FILIPINO artists paid tribute to Spanish musician Luis Eduardo Aute’s life, music and artistic legacy in a concert aptly titled “Manila Born: A Tribute to Aute.”
Instituto Cervantes (IC) de Manila, the cultural arm of the Embassy of Spain, organized the concert to mark Aute’s 80th birth anniversary last November 7. His legacy was brought to life with the screening of music-docu “Con tu Latido” and live renditions by Sheila Ferrer, Toma Cayabyab and his band “Debonair District.”
As an artist, IC said that the very fabric of Aute’s art resonates with this shared and unique experience of being Spanish and Filipino at the same time. This duality in his cultural identity was often displayed in the range of his creative work. His songs and poetry are often tinged by nostalgia, dislocation, and longingness which provide rich, evolved, and distinct narratives. IC director Javier Galvan confirmed that “his songs resonate with local audiences.”
For the part of the artists involved, Cayabyab commented that, “it is [an honor to be working on this show], because it was only through ‘Instituto’ that I got to know Aute. It is interesting to see that he grew up here in the Philippines, and that he had a chance to embrace and enjoy our culture.”
He shared about being honored to work with Galvan, who was deeply passionate about the project, and was highly eager to share Aute’s history and music with Filipinos: “I, along with my fellow musicians, also enjoyed performing his works.”
Born on September 13, 1943 and raised in Manila, Aute spent his formative years and attended De La Salle University for his studies before moving to Spain with his family in 1954. He would later become one of the icons of Spanish music in the second half of the 20th Century, whose music transcended even to Latin America. He released more than 30 albums.
In addition to his career, Aute was also an accomplished painter, sculptor, and film director. After a decline in health, he died in 2020 at the age of 76 in Madrid.