Karl Ramirez

Karl Ramirez

 Quezon City, National Capital Region, PHL
BandRockEDM

Karl Ramirez is a musician, songwriter, filmmaker, and social activist.

Biography

He is currently a member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP), and the multi-awarded multimedia organization Kodao Productions. His advocacies include the protection of human rights and the environment.

His song Convergence won the grand prize in Net-25’s 2010 songwriting competition. He was also selected as a participant in the 1st Elements National Songwriting Camp held by Ryan Cayabyab’s 7101 Music Nation.

"Ramirez was introduced to music at a very young age. His mother, Divina, gave him piano lessons every after Sunday school, while his father, Mon, a licensed and topnotch engineer and creator of Arkibong Bayan, taught him how to play the guitar. He self-studied the violin when he was in high school. 'The skills I learned through the years of learning those three instruments helped a lot when I started arranging music,' Ramirez said.

It was in 1998, while studying in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, when Ramirez first tried his hand at musical arrangement, mostly musical scores for independently produced film and documentaries. 'At that time, even if production was already computer-based, the recorded output was crude and uneven, with a lot of hisses and hums,' said Ramirez. During his stay in UP Diliman, Ramirez became an active member of Ibalon and Agham-Youth. Ramirez’s early works can be found in his online portfolio.

In 2001, Ramirez further improved his craft when he joined BicolXPress , a progressive and independent audiovisual organization in Bicol. “Being immersed with the oppressed and exploited, it became a necessity to do research on cheap, more efficient and convenient means of producing and recording music scores,” Ramirez said. In 2006, Ramirez produced the musical score for BicolXPress’s human rights movie Hustisya! , an instrumental renditon of Tambisan sa Sining’s 'Awit ng Pag-asa.'

It was only in 2009, that Ramirez started writing and performing his own songs. One of his first musical creations, 'Alagaan ang Kalikasan (Caring for the Environment),' became the official theme for the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center’s segment in Radyo Veritas aired every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Ramirez later produced musical arrangements and accompaniments for the progressive stage musical Makata’y Mandirigma, Mandirigma’y Makata , which he said is a fusion pop and rock orchestra."
-- from Makibaka: Music Inspired by the Struggle for Change Ayi Muallam / Bulatlat.com

Lyrics

Free

Written By: Karl Ramirez

When what they make you want
is not what you need
And then they bind your life
to an order they fuel with greed
And so with whatever you do they
force you to work in their system
But you know it never is too late
to realize you're a victim

Be free
Today lets make that stand
Come and do this with me hand in hand
And be free
Its the freedom to create
Free to share and educate
A mind to nurture and liberate

When what they make you want
is not what you need
And then they bind your life
to an order they fuel with greed
And so with whatever you do they
force you to work in their system
But you know it never is too late
to realize you're a victim

Be free
Today lets make that stand
Come and do this with me hand in hand
And be free
Its the freedom to create
Free to share and educate
A mind to nurture so don't hesitate
To be free
Today lets make that stand
Come and do this with me hand in hand
And be free
Its the freedom to create
Free to share and educate
A mind to nurture and liberate

Discography

He released digitally in November 2010 his first album Makibaka! Rakenrol Tungong Pagbabago (Struggle! Rock ‘n Roll Towards Change) www.makibakathealbum.com, an independently produced and digitally published 7-track rock ‘n roll album for and about the people’s struggle for meaningful change. Two songs, Desap (December 2010) and Panata sa Bayan (January 2011), also independently produced were released shortly after.

Albums

* Makibaka! Rakenrol Tungong Pagbabago (Struggle! Rock ‘n Roll Towards Change)

Singles

* "Panata sa Bayan"
* "Desap"

List of Works and CollaborationsEdit List of Works and Collaborations sectionEdit

Songwriter, Arranger and Performer

1. Panata sa Bayan (2011)
2. Desap (2010)
3. Makibaka – Performed with Tony Palis on lead and Walkie Mirana on second vocals (2010)
4. Makabayan, Palaban – Campaign song for Satur Ocampo’s senatorial bid (2010)
5. Viewfinder – Kodao Productions’ video ID original soundtrack (2010)
6. Nagbabalita – Bulatlat.com’s live webcast ID original soundtrack (2010)
7. Makata’y Mandirigma – Original theme for the trailer of the Makata’y Mandirigma DVD (2010)

Arranger and Performer

1. Balang Araw – Written by Dreamworker Too (2010)
2. Oyayi – Music written by Dreamworker Too based on a poem by Leoncio Bagani (2010)
3. Kapit-Bisig sa Pagbabago – Written by Dreamworker Too and performed jointly with Walkie Mirana (2010)

Sound Engineer and Producer

1. Free the 43 – Written by Carl Lopez and performed by Aki Merced and Renato Reyes (2010)
2. Desaparecido – A violin rendition performed by Jonathan for the musical Mrs. B (2010)

Songwriter, Arranger and Performer – Tagapagtanggol ng Bayan, a song project commissioned by the National Union of People’s Lawyers, 2010

Songwriter, Arranger and Performer – Convergence, an entry to Net25 Rock the Beat’s songwriting competition held in 2010. The entry won the grand prize and is now the official theme of Net25’s premier Information Technology show Convergence.

Director, Cinematographer and Editor – Helping People, Help Themselves”, a short thematic video project commissioned by the Citizens Disaster Response Center, 2010

Arranger and Performer – Sali Na, Bayan, a song project commissioned by Kodao Productions to be the official theme of the radio program Sali Na, Bayan! airing at DZUP 1602 khz from Monday to Friday. Written by Flon Faurillo. 2010

Musical Arrangement – 8 song segments in the musical “Makata’y Mandrigima, Mandirigma’y Makata” a Filpino musical staged at the UP Diliman Theater, November 30, 2009. Written by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera and Palanca awardee Edward Perez. Directed by Rommel Linatoc. Musical direction by Rica Palis.

Melody and Arrangement – Awit ni Laya, a song in the musical “Makata’y Mandirigma” written by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera and Palanca awardee Edward Perez. Directed by Rommel Linatoc. Musical direction by Rica Palis, 2009

Writer, Arranger and Performer – Alagaan ang Kalikasan, a song project commissioned by the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center for their segment in a weekly radio program in Radyo Veritas, 2009

Director, Cinematographer and Editor – Forging Empowered Communities, a video documentary commissioned by the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, 2009

Songwriter and Arranger – Original Sound Track of Hustisya a video documentary about human rights produced by the Bikol X Press, 2006

Director, Cinematographer and Editor – Sundial, a video documentary commissioned by the Beta Epsilon Fraternity and the College of Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2006

Scriptwriter, Director, Cinematographer and Editor – Prometheus Bound, a video documentary commissioned by Agham and the Science and Society Program of the College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2005