“In 1988, David Blair Stiffler risked life and limb to document under-recorded cultural groups living lives in extreme isolation in the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Luzon. His masters, originally intended for release on Folkways, were shelved when Stiffler returned home to news of Folkways founder Moses Asch’s death.”
From David Blair Stiffler, who recorded this album:
“Our journals and recording equipment were ultimately confiscated and stolen by the MNLF rebels. We escaped with a single cassette, the clothes on our back, and our lives.”
Wow, we know the great folklorist, Alan Lomax, risked his life, traveling through the segregated South, to record our country’s unexplored music. Now, Stiffler is showing us the next generation of musicologist who will go to the ends of the earth to bring the world new sounds we would have not heard.
Stream the ‘Music From The Mountain Provinces’ via Numero.