PRESS AND PHOTO RELEASES 2012
“Act of Congress” Rock Band Brings Acoustic Melodies to the Philippines
Manila, September 12, 2012 -- The U.S. Embassy in Manila, the American Music Abroad program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Association of American Voices bring acoustic rock band Act of Congress to Manila from September 11-16. Band members Adam Wright (Guitar/Mandolin), Chris Griffin (Guitar), Tim Carroll (Bass) and Bethany Borg (Vocals/Fiddle) will be doing a series of public performances, jam sessions and workshops with young musicians during their one week tour in Manila.
The Philippine tour of Act of Congress is jointly implemented by the U.S. Embassy and the Cultural Center of the Philippines and local partner organizations which include the Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation of Bulacan, The Podium, 70s Bistro and the National Parks Development Committee.
Act of Congress (http://www.actofcongressmusic.com/) hails from Birmingham, Alabama. The band performs both original music and classic favorite cover songs, such as "Take On Me" by A-Ha and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
American Music Abroad is a people-to-people exchange that features a wide variety of American musical genres through international cultural exchange initiatives that will reach more than 40 countries around the world during 2012 and 2013. American Music Abroad builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy, which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools – in this case music – to bring people together and foster greater understanding. It also builds on the historic legacy of the Department of State’s Jazz Ambassadors, who first traveled the world in the 1950s to connect with people through music.