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By Aldus Santos
Fresh from successful shows featuring folkie balladeer Johnoy Danao in October; Cebuano indie hero Franco Reyes in November; as well as back-to-back performances by Barbie Almalbis and Kitchie Nadal dubbed as Eve’s Faire a mere week ago, Requiem Rising is mounting yet another show for the homesick Pinoy (and then some). This time, the spotlight will be on guitar-wielding singer-songwriter Julianne Tarroja (or, simply, Julianne), whose saccharine tunes, confident folk-tinged instrumentation, and imaginative arrangements (check out Grateful under MCA Music, for starters) have captured a modest but steadily growing of band of followers. Don’t take our word for it, though; if you’re in Singapore and have an ear for incredible new music, witness Julianne as she does what she does best at the BluJaz Café, Bali Lane, Singapore on December 8, 8PM. Contact 65.8468.7155 or 65.9725.1200, or e-mail this address, for reservations.
In line with its 25th anniversary, Manila Genesis Entertainment and Management assembles four promising and talented young artists, one seasoned performer, and the country’s Pop Princess as they mark Gary Valenciano’s 29th anniversary in the business in the ongoing smash hit concert series at the Music Museum titled Gary V: On Higher Ground. The series features Gary V at his very best with the support of son Paolo Valenciano who shares directorial chores with his father and four of the newest artists who recently joined the Manila Genesis family, Quest, Kim Jones, Julianne and ’80s OPM rock icon Juan Miguel Salvador of the band Authority.
Paolo recently joined ASAP 2012 as one of the show’s regular singers and is being launched in a new segment this week. Paolo is the frontman of the rock band Salamin and he also had an amazing eight-month gig as lead vocalist of Rivermaya. In On Higher Ground, the rocker is very hands-on behind the scenes as he co-directs the series with Gary V. The concert received a lot of positive reviews and the buzz about it is centered on the “video mapping” technique that they used.
Hip-hop and R&B singer/songwriter Quest, who won Myx’s Best Urban Music Video for 2010 opens the show with cuts from his album titled Revolution and introduces his newest single Sige Lang which will be included in his upcoming full-length studio album. Quest also wrote an introduction for Gary V which is one of the highlights of the series.
Julianne, whose voice is described by Gary’s musical director Mon Faustino as “pure,” opened for two of Gary’s previous concerts: Gary V at 23 in 2006 and Live at 25 in 2008. This year, Julianne is one of the main guests of Gary V where she performs her self-penned single Fly. The song will be included in her upcoming project Ashes To Beauty. Julianne is the only female artist to bag the Best New Female Recording Artist and Best Female Recording Artist of the Year awards in the 2008 Awit Awards because of her hit single Grateful.
Juan Miguel was the frontman of the legendary ’80s rock band Rage and is the musical director of the band Authority which represented the Philippines in the prestigious 2008 Battle of the Bands competition in London. Juan Miguel is the most seasoned of all of Gary’s guest artists in On Higher Ground and shows his expertise and mastery of his craft as a musician in every number as lead keyboardist of the series.
Sarah Geronimo and event-TV host (etc’s lifestyle show Etcetera) Kim Jones also have special participations in the show.
By Pamela Mendoza
JULIANNE TARROJA. In the region, the name is synonymous with the words gifted, inspiring, talented, beautiful, and amazing. A singer-songwriter whose music has already touched the lives of countless, bringing together people of different faiths and even different music, becoming a safe zone for artists and appreciators alike.
Her guitar playing is matched only by her singing and both are well above the rest. A classically-trained pianist, Julianne took that school of music and transferred it into guitar playing, making her style as unique as it is jaw dropping and flawless. She’s regarded as one of the best guitar players in the country and not going unnoticed, she is now an endorser of Maestro guitars, a brand from Singapore.
Of course, she'd be the type to just shrug it all off and disagree. That's what makes her cool. Hers is the area of humility and grace. Her music speaks and sings of higher meaning, better reasons, and the kind of positive messaging that our world and our time sorely needs. Hers is the locality of safety, of faith, of belief in a bigger purpose, a larger scheme. And it's infectious, mind you. Watching her play and listening to what she sings about really gets to you at her gigs, leaving you swaying along to the melodies or nodding your head to the groove.
She released her debut album “Grateful” a few years back and is currently recording her second album with plans to release it this year. I’ve had the privilege of listening to some of the tracks off of the second record and I can honestly say that I’m more than excited for it to be shared to the rest of the world. The guitar playing is phenomenal as always but it’s the songwriting this time around that’ll get you.
A more mature, wiser, more patient Julianne can be heard in the tunes and it’s a sobering thought that someone so good got better.
Julianne has very recently played around the Southeast Asian region and continues to do so, captivating and blessing the international audience with her gifts. She's also busy and back in the studio, recording a much-anticipated brand new release. To follow what Julianne is up to and to keep up to date with all that she’s doing, check out thisisjulianne.net
MUCH-awarded singer-songwriter Julianne returns victorious from Singapore’s famous alternative independent music festival, Baybeats 2011!
"It was both a blessing and a huge responsibility to be have been given this opportunity to represent our country through music," says Awit Awards’ Best Female and Best New Female Artist of 2009 of her Singapore experience.
As part of the Philippine delegation alongside Wolfgang and Turbogoth, Julianne took charge of the Chillout Stage at the Concourse of the Esplanade last August 21, strumming her way into the hearts of the sizeable audience turnout at the venue. Performing all original material including some of her favorite compositions like "Queen in Me," "Grateful," and her new single "Fly," Julianne proves she is a force to be reckoned with in lyricism and musicianship. Supported by her bassist, RJ Manese and her drummer Benjo Robles, this Philippine representative reminded the international audience that great music still exists. And through Julianne, music is definitely alive and well.
Julianne was featured in the benefit concert last Sept. 3 entitled "Symphonic Passion" by the Manila Symphony Orchestra at the Philam Life Theatre.
Currently she is busy promoting "Nowhere to Run" with Rivermaya, the official song for the Time Horizon Pictures/Star Cinema movie, "Thelma" which will show nationwide this September 7, 2011.
Julianne lives a dream as she performed her hit singles Grateful, Liwanag & her new single FLY at the Symphonic Passion concert, held at the Philam Life Theatre, UN Manila. The Orchestra was led by Maestro Regie Espiritu & composed of the Manila Symphonic Orchestra and the Lasallian Youth Orchestra.
Fellow performers during this event were Rivermaya (fronted by Paolo Valenciano) and Quest. This concert was also a benefit concert for the One La Salle Scholarship Foundation and Republikha.org!
SYMPHONIC PASSION is a very special collaborative concert that will spark interest and curiosity among the Filipino youth. This concert will showcase as well as combine various musical genres such as contemporary classical music, modern rock, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues. All of which, will be accompanied and interpreted by a symphony orchestra.
Featuring Reginald Espiritu as conductor, music arranger and composer as well as special performances by Quest, Julianne and Rivermaya. The celebrated Manila Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Lasallian Youth Orchestra (LYO) and the CYO Unit 26 Chorale will perform in joint concert with the special performers under the direction of Reginald Espiritu. The concert will also feature select compositions by Paulina Siapuatco and CORPS Foundation of the Philippine National Police.
Photo by: Ian Soliva
Check out these raves & reviews of Julianne's performance at the Chill Out Stage, Baybeats 2011
"Candles and flowers set around the stage make for an intimate setting as Filipino songstress Julianne strummed and sang to an enamoured crowd at the Concourse on Sunday night. Supported by her percussionist and bassist, Julianne’s voice soared through the vast hall, drawing the audience in like bees to a honeypot. " -Cathlin
"Julianne was one of the first acts to grace the third day of Baybeats 2011. Performing next to a Singaporean acoustic soloist at the Esplanade Concourse, she stunned the audiences of different nationalities with her acoustic jazz licks & soulful voice. It was sheer tremendous energy that kept bursting out from the Philippine artist that I almost dropped my gear while shuffling lenses." -Ian Soliva Read more...
Julianne first came on to the scene in 2007 as a solo singer/songwriter with her song Grateful from her album of the same title. I remember getting excited when I first listened to her. Her sound is a combination of acoustic pop, folk and soul. This makes her very easy to distinguish among most Filipino artists right now. There is just something sincere, clam, and grounded in her voice. When she sings, I just can’t help but trust her.
Julianne lends her voice to the Rivermaya song Nowhere to Run. The song gives off a very particular brand of sadness, a certain helplessness, the difference between letting go and letting be. I can’t help but think of a singular dandelion seed floating in the air knowing that it is going to fall on some isolated lake where it will be as good as forgotten. There’s the despair in the loneliness, and despair from hopelessness. The way Julianne sings Nowhere to Run not only captures the seemingly hopeless journey of the dandelion seed, but even goes to capture the moment when the dandelion seed makes ripples on the surface of the water until everything is silent again, silently forgotten.
Nowhere to Run is the theme song of the upcoming film Thelma directed by Paul Soriano. Maja Salvador takes on the title role as a young girl from the province whose family faces challenges when she discovers her exception gift of speed. Also, starring in the film are Tetchie Agbayani, John Arcilla, Eliza Pineda, and Sue Prado, with special participation by Jason Abalos and Elma Muros.