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Kulintang galore at 22nd annual FPAC in San Pedro, CA

10 Sep Dropping Kulintronica into the traditional Kulintang music performance

Kulintang galore at 22nd annual FPAC in San Pedro, CA

Dropping Kulintronica into the traditional Kulintang music performance

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

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

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

Maestro Marlo getting down on Tagunggo

Learning kulintang

Learning kulintang

Learning Agong

Inkanor (left) on Agong

Mars on gandingan

Mars on gandingan

Titania cross-handing

Titania cross-handing

Chris "Filipino Brand" Feraro on kulintang

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

Babaylan Pavilion kulintang

September Kulintang Sessions

13 Dec

September kulintangan up and down California.

Filipino Performing Arts & Culture (FPAC20) in San Pedro, California

FPAC Kulintronica by J Bashiri

FPAC Kulintronica by J Bashiri

Filipino Fest at Six Flags

Kulintang and Eskrima Filipino Fest Six Flags Vallejo

Kulintang and Eskrima Filipino Fest Six Flags Vallejo by M Williams

Nieto Art Gallery

May the Kulintang be with you…

30 May
Kulintang with Sambasia SF at Carnaval parade

Kulintang with Sambasia SF at Carnaval parade

The month of May!  This month I brought the gongs from San Francisco to Honolulu.  It was my second time to participate in this well-attended festival in Waikiki.  Thousands of Filipinos came to the festival despite some tropical rain to create a Filipino village in the park. After talking to a lot of Filipinos on the West side of the island, it seems that Waikiki is “too far” for a lot of Filipinos on that side of the island.  I think this year there is a festival that will be bringing the party to that side of the island.  Bay Area people compare those Filipinos in Daly City who refuse to go to Pistahan, but without the luxury of a BART train.

Honolulu Filipino Fiesta

Filipino FIesta of Honolulu

Filipino FIesta of Honolulu

Back in San Francisco I was welcomed into an amazing circle of Filipino musicians at the SF Pinoy Jazz Festival.  I was inducted into this club of hard-working and hard-playing group of talented and experienced performers by Carlos Zialcita of Little Brown Brother, who played right after me.

Asian Heritage Street Celebration with SF Pinoy Jazz Fest

Asian Heritage Street Celebration Filipino Jazz Fest Stage

Asian Heritage Street Celebration Filipino Jazz Fest Stage

The month of May does not pass in San Francisco without one of the largest and most celebrated events in the festival season:  CARNAVAL!  It was so great to rejoin Sambasia once again for a high-energy march down Mission St. with a complete bateria plus dancers!  Director Masaru Koga created an amazing cross-cultural arrangement that blends Okinawan, Brazilian, and Filipino (Maranao) traditional songs into one continuous piece of fun!  Sambasia founder Jimmy Biala marched with us for the entire length of the parade before changing into another uniform and running all the way back to the beginning of the parade to do it again with another group!

SF Carnaval with Sambasia SF featuring Wesley Uenten

the view from the parade float

the view from the parade float

with Wesley Uenten and Sambasia SF

with Wesley Uenten and Sambasia SF

John-Carlos Perea on Bass

John-Carlos Perea on Bass

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