Maman – Maxine Syjuco and Jack of None – Philippines

This is the first track from the band’s forthcoming EP, “The Purpose of the Moon” by Jack of None.

“The Purpose of the Moon” is a collection of 7 very personal tracks that are meant to explore the 7 stages of grief — from denial to acceptance. It is the band’s first collection of music since 2017’s EP “The Tattle Tale Heart”, which was awarded “Best EP – Eclectic” in the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards in New York City (March 2018).

All tracks were written and recorded during lockdown — between the months of May and August 2020. Like all of their previous releases, the EP is the product of online collaboration from 2 separate locations — Manila, Philippines (Maxine and Julian) and Chicago IL, USA (A.G.).

MAXINE SYJUCO is a poet and visual artist from Manila, Philippines. She is the youngest daughter of artists Cesare Syjuco and Jean Marie Syjuco.

Working mainly with photography, digital collage, painting and installation art, her work “possesses an intimate, philosophical, and often twisted voice in storytelling. Manipulating faces, unveiling poignant surrealities, and probing into abandoned rooms of the subconscious, Maxine authors dark, thought-provoking introspections of the human condition and its fragility — conjuring a netherworld where ghostly images exist neither here nor there.”

Her first book of poetry, “A Secret Life,” was published in 2008 and received critical acclaim. Her poems have been translated into Polish and French, and have seen print in several international anthologies including the Asia Literary Review, The Poet’s Guild Quarterly, Chopin with Cherries, and the 2011 Rhino International Poetry Anthology.

Maxine’s exhibits and poetry-performances have taken place in venues as varied as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Tokiwa Museum of Japan, the Hangaram Museum of Korea, the Art Takes Miami Exhibition in the U.S.A., and others.

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