Playing kulintang for typhoon Haiyan relief at a Tigerwave Yoga event
Does sound assist in your yoga practice? Does live music make for a good sound? Kulintronica partnered with singer Christine Jugueta and Tigerwave Yoga’s Natalie Macam to take steps towards a unique yoga experience. We raised funds for Typhoon Haiyan Relief through Save The Children! and got two radio features showcasing our efforts. [photos by Live Free Productions]
First ever kulintang kirtan at the Tigerwave Yoga fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan in Los Angeles’ Mahasukha Center
Kulintronica LAUNCH is 12/29/13 at Pa’ina Lounge in San Francisco featuring live art by Kristian Kabuay, music from Sheryl Ann Padre, an all-star kulintang jam hosted by Kapwa Kulintang, and an all new live performance of electronic dance music kulintangan.
Now available on iTunes is Kulintronica featuring Waway Saway playing “River Clouds,” an ethereal and emotional instrumental written in the mountain ranges of Bukidnon and performed in San Francisco while Saway stopped over after his performance at New York City’s Lincoln Center.
Waway Saway is a Talaandig artist who builds wooden instruments by hand and creates paintings with sand, but was very comfortable when Ron started powering up and firing off machines and synthesizers when making music together.
Saway performed with Kulintronica at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, and the Filipino Community Center in Fulton before going into Xubee Music studios to shoot the performance music video that eventually evolved into this full fledged record that also features John Roselada on keyboards.
Asian Art Museum kulintangan photo by Karen Pennrich
October is here! If you missed the takeover of Asian Art Museum by Center for Babaylan Studies and Jay Loyola’s American Center for Philippine Arts on the first Sunday, here are a few more events where you can see Ron perform new kulintang music:
- Saturday October 12th, 2013 at 1pm: Seafood City in Milpitas, CA live electronic dance music kulintangan (1535 Landess Ave Milpitas, CA 95035)
- Saturday October 12th, 2013 at 6pm: Yerba Buena Nights at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, CA presented by Kularts where I will share the stage with Parangal Dance Company fresh from their sold-out performance of “Handuraw” which had wicked kulintang playing from Hiyas Dance Company of San Jose. (750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103)
- Sunday October 13th, 2013 at 6:30pm: Raq Filipina performance featuring Ron Quesada of Kulintronica performing New Filipino World Music from her album “Filipina Roots” at Pa’ina Lounge in San Francisco Japantown Raq Filipina breathes new life into Filipino classics like “Dandansoy” and offers new original Filipino tunes played by some of San Francisco’s finest musicians from its eclectic Latin music scene! (1865 Post St. San Francisco, CA)
Raq Filipina features Kulintronica at Pa’ina Lounge 10/13 6:30pm
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
Waway Saway, musician from the Southern Philippines, spent a week in and around San Francisco in which we spent quite some time jamming and talking about the development of Filipino music.
Pictured here is a bamboo kubingthat he made himself pictured resting on one of my analog synthesizers onstage before a performance.
Waway brought his organic tribal folk sound along with his handmade katyapi and tambuleleleng string instruments and graciously participated in one of my typical musical experiments combining indigenous Filipino music with electronic instruments and live looping.