Things from the East and West don’t usually go together. That does not mean though, that it cannot be done. One good example is the duo of Aki and Kuniko – two musical artists who’ve married two very distinct kinds of music. Aki plays the classic guitar, which we all know and love, while Kuniko plays the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.
The resulting harmony is one of a kind. Aki and Kuniko’s music has sort of an eclectic pop-slash-classical-slash-exotic tune that is quite jarring and oddly comforting at the same time. In the same way that there are things that you need to see or taste or read yourself so you can truly experience them, it’s really one of those things that transcend words.
I am grateful to the Japan Foundation for letting me shoot this one of a kind event, and I hope they’ll bring more artists like these to the Philippines so that we may see the richness of the culture of other countries, which will hopefully fuel the fire of our collective efforts to keep our own native and diverse culture alive as well.
And without further ado, here are more photos from Aki and Kuniko’s performance, held at the Abelardo Hall of the UP College Of Music.