Edgar Balansi Banasan
Craftsman, Co-founder of EDAYA
Edgar is a native of the Kalinga Indigenous community in the Philippines and a master bamboo craftsman recognized as one of the few remaining experts in bamboo musical instruments. He exhibited his instruments in various venues, including the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center. His bamboo music is introduced in his three albums, available on Spotify, etc.
As an educator, he has been actively conducting bamboo crafts and music workshops both in the Philippines and the world. He served as a visiting faculty of the “Healing Through Bamboo Music” course at the National Institute of Design, India, in 2019.
Edgar’s crafts encompass not only instruments but also jewelry, furniture, installation, and self-build homes. His 1000 bamboo chime installation at Camp John Hay Forest Bathing Trail, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Philippines, was largely appreciated by citizens and tourists, for example.
He was a Training Fellow at Kanazawa College of Art in Japan in 2016. Also, he is the president of the Tuba Arts Guild, engaging the community, where EDAYA locates, through arts.
Here's a peek of Edgar crafting bamboo jewelry.
On-going self-build school making project
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