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Udlot Udlot

May 4 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm

A Roundhouse partnership with Western Front

Call for Participants: Udlot Udlot

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Image captions: José Maceda, Udlot Udlot at the University of the Philippines, 1975. Courtesy of the UP Center for Ethnomusicology.

Western Front and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre invites community members to learn and perform José Maceda’s composition Udlot Udlot. The call is aimed at anyone interested in music and does not require knowledge of music theory. Those who register will have the option to choose between vocals and percussion, and will receive instruments and instruction. The process will involve two rehearsals across two consecutive Saturdays, culminating in a public performance of 100 – 150 participants at George Wainborn Park, Vancouver.

How to Participate
If you would like to participate, please register your name here.
For group bookings of 10 or more people, please contact
Registration is open until April 20, 2024, or until all positions are filled.

Day 1: Rehearsal
Saturday, Apr 27, 2024
11am– 4pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Beginning with an introduction to Maceda and Udlot Udlot, participants will be divided into three groups to learn and rehearse the piece. Musical instruments and a catered lunch will be provided.

Day 2: Rehearsal and Performance
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre / George Wainborn Park

Participants will meet at the Roundhouse before gathering at George Wainborn Park for rehearsals. A public performance will take place at 4pm.

About José Maceda and Udlot Uldot

José Maceda (1917–2004) was a Filipino composer, pianist, and musicologist recognized for bridging his fieldwork on traditional Filipino music with techniques of European avant-garde music. His work uniquely fuses cutting-edge compositional techniques such as spatialization, attention to timbre, and musique concrète with traditional Asian instruments, rhythms, and structures.

Udlot Udlot is a 40-minute composition for 30 up to 1,000 performers. Composed for simple traditional bamboo instruments, wooden percussion sticks, and voices, the work was designed so performers without musical expertise could equally participate. Modelled on tropical rain forest rituals and ceremonies, Udlot Udlot implies a fundamental connection between human activities and nature, and explores how drone, colour, and melody come together as independent elements in performance. Udlot Udlot was first performed in 1975 by 800 students at the University of the Philippines, and has since been presented internationally and recognized as a key work with Maceda’s career and the canon of avant-garde performance.

About Western Front

Western Front is a non-profit artist-run centre. We support a multidisciplinary program that provides opportunities to artists working across music, media art, visual art, performance, and literature to create and present work. Through commissions, exhibitions, performances, concerts, publishing, residencies, and workshops, Western Front promotes public exchange at a local, national and international level. We also preserve and provide access to an ever-growing audio-visual archive that documents the organization’s history of artistic programming and production. More information at westernfront.ca

About the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
The Roundhouse is unique among Vancouver Parks Board community centres as the only designated arts and recreation centre.  A key part of our commitment to community cultural development is supporting projects that focus on fostering creative communities and that promote diversity, innovation, collaboration and community engagement. More information at roundhouse.ca

How to Register

Registering for a program is as simple as:

  1. Create your Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation account.
  2. Click the ‘Register Now’ button in the Roundhouse Program you want to register for. This will take you to the program page on the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation website.
  3. Complete your registration, including payment.

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