The Modern Playground
The Modern Playground, a 5-piece Jazz band from Quezon City, Philippines that brings back the sounds of contemporary Jazz in an effort to spread the word to a younger and wider audience.
From swing to bebop, from an “even” feel to fusion, the band takes Jazz as an experimental substance wherein a jazz standard gets refashioned using a whole new perspective. The band takes tunes from legendary musicians such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Bill Evans and transforms them into a new sound with influences from Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Robert Glasper, Hiromi Uehara and Snarky Puppy.
The Modern Playground’s core was founded by pianist Juni Sitaca, currently doing a residence at The Peninsula Manila. He is a student of pianist Lyndon Aguilar (featured in Downbeat Magazine’s September 2005 issue) and, Tots Tolentino, a legendary saxophonist in the Philippines who has recorded for numerous pop artists in the country and is a member of the band, Asian Jazz All-Stars, formed by Singaporean pianist, Jeremy Monteiro. Also in the band are Tim Dadivas on drums, Josh Tulagan on bass, Faye Yupano on vocals and Kenneth Castillo on guitar.
The Modern Playground is currently working on their debut album featuring jazz standards, original compositions on their next album, and a Christmas album.
This April they will be releasing their first music video entitled “It’s All Right With Me.”
As the winner of the Boy Katindig Jazz Competition 2016, they are representing the Philippines in their first international performance at the World Youth Jazz Festival 2016.