“This is the first time I’ve read something similar to lyrical prose, and Reev’s work is very much elegant and engaging as the music he creates. I used to think that people can either be a musician or a writer, but Reev has clearly demonstrated how he is equally good in both aspects.” - Anne Plaza, author (In Over Her Head)
“The journey is unforgettable, the cameos are fun, the story is interesting, and the music is sublime. Come, take a chance, and do a tango amidst these pages.” - Camille Rodriguez, book blogger, Book Reviews by DC
“The language is poetic, giving life and soul to the story. This piece itself is almost like a musical masterpiece. Sound is described so vividly, readers can almost hear the music emanating from the pages.” - Best Books of 2013 by Katipunan, The Guidon, official student monthly of Ateneo de Manila
“I am a non-fiction reader but I loved every minute of this roadtrip to the 70s. The story has a good heart and gives hope to those who create art on the back of heartache and joy and everything in between.” - Stephanie Honrado, painter
“Robledo’s prose seems to be moving up and down the music chart like notes swaying swiftly to the baton of a maestro in an well-tuned philharmonic orchestra. Brilliant part.” - Doni Oliveros, PRPB Book Club founder
“The greatest achievement of Gitarista for me is its cinematic evocation of the music scene of the era.” - Rise, book blogger, In Lieu Of A Field Guide
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The 1970s: Rise of cosmopolitan Manila.
Raised by a single mother in the province, guitar virtuoso Alejandro Sebastian is thrust into the classical music scene when he gets accepted into The Conservatory of Music at the country's capital.
With the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) a few months away, eccentric maestro Pablo Rocca trains his gifted protégé to become a guitar grandmaster while Dani, a free-spirited violinist, provides friendship and inspiration.
From Manila’s highbrow venues to its darkest corners, Alejandro’s musical journey leads him to unravel a hidden truth that will change all he has known and all he has ever wanted to become.
A bittersweet romance between truth and destiny, Gitarista is a young man's search for the symphony of his life.
This historical novella takes place during the height of Manila's urban progress in the 1970s. Buildings towered over paved roads, vehicles caused traffic jams, business districts were expanding, and the music and arts scene was a burgeoning form of entertainment and a stark representation of the country’s national identity.