Harana is a traditional form of courtship in the Philippines in which a man woos a woman by singing underneath her window at night. Although this is universal, it was widely practiced in old Philippines with a set of protocols, a code of conduct, and a specific style of music.
In this endeavor, the most trusted instrument is the guitar where its intimate sound complements the Spanish-influenced songs, not to mention the breezy and quiet air of a tropical night.
While the practice of harana has died, this recording arranged for and performed on solo classical guitar, preserves the music of a long-gone era of men unafraid to express their feelings through a serenade.
To listen to the music, go to: www.artofharana.com