Video Work Samples for ACTA Living Cultures Grant
On July 8, 2016, the Little Manila programs came together to culminate a fruitful season of cultural arts programming. Below are three excerpts of our Kulintang Academy teachers and students performing the pieces they learned this season.
Featuring our Master Artist
At the center of the above video is Master Artists Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan playing kulintang. His co-instructor Frank Holder plays the dabakan (drum) on the right, while Ramon Lazo plays the gandigan on the far left. The two agung players on the far right are Brian Batugo and Richard Fiallos, advanced students from the Kulintang Academy. Aldrich Sabac plays the babandil in between Lazo and Master Kalanduyan. The ensemble opens the recital with a Maguindanaon piece followed by a Maranao piece. This was a huge opportunity for our community to be exposed to Master Kalanduyan's work. Just before he came on, an excerpt of the documentary Cotabato Sessions (2014) was played for the audience to give context and background to Master Kalanduyan's legacy of kulintang music.
Sinulog A Kamamatuan and Tidtu
The video above consist of two performances of students from the Kulintang Academy (KA). The first performance (0:00) is by the youngest student, 5th grader Tristan Ureta-Villalos. His ensemble includes beginning and intermediate students from KA. Tristan plays kulintang in the center. Sinulog A Kamamatuan is a old-style Sinulog played a moderate tempo to welcome guests at gatherings or weddings. The second performance (1:54) is by advanced student Richard Fiallos who graduated this year with a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. He plays Tidtu with other KA students. Tidtu means "straight" and is played to accompany an agung exhibition or competition. In order for the piece to last longer, the player must improvise. The clip shows Richard improvising phrases based on the core musical patterns taught to him by Master Kalanduyan.
Kulintang Academy and Bahala Na Escrima
Unexpectedly, Kulintang Academy collaborated with Little Manila's Bahala Na Escrima Martial Arts program and the Little Manila After School Program. In this excerpt, intermediate KA student Ajala Lee improvises on the kulintang to accompany the first of three scenes in a skit that dramatized pre-colonial Philippine culture and history.