Philippine Music Innovators in Concert May 18

April 7, 2013 in Performances, Philippine Master Artist-In-Residency

Philippine Music Innovators in Concert – One Night Only!
Composer Florante Aguilar 
and Tribal Leader Waway Saway
Saturday | May 18, 2013 | 8pm

Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum | 221 Fourth Street @ Howard | San Francisco (MAP)
$15 in advance | $20 at the door (BUY NOW)

Philippine Music Innovators Postcard with all artist names

Join Kularts for this fabulous double-bill of master musicians, featuring the staged production of Florante Aguilar’s new work, ASWANG, and music by Philippine Tribal Leader Datu Rodelio ‘Waway’ Linsahay Saway, of the Talaandig peoples. Both formally-educated artists have returned to their roots, reviving musical traditions with an infusion of their own fresh creative interpretations.

Straight from an engagement at the prestigious Lincoln Center, Talaandig Leader Waway Saway shares shares and expands on traditions from the Talaandig tribe as a modern composer, singer, instrument maker, and visual artist. He is joined onstage by Ron Quesada.

Composer Florante Aguilar shares ASWANG – A Tagalog Song Cycle exploring the fantastic creatures of Pilipino legends and ghost stories by re-imagining traditional Pilipino musical forms of the harana (romantic serenade) and kundiman (courtship songs of intense longing). Featuring performances by: Chus Alonso (flute), Sage Baggott (percussion) and Greg Kehret (double bass) and vocalists: Giovanni Ortega, Leon Palad, Bryan Pangilinan, and Kristine Sinajon.

Florante Aguilar’s ASWANG, Workshop Performance:

Waway Saway with his Talaandig Music Group:

Artists Bios:

Composer and Lyricist Florante Aguilar is considered one of the leading proponents of Philippine harana and guitar music in America today. He champions Philippine music through the medium of film, recordings and live performances. His arrangements and compositions reveal a sophisticated and deep understanding of the form, successfully crafting the right balance between respect and redefinition of a tradition. Born in Manila, Aguilar grew up in Cavite province where he learned to play the octavina in a rondalla group. He trained as a classical musician at the University of the Philippines College of Music. After touring internationally, he moved to New York under a scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music with Sharon Isbin, Grammy Award winner and current guitar department chair of the Juilliard School. Florante later accepted a position with the pioneering Buffalo Guitar Quartet where he toured and recorded the critically acclaimed CD New Music for Four Guitars (New World 384-2). Florante received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1996 under the tutelage of David Tanenbaum. In 2012, Florante Aguilar joined with award winning director Benito Bautista to create the film Harana. The film has toured film festivals nationally and around the world, winning Audience Awards at the 2012 Hawaiian International Film Festival, the 2013 San Francisco CAAMFest, and the 2013 Pac Arts Movement in San Diego.

Philippine Tribal Leader Datu Rodelio ‘Waway’ Linsahay Saway, of the Talaandig people in Bukidnon, shares and expands on tribal tradition as a composer, singer, instrument maker, and visual artist. A co-founder and teacher of the Talaandig School of Living Traditions, he has performed throughout the Philippines and Asia with his musical group, and with Grace Nono’s Tao Music. He is the creative force behind the development of sustainable livelihood in tribal arts, including soil painting and instrument-making. A consummate innovator, he creates music instruments that are musically-sound and considered works of art. He composed the music score for the 2011 Philippine film Crossfire, directed by Arnel Mardoquio. In April 2013, Datu Waway  travels to New York to perform in Lincoln Center as guest collaborator of the world-renowned virtuoso cellist Dave Eggar and his group, DEORO.

Map to the Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum

The theater can be tough to find, so here’s a map! Follow the footprints from the street. Childrens Creativity Theatre Map