Greetings, kulintang fans!
It’s that time of the year, the month of October at the end of the summer season when the Filipino artist community gears up for a final push before settling into the holidays. October is Filipino-American History Month! To kick things off, we have an early start with a special screening of “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust” at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
The Philippines is rich with history, with multiple layers and story arcs intertwining the contested archipelago. I consider myself a Philippine history buff but I was surprised to learn about this chapter. Although much has been said of the Philippines role in the battle for the Pacific, but the topic of Philippines involvement in the European conflict is hardly discussed.
Pictured above is President of the Philippines Manuel Quezon with the Frieder brothers taken in April of 1940. I am excited to learn this intriguing story, and to provide intermissions with smooth grooves and live kulintang playing.
Kulintronica performs at “Rescue in the Philippines” screening
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Screenings at 6:15pm and 7:30pm
Happy FIlipino American History Month!
Kulintronica Live Electronic Dance Music Kulintangan at BambuTwo, Honolulu, HI
Friday September 20, 2013 at BambuTwo Cafe Martini Lounge in Honolulu, Hawaii
“Calling My Name” CD Release Party
Fresh from the 2nd Annual Bachatahisian Festival in Aiea, Kulintronica comes to Honolulu Chinatown to bring kulintang music to the nightlife.
8pm – close; 21+
BambuTwo Cafe Martini Lounge
1144 Bethel St, Honolulu, HI 96813
September 15 Live Electronic Dance Music Kulintangan at Camp Smith, Honolulu, Hawaii as part of the Bachatahisian Festival and Concert.
Bachata + Tahitian = Bachatahisian an amazing and bombastic collision of two incredible dances brought together with aloha on the gathering island of Oahu.
Debuting the CD release of the “Calling My Name” single. Full length album coming soon…
Full festival lineup:
Bachatahisian 2013 lineup
Kulintang galore at 22nd annual FPAC in San Pedro, CA
Dropping Kulintronica into the traditional Kulintang music performance
For this year’s Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) I travelled incognito as a member of my teacher Danongan Kalanduyan’s performance ensemble. Dressed in a red gold green black traditional attire with a colorful Sama headwrap I joined my kulintang brothers from Northern California and San Diego to bring a heavy dose of kulintang to a festival that always makes room to feature kulintang music; FPAC! For more pictures and videos, see the @kulintronica twitter/instagram/vine feeds!
Traditional attire for the performance
First task was to gather first thing in the morning all of the kulintang players gathered for this performance. We had experienced performing kulintang musicians from Northern California and San Diego.
Rehearsal for breakfast
After the performance on the Legacy Stage we moved to the Dance stage for interactive workshops where we were ecstatic to be joined by a number of kulintang players attending the festival. We jammed, danced, and had reunions.
Maestro Marlo getting down on Tagunggo
Inkanor (left) on Agong
Mars on gandingan
Chris “Filipino Brand” Feraro on kulintang
Check out Chris’ apparel and goodies at Filipino Brand.
Local dance force Kayamanan ng Lahi also had live kulintang playing as part of their performance Saturday morning. The Center for Babaylan Studies also kept a kulintang handy at their pavilion tent. The kulintang is a great tool for bringing people together, which is great to draw attention in a festival rich with activities.
Babaylan Pavilion kulintang
Kulintang music in the San Francisco sunshine
Kulintang + Electronica = Kulintronica
“I hear you calling my name, sent from a breeze, from a far off distance…” – Lyrics by Kristine Sinajon