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Music From The Mountain Provinces

Recorded in the Philippines by David Blair Stiffler

In 1988, David Blair Stiffler risked life and limb to document under-recorded cultural groups living lives of extreme isolation in the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Luzon. These are the fruits of that expedition.

In the grand tradition of the ethnographic recordings that made up the majority of Folkways’ vast and significant catalog comes Music from the Mountain Provinces. By the mid-1980s, David Blair Stiffler was already a most-decorated recordist, with eight Folkways LPs under his belt. These are among the most obscure documents in the entire Folkways catalog. Although the works of Jose Maceda and Nicole Revel heavily documented much of the Philippines' countryside inhabitants with a thorough and sober effort protracted over the decades, Stiffler brought his own panache into the equation, capturing gorgeous and revelatory moments from some of the archipelago's least visited regions. Even without the harrowing tale of himself and his crew being taken hostage, contained within is a rare aural experience. These masters, originally intended for release on Folkways, were shelved when Stiffler returned home to news of founder Moses Asch’s death.

  • LP

    1 150g LP
    1 tip-on single LP jacket
    1 4-panel 8.5" x 11" folded LP insert
    1 Numero catalog
    1 download coupon

Track List

  1. David Blair Stiffler Badjao or Yakan Gong
  2. David Blair Stiffler Bamboo Zither
  3. David Blair Stiffler Rice Winnowing Song
  4. David Blair Stiffler Bamboo Zither II
  5. David Blair Stiffler Violin
  6. David Blair Stiffler Bamboo Zither III
  7. David Blair Stiffler Nose Flute
  8. David Blair Stiffler Throat Singing
  9. David Blair Stiffler Group Singing with Gongs
  10. David Blair Stiffler Plucked Bamboo Zither
  11. David Blair Stiffler Lullaby
  12. David Blair Stiffler Whistling