(Final June 2014 Edit)
We are making our film available online for a limited time in honor of the life and legacy of Philippine Master Artist and National Heritage Artist Danongan Kalanduyan. Danny passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Stanford University Medical Center. All of us involved with the film lost a good friend and the music world lost a true master of the arts. Danny was the main inspiration for this film and with the vision of composer/musician Susie Ibarra, The Cotabato Sessions became a reality. We have been blessed with his generosity and hospitality and most of all with his musical gifts and passion for the music.
Please consider donating to his memorial fund to help his family pay for funeral expenses.
Please share and keep his music in our hearts and minds.
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, in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines.
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. Alongside the music there is always dance.
The Cotabato Sessions was recorded and filmed in Cotabato City, Mindanao in the southern island of the Philippines. It was a rare moment to be able to get together these generations of musicians in the family.
The Kalanduyans are part of a minority Islamic tribe, the Maguindanaons in the Philippines who have been entirely relocated to Cotabato City and elsewhere after many decades of civil unrest in the south.
This album and film capture the generations of men, women, and youth performing ritual music and its variations in the home of master artist Danongan Kalanduyan, in a procession, in the courtyard of a mosque and in the recording session of a concert hall.
Danny's NEA Bio: arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/danongan-kalanduyan