"Kulintang arts have not been taught in Stockton. Bringing this form of music to Stockton is invaluable and needed."
- Valerie (Val) Lee Acoba
Dance Collective Director Brian Batugo was inspired to raise money to restore the practice of Filipino folk dance in the Stockton Area. With some of the money raised, he made contact with Master Kulintang Artist in California, Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan, to purchase his personal Kulintang ensemble. Since then, Kalanduyan and Batugo have been forging a relationship to bring the art of Kulintang to the Filipina/o American community in Stockton. This year, LMDC is pleased to announce that we will kicking off our communities very first traditional music program at the Little Manila center in March 2016.
About the Master Artist
LM will expand its cultural programming by including traditional music training in collaboration with Master Kalanduyan. Kalanduyan has been recognized for his expertise in kulintang by ACTA and the National Endowment for the Arts. He and his colleagues have produced numerous kulintang workshops and performed in renowned venues throughout the country. Kalanduyan began playing the Maguindanao style of music when he was four years old as it was passed down to him by his elders. He holds a masters in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington.