Celebrate Filipino American History Month at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center

San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
October 10-12, 2014

Celebrate Filipino American History Month with jazz and the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival as we present the 7th Annual Festival on Friday – Sunday October 10-12, 2014.

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Jazz vocalist Lily Alunan and jazz/blues fusion band Little Brown Brother are featured on Friday October 10th. Alunan’s style displays a variety of influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald and Barbara Streisand to Ivan Lins and Earth, Wind and Fire. This accounts for her eclectic repertoire comprised of not only the Great American Songbook, but also bossa nova, jazz, and soul. Little Brown Brother has a definite world music element and attitude in their unique blend of jazz and the blues with added inspiration from Filipino music.

Saturday October 11 will feature Florante Aguilar and Joel Del Rosario. Florante Aguilar is one the leading figures championing Philippine music art forms in the USA and international markets today. He advances and popularizes Philippine music through the medium of film, recordings and live performances. His arrangements and compositions successfully craft the right balance between respect and redefinition of a tradition. Joel Del Rosario’s music has elements of straight ahead jazz, but also has a fusion of R&B, classical, and hip-hop influences. Guitarist and producer Joel Del Rosario’s music reflects the diversity of San Francisco’s cosmopolitan culture. This uniqueness has the world listening to this young jazz guitarist, and won him the title of Coffee Talk Jazz Radio’s Guitarist of the Year in 2011.

The festival closes on Sunday October 12 with Raq Filipina, the Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble and Sublá. Raq Filipina’s music is a unique mix of Filipino roots with Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean and electronica sounds. Her latest CD “Filipina Roots”, produced by Greg Landau, forges a new direction in Filipino world music while echoing her roots in the Philippines. Sublá, featuring Chris Trinidad, Frank Holder, Bo Razon and Kulintang Master Danny Kalanduyan is a San Francisco-based group dedicated to combining the traditional gong music of the Maguindanao and Maranao peoples of the Southern Philippines with contemporary musical elements. Sublá means ‘beyond’ in the Maguindanao language. The diverse musical influences within the group are understandably interesting: Traditional Kulintang Music of the Maguindanao and Maranao people; World Music; Contemporary Jazz; King Crimson; Jimi Hendrix; and AfroCuban music. This afternoon’s audience will also be treated with a special appearance by Master Kalanduyan’s own performance company, the Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble, which will be presenting the music and dance of the Southern Philippines in its traditional forms.