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It’s Been A Long Time, But I Can’t Stop ‘Til The Break Of Gong

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Hello kulintang fans!

The last blog post was quite a while ago.  Looking at the timeline of content posting stings a little bit, but I am encouraged by all of you who comment, reblog, follow, like, and subscribe to Kulintronica feeds and also everyone who talks to me in person about how they have been looking for music like Kulintronica that brings indigenous Filipino music into today. 

Inspiration is not in drought in the San Francisco Bay Area where a persistent and eclectic multi-cultural artist community won’t let a weekend go by without offering something eye-opening. 

This last Sunday I was inspired by another Filipino musician whom I admire for pushing the boundaries of Filipino music and also his methodically sound approach to life. It was at Porchfest in historic Napa while a reggae band pumped gritty beats from the lanai that Florante Aguilar asked me when the next kulintang electronic dance music show is. 

I told him it wouldn’t be until September 26 and mumbled a couple of words as I went to sip my drink.

“Album launch?” he asked in confirmation.  As someone that has released at least five albums and a movie featuring ground breaking Filipino guitar music, he knows that type of gig well. 

“Yup… I’ve been working on this so long it almost hurts to think about it.”  In that candid moment it was all I could think of saying.  The first tracks for the project were recorded many years ago.  A crowd of Porchfest revelers sitting in picnic chairs or leaning against their bicycles applause as the Trevor Lyon band introduced their musicians at the end of their set on the porch outside. 

“Anything worthwhile takes a long time to do,” he said, as the band outside drops into their encore number. Florante continued to prepare for his set with the Latin Filipino Connection and I went back for another helping of inasal, absorbing what the virtuoso said. 

  
What: OPM Republic presents “‘Til The Break Of Gong” Album Launch

When: Saturday, September 26 at 6pm

Where: Somar Bar in Oakland Uptown

I hope all my treasured kulintang fans have been well, and you all can expect to hear more about this and other recent developments in the Kulintronica world. 

Stay tuned and use the hashtag #TilTheBreakOfGong to hear more about the album launch on all platforms. 

Thanks

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Kulintronica T-Shirts now available at upcoming gigs!

15 Jul Kulintronica T-Shirt by Ugat

Because you asked for it!  Wear Kulintronica t-shirts by Ugat clothing and show the world that kulintang is the future…

Kulintronica T-Shirt by Ugat

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Available at any Kulintronica gig and also direct from here.

Upcoming gigs:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maseg VIP Crowdfunding Launch Party

Philippine Center at the ground floor lobby of the Philippine Consulate of San Francisco

447 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Carmen Colet (Asian Art Museum Commissioner and SFMSCC Chair) and Kularts in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco invite you to 

MASEG: VIP Crowdfunding Launch Party!!!

Kularts the nation’s premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts, is kicking off a summer crowdfunding campaign commission and produce a groundbreaking dance production of Maseg (Typhoon) by Philippine Master Dance Artist Jay Loyola Dance and composer Florante C. Aguilar at historic Brava Theater in San Francisco.

To Kick-Off the campaign, we invite you to our exlcusive VIP Launch Party. Light refreshments and bites provided by Local Lift.

Live Calligraphy by Kristian Kabuay and music by Kulintronica

RSVP at:
http://maseg.eventbrite.com/?aff=efbevent

Maseg VIP Crowdfunding Launch Party

Maseg VIP Crowdfunding Launch Party

 

Thursday, July 27, 2014

2nd Annual Kundiman 808

A Variety of Voices of Filipino American Culture

Raising    Domestic    Violence     Awareness

Poetry.  Music.  Art.  Dance.  Filipino Martial Arts.  Live!

Join us for the Second Annual Kundiman 808 at the Filipino Community Center’s Ballroom in Waipahu!

Date: July 27, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 8:30 PM
**FREE and open to the public**

Kundiman is a genre of Filipino love songs. Under colonial rule, it was developed into a secret method of expression for one’s love of country and desired freedom.

Kundiman 808 is dedicated to celebrating youth, culture, and community building through various art forms such as music, dance, spoken word, storytelling, live art and more. This year we are also raising awareness about domestic violence.

Emcee: Paul Martin
DJ: Seph1

Performances by: Tekniqlingz | Kulintronica | Bandalan Doce Pares Association, HI | Faith Pascua | Ozzie Jaramillo & Nikko Magtoto | Ricky Rapanut | Agaton Pasion, Jr. | Ashley Galacgac | Ajax Maharlika | Marcus Mateo | AkaVibes

Live Art/ Art Displays by: Laetitia Marie Mahoney aka Chika | Ramir Belmes | Marc Galacgac

For more information on Kundiman 808 of 2014, click here.

Co-sponsored by:
ESSA (Ethnic Studies Student Association of UH Manoa)
KmB
Consortium for Health, Safety & Support
Made in Hope

Kundiman 808

Kundiman 808

Cynthia Alexander is coming to San Francisco

10 Jun Reverberations at Pa'ina Lounge, San Francisco on June 20, 2014
Reverberations at Pa'ina Lounge, San Francisco on June 20, 2014

Reverberations at Pa’ina Lounge, San Francisco on June 20, 2014

Singer, songwriter, and virtuoso guitarist Cynthia Alexander comes to San Francisco for two very special events.   If you haven’t heard her soulful and poetic tagalog music, then click this video right now.

She is also featured at the Union Square Philippine Independence Day Celebration “Kalayaan SF” Cynthia recently performed with my kulintang teacher Guro Danongan Kalanduyan at Seattle’s Philippine Independence Day Celebration “Pagdiwirang.”

Haiyan and Holidays

26 Nov Holiday Bazaar at I-Hotel San Francisco Nov 30
Holiday Bazaar at I-Hotel San Francisco Nov 30

Holiday Bazaar at I-Hotel San Francisco Nov 30

Since the typhoon, the community has mobilized to help the people of the Philippines in any way possible.  There has been kulintang electronic dance music in a few events already, but here are two more fundraisers that will feature kulintang music:

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

“Holiday Bazaar” at International Hotel Manilatown (San Francisco, CA)

Join us for a Holiday Bazaar & Fundraiser at the historic International Hotel Manilatown in downtown San Francisco. We’ll have local vendors for unique gifts. Featured live performances by local artists featuring Ron Quesada on the Kulintang and a community “Kapwa jam” at 6PM.

$5 suggested donation to the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief campaign help victims of Philippine Calamities No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Featured vendors: Ray Haguisan, Kristian Kabuay, Sala Imports, Florante Aguilar (Harana the Movie), Titania Buchholdt, Bayani Art, Calia, Almost 11, Malyari 

Performers: Kulintronica with dancers, Eskabo Daan, Dane Hipolito, Shelia Alix

Also featuring a fashion show of cultural inspired everyday looks featuring local designers, vintage and katutubo made items. 

Interested in being a vendor? Email info@baybayin.com

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

“Parol Lantern Workshop/Fundraiser” at Hallidie Plaza near Powell BART Station (San Francisco, CA)

parol makers

Take a break from holiday shopping and make a Parol lantern! Featuring live music and artists. Get custom Philippine script on your parol from Kristian Kabuay. Make an on-site to aid the Philippine relief effort and get your presents wrapped at our gift-wrap center.

Hosted by: Allan Manalo

Music:
Ukulenny & Dane Hipolito – ukulele & vocals
CryWolffs – electroviolin
Kulintronica – kulintang and electronica

Art:
Kristian Kabuay – Baybayin (native Filipino calligraphy)
Paolo Salazar – chalk art

December 8 fundraiser at StubHub Center Stadium Club

December 8 fundraiser at StubHub Center Stadium Club

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

“Operation Typhoon Haiyan” at the Stub Hub Center’s Stadium Club (Carson, CA)

Featuring Kulintronica and Kayamanan Ng Lahi

The Los Angeles Booz Allen Hamilton office is supporting a charity Benefit Show open to the public that will help the Typhoon calamity victims in the Philippines. The firm is providing financial support and employees are volunteering to help make this event happen. This is a local way for employees to come alongside our Los Angeles Filipino community as they mount recovery support for their families and friends. 

100% of proceeds will benefit ABS-CBN Foundation International’s (AFI) Rehabilitation Program. AFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino families in the Philippines and around the world. It is the public service arm of ABS-CBN / TFC Broadcasting Corporation, one of Asia’s biggest media conglomerates. 

 

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Filipino American History Month is Here!

8 Oct by Karen Pennrich
by Karen Pennrich

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

Raq Filipina features Kulintronica at Pa’ina Lounge 10/13 6:30pm

Here comes Filipino American History Month!

24 Sep

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.

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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!

Image 18 Sep 9/20 at BambuTwo, Honolulu Chinatown
9/20 at BambuTwo, Honolulu Chinatown

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

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