In collaboration with NY-based composer/percussionist, Susie Ibarra (susieibarra.com) and Song of the Bird King, LLC (songofthebirdking.com/), we were able to shoot a project honoring the traditional music of the Southern Philippines in Cotabato City, Mindanao in 2013.
THE COTABATO SESSIONS is a full length music album and 30 minute short music film that features the music legacy of one family, the Kalanduyans. The Kalanduyans are several generations of musicians from the Maguindanaon tribe in the Philippines who perform a beautiful Indigenous art form known as kulintang, gong ensemble music as well as lute string music, the kutyapi.
This trailer provides a glimpse into the project featured on this Kickstarter campaign:
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