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Florante Aguilar


UTOM (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 2:00pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
At the Door: $28 

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Artist Info

Production Credits
Composer & Music Director: Florante Aguilar
Drummer & Percussionist: Sage Baggott
Kulintang Ensemble: Caroline Cabading
Percussionist: Nick Galang
Bass: Greg Kehret

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Work Sample

An artistic rendering of sounds between people, nature and the supernatural, UTOM is a five-movement suite inspired by a mythical story of deity Boi Henwu and informed by musical traditions and indigenous instruments of the T’boli people of Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. This is the 5th Kularts commissioned work from master musician Florante Aguilar - Aswang (2014) Maség Typhoon (2014), She Who Can See (2015), Ba-e Makiling (2016). UTOM is inspired by the T’boli’s practice of expressing the mysteries of our world in music, Aguilar creates compelling narrative of human emotion using both both western and indigenous instruments.

Florante Aguilar (Composer & Music Director)

Florante Aguilar champions Philippine music art forms. Born in Manila, Aguilar learned to play the octavina in a rondalla group at nine years old. He trained in classical music at the University of the Philippines College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the SF Conservatory for Music. His search for a tradition-based contemporary Filipino sound led him to harana courtship music. His 2012 film, Harana: The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade is an award-winning documentary, Aguilar has received grant awards from the Gerbode Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, SF Arts Commission, and SF Foundation.

Sage Baggott (Drummer/Percussionist)

Sage Baggott is a third-generation drummer raised in the Bay Area and Austin, Texas. He has performed with Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, Conspiracy of Beards, Awesöme Orchestra Collective, Los Cenzontles, Los Lobos guitarist/singer David Hidalgo, Tex-Mex accordionist Santiago Jimenez, Cuban percussionists Jesus Diaz, Roberto Borrell and Carlos Caro, Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks, Flamenco performers La Tania, Alex Conde, Carola Zertuche, Jesus Montoya, and Clara Rodriguez, and with Florante. He currently composes music for film, commercial projects and video games with his company Spiky Blimp.

Caroline Cabading (Kulintang Ensemble)

Caroline Cabading studied with National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and Master Kulintang Musician Danongan Kalanduyan and performed with his professional touring ensemble for nearly 20 years. As a kulintang musician and educator, she has performed and conducted music and dance workshops for the Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Academy of Sciences, Ethnic Dance Festival, World Arts West, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, Mills College, UCLA, UA Anchorage, UA Kodiak, Tufts University and City College of San Francisco. She currently leads the traditional kulintang ensemble Kultura Kapwa and the kulintang-jazz ensemble The Autonomous Region.

Nick Galang (Percussionist)

Nick Galang is a percussionist, music producer, and DJ born in Manila and based in San Francisco. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Nick received a minor in Ethnomusicology from the University of Florida and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in World Percussion. He has trained with notable artists including Randy Gloss, Swapan Chaudhuri, Houman Pourmehdi, Andrew Grueschow, and Nani Agbeli. Recently, he has supported headliners at venues such as 1015 Folsom, 111 Minna Gallery, and the Phoenix Hotel.

Greg Kehret (Bass)

Greg Kehret graduated from the San Francisco State University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music, emphases on Classical Performance. His musical pursuits have lead him to explore punk, funk, hip-hop, jazz, dream pop, Tango, European café music, afro cuban music, and in recent years collaborations with Florante Aguilar on The Harana Kings album, ASWANG and related projects. By day he directs the Media and Accessible Design Lab at the LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco.

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