda trained under the renowned Franco-Swedish pianist Alfred Cortot in Paris in the 1930s. Later, however, he would turn away from western art music to become the country’s first ethnomusicologist as well as pioneering experimental composer. A multi-awarded scholar and artist, among the honors and titles he received was the conferment as National Artist for Music in 1998.


Attitude of the Mind will be open from 26 September until 3 December 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd Pasay City. The exhibit may be viewed daily from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505 and (632) 8323702, mobile (0917) 6033809, email, or visit