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The many faces of Kate Torralba – Manila bulletin



After music and fashion, cinema is his new passion

MODERN PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSIC Kate Torralba as Lidi Makbet, the Visayan embodiment of Lady Macbeth

There’s a new manager in the neighborhood: musician and fashion designer Kate Torralba! We were invited to review the Mowelfund Film Institute’s Master Class in Film Director “recital” under the direction of Jose Javier Reyes last month and were surprised to see the Little Piano Princess of the Philippines perform and direct her short film. , Kulba, a suspenseful doppelganger.

Her life as a touring musician was cut short due to the global pandemic. She has lost loved ones to COVID-19. “In my family alone, 17 people have contracted the virus,” she admits. Depression arrived, but luckily her art saved her. “I’m honestly surprised at how much creative I am doing,” says the former piano prodigy. The post-pandemic creative renaissance is something Kate looks forward to in the coming months. “We have a lot of pent-up energy inside – imagine the colors, the music, the movies, the art that comes with it! “

An instant authority in music and fashion, Kate believes that in screenwriting and directing she has limited experience. But learning never stops for her even at the height of confinement. “As I’m always thirsty to learn, I managed to get scholarships that kept me busy throughout the pandemic,” she volunteered. She applied to Ricky Lee’s first online screenplay writing workshop, took music theory lessons with her mentor, National Music Artist Ryan Cayabyab, and took Cherie Gil’s acting master class. .

Kate started her creative journey in music, then drawing, turned to fashion and now film. “I really love beautiful things and I love doing beautiful and meaningful things,” Cebuana says. “I had a non-linear journey as an artist, but everything makes sense to me now – cinema is all these different mediums. I don’t think I’ve ever been so prolific in my artistic life, a silver lining of the pandemic. “

The former front of alternative pop-rock group Hard Candy isn’t returning to styling anytime soon. “I never considered going back, but maybe through costume design for a movie or a limited edition collaboration,” she says.

Demands for her clothes keep coming from interested customers. “Nakakatuwa (warming)”, radiates the Drunk with your love singer. She is tagged in the return posts of her clients wearing her designs. “I swear if I had a good business partner to run the show for me I would go back, but it’s a really tough and demanding business,” she says, the San Miguel’s first singer of the year. Cebu Music Awards. “Only those who are fashionable know how unglamorous it is! “

DRAWN IN KATE Robert Alejandro illustration by Kate Torralba

His first album, Long overdue was released in 2013. Does it offer a new repertoire after acclaimed performances in Bangkok, Singapore, Paris, Berlin, London, among others? “I was about to record my long awaited second album Moods in Berlin last year, ”she says. “It was all sorted out, but Germany declared the lockdown and we had to cancel just the night before we started recording. But his distinctive music thrives. Long lost, “Freefall” is gaining popularity thanks to her good friend, Ellen Adarna, who played it during her engagement. “Apparently it became sort of a theme song as she and Derek Ramsey got to know each other – it’s a song about taking a leap and falling in love.”

As an artist who works internationally, I always feel a huge urge to see how governments abroad like France, South Korea, Norway and New Zealand defend and support their artists.

A song almost forgotten two decades ago can take on new life unexpectedly. “It’s the sound of young KT, who also plays the terrible violin,” she squeaks. “I was channeling Andrea Corr and was cheeky enough to record!” Nostalgic and gentle, he portrays the multi-talented artist during his youth. “I think that’s the beauty of art, whether it’s music, cinema or any other medium,” she adds. “It captures who the artist is at that moment, at that moment.”

RETROSPECTIVE MUSIC Kate Torralba’s Long Delay Album

Recently, his music concerts include Visayas Filipino Music Festival Stage with Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas and Project Yazz. He was also featured in the Pinoy Jam Paris show. “Thanks to the virtual performance, I was able to perform in two countries this festival! She exclaims. The songwriter also played Lidi Makbet, the Visayan embodiment of Lady Macbeth for Khavn de la Cruz. Makbetamaximus Theater of Destruction.

Today, what keeps her busy is being the founder and creative director of a transcontinental artists’ initiative called Pandemic Pop-up. “I put it in place at the height of the pandemic to foster community and mutual support among my artist friends around the world,” she says. “As an artist who works internationally, I always feel a huge urge to envy when I see how foreign governments like France, South Korea, Norway and New Zealand defend and support their artists. . “

She is pushing for the Philippines Creative Industries Act (House Bill No. 8101) to recognize the potential of our country’s creative economy. “The Philippines is brimming with talent, it’s mind-boggling, but the lack of infrastructure and support hinders the greatest success we could have as a creative economy,” she says.

The aspiring director also stars in her shorts and we asked her if she aspires to be the next Angelina Jolie, Woody Allen, or Clint Eastwood from artists turned directors. “I only act in my short films by default. There is no one else to shoot at the moment! she laughs.