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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.”

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Kulintronica is Radio Republic’s “Daily Track” for February 25, 2014!

25 Feb Kulintronica is Radio Republic's Daily Track for February 25th, 2014
Kulintronica is Radio Republic's Daily Track for February 25th, 2014

Kulintronica is Radio Republic’s Daily Track for February 25th, 2014

So excited to be a Daily Track in Radio Repbulic’s 2014 calendar (see the profile here)!  I am not the first Filipino artist from outside the Philippines to be listed here, and I’m not even the first artist from California to be listed here, but I do believe I am the first kulintang player to be featured here.  I’m so grateful to be mentioned in the same lineup with OPM artists 6Cyclemind, Sugarfree, Gloc-9, Denise Barbacena, Uela Basco (of the Chilitees), Mishka Adams, Indio I, and Nouvul.

As mentioned in the article, I am a huge OPM fan and when I am in the Philippines I spend quite a bit of time seeking out new music and enjoying the vibrante Pinoy Rock scene in Manila.  Eraserheads’ “Aloha Milkyway” was my first OPM album; and their “Natin99,” Up Dharma Down’s “Bipolar,” and Kjwan’s “2StepMarv” were very influential to me and I had these in heavy rotation when I was first developing the Kulintronica sound.

Kulintronica is Radio Republic's Daily Track for February 25th, 2014

Kulintronica is Radio Republic’s Daily Track for February 25th, 2014

Just minutes before the Daily Track was posted, I completed this video blog that gives what would have been all the latest Kulintronica updates had this latest development not taken place.

Next gig:

February 26th, 2014 – Hult International Business School

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

10 Sep

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

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“Calling My Name” 1st Kulintronica single NOW AVAILABLE on iTunes

2 Aug

Calling My Name Single now on itunes

It’s here!

It’s calling your name!

Get the original & Julius Papp’s funky remix now!