Events: Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Cristina Maria P. Cayabyab

September 13, 2018

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with CHED-Salikha's Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAPC)—will host a lecture by Cristina Maria P. Cayabyab. The lecture—titled “Session Musicians: The Creative Collective of 1970s Pinoy Pop Music” is on Sept. 24, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.

About the lecture

This research highlights the session musician as a collaborative producer and mediator of the Pinoy pop sound of the period, using Antoine Hennion’s concept of the creative collective in music-making. The years being studied are from 1973 to the early 1980s, which have been considered by media conglomerates and other sources as the “Golden Age of Philippine Popular Music.” To understand the socioeconomic context of the Filipino session musician’s culture in the 1970s, these elite support personnel and key individuals that contributed to the music recording industry of the period were interviewed; musicians’ recordings were transcribed and analyzed; and cultural policies, media organizations of the period, and technological developments were documented and examined. This data, in turn, demonstrates the pop music industry’s transformative ideology of promoting an urban Fiipino identity. 

About the lecturer

Cristina Maria P. Cayabyab is a part time lecturer at the Musicology Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music. She finished her Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she also received her Master’s degree in Musicology in 2018. She has composed and arranged music for stage plays, recordings and various events. She is a singer and the music director of the female vocal trio, Baihana, which performs new arrangements based on the vocal harmonies of the 1940s-50s jazz and bebop styles. She is interested in popular and contemporary music studies, music in theater, cultural studies, and music education. She is a voice teacher at the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab.

About Kritika Kultura

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate), Scopus, EBSCO, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit or email

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