Feliz Anne Reyes Macahis
Feliz Anne R. Macahis (b. 1987) is a Philippine-born composer whose works have been performed in the U.S.A., Canada, Argentina, France, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, in composition from the University of the Philippines in 2009, and recently graduated with a Master of Music from the University of Memphis. Her primary teachers were Kamran Ince, Jonas Baes, and Josefino Toledo.
Her music has been performed by the Philippine Vocal Ensemble, Chambre d'écoute, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Selisih, Luna Nova, TICF Trio, Metro Manila Community Orchestra, Auit Vocal Chamber Ensemble, Manila Chamber Singers, and the University of Memphis Contemporary Chamber Players.
Ms. Macahis's works have been featured in the ACL-Philippines' 1st Contemporary Choral Festival, IKOTOKI PARA Sound Exhibit, Ars Nova Choele Choel 2013, Tempus Fugit 2013, Experimental Thai Music and Dance Concert, 20/20 Foresight, Double Vision, International Choral Kathaumixw, Manila Composers Lab, Etchings Festival, Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival, Duong Dai Festival, MMCO: Music Underkonstruction, Thailand International Composition Festival Competition, Koro Filipino Launching Series, and the Asian Composers League Contemporary Music Festival.
Ms. Macahis is the Executive Director of the Manila Composers Lab 2013/14. She is a senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Music.
(by the composer herself)
Tálâ for solo piano attempts to appropriate the repetitive structure in Philip Glass' music while also taking into consideration the sounscape of the composer's cultural heritage. It's very interesting how the word Tálâ means in different culture- It could represent a traditional rhythmic pattern; it could refer to 'gold,' and thus manifests shimmer and brilliance; it's a poetic Filipino word for Bright star; and it also represents the goddess of the morning star.