Meraki: Maidens of Sound at BGC’s Arts in the City
When in Manila, support your own and love lokal. Last April 13, Psymatic Productions staged Meraki: Maidens of Sound, a send-off celebration gig for US-based Filipina artists, Low Leaf and June Marieezy.
Meraki (may-rah-kee) is a Greek term which means acting upon with your soul, creativity or love. It is when you put fragments of yourself into your craft or service. With their raw talent and passion for music with a seemingly transcendental vibe, the two muses of soulful harmony undoubtedly embody meraki.
The event was a fluctuation and frenzy of upbeat sounds and melancholic music. The solid line-up created a well-rounded show that combined a myriad of genres from electro, jazz, hiphop, ska, and psychedelic pop.
Electrifying and downright catchy, Similar Objects busted out beat after beat, trippy and fun enough to dance around to.
The Meraki crowd enjoyed a heady shot of sexy-cool jazz and groovy music from Chocolate Grass with their flair for show drawing the audience in one song after another.
In between sets, everyone gathered around percussion group Barangay Slur in the outdoor grounds.
With a little bit of everything mixed in from hiphop, rock, jazz, and ska, People’s Future knows a thing or two in delighting their audience. The varying and contrasting genres infused into their music made for quite an entertaining set.
Hypnotic and alluring, June Marieezy gave a performance that entranced with her eclectic NU soul and R&B vibe, and a beautiful and powerful voice to boot. Showcasing her grace and talent as a dancer, she also gave a mesmerizing performance, flowing and moving to smooth cosmic sounds.
With her mad skills on the harp, her raw talent on the piano, and her subtle voice, Low Leaf combined different sounds and beats to create a unified musical performance that enchanted audience members. Low Leaf sang her hits June Gloom, As One, and Smthng Abt You.
Meraki: Move to the Beats of the Art and Soul
The Arts in the City venue in Bonifacio Global City during the Meraki event was a melting pot of varying cultural goings-on. Meraki was a unique celebration through and through of music, arts, local artisan crafts, and cultural performances.
Supporting and championing local microenterprises, the Meraki event had a mini bazaar of sorts at the venue. A myriad of thingamajigs were bought and sold, from hand-made crafts such as accessories and dream catchers, to old school treasures like vinyl records and prints.
Other products available were clay pipes, paintings, eco-friendly lanterns, and bags.
In the spirit of cultivating the local and arts scene, Psymatic Productions featured local artists at the Meraki event with art works from Michael Saldana, Ku Romilio, Toff Zapanta and Eleanor Giron.
Psymatic Productions hopes to alleviate the usual artistic and musical experience in every production and event they hold. Aiming to create an experience that transcends your mind and soul, they interweave different art forms, all in the name of higher human consiousness and support of independent artists.
Dive into your consciousness and embrace the cosmic energy around you. Listening to the bands and artists featured in the Meraki event may well help inspire your soul-searching journey.
Some of the artists that were featured at Meraki: Maidens of Sound also performed at this year’s Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. Read about the Malasimbo 2014 experience here.
Photos by Jelvin Base and Psymatic Productions.