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Starting February 3, 2022: Listen to A Color-Coded Symphony Project on-the-air! Thursdays 6-7pm PST
on The Lost Church's Free Radio, featuring monthly interviews with special guests, sharing songs and stories.

     LISTEN here: https://thelostchurch.org/radio
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ONLINE 10/29/21. Celebrating Filipino American History Month: Overview of Philippine Native Music
with Bo Razón. 3:30-5pm PDT. Watch on YOUTUBE: 

 
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Bo Razón will cover pre-colonial native music from two Philippine ethnolinguistic regions which have become the main resources and inspiration for contemporary Filipino world music. Various ethnic instruments and rhythms from both the Northern & Southern tribes will be shown and demonstrated. The focus will be on bamboo and gong instruments as well as the native boat lutes. The presentation will also examine the Hispanic influence in Philippine music from over three centuries of colonization. Various Iberian-influenced stringed instruments like the Banduria & Laúd will be featured as well. Philippine ethnic musical strains are also being blended with elements of other world music cultures such as Africa, the Caribbean, etc. The ethno-fusion movement spurred on by the diaspora is gaining ground.

 

ABOUT BO RAZÓN. Bo Razón is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, and educator whose experience spans more than four decades. His influences are mainly native music from North & Sub-Saharan Africa, Cuba, Southeast Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean, North America, the Iberian peninsula, and the Middle East. Passionate about traditional music of indigenous world cultures as well as by contemporary music genres, he seeks ways in which the two may coalesce organically. His skill sets have brought him to work in a musical capacity with several global institutions of art and culture such as the British Council, the Goethe Institute, the Alliance Francaise, Instituto Cervantes, and the Philippine National Commission for Culture & the Arts. He has taught World & Afro-Latin music at the University of the Philippines, and has taught music to elementary and middle school students in California. Bo plays several stringed and skinned (percussion) instruments from diverse global cultures and has performed with many major artists from around the world in many settings and venues in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

11/12/2019 FEATURED COUNTRY: INDIA at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA

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Aki Kumar www.akikumar.com

Indian-born, San Jose-based Aki Kumar left his home in Mumbai for the United States with the intention of working as a software engineer. Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed.

With his Little Village Foundation debut, "Aki Goes to Bollywood", Kumar began integrating elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with its blues foundation. Kumar’s follow-up album, "Hindi Man Blues", boasts his most ambitious cross-cultural fusion to date, and features liner notes by veteran blues great Charlie Musselwhite. Kumar recently performed at the prestigious Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, has been featured on PRI “The World,” and has toured in Russia, South America and Scandinavia.

Hailed as a star among the next generation of West Coast blues artists and versatile in many different styles of roots music, Kumar is equally at ease rocking a Jimmy Reed number in English as he is belting out a signature, swingin' re-interpretation of a Bollywood classic in Hindi. Cleverly crafted originals featuring his masterful blues harmonica riffs are a highlight of this charismatic entertainer's live performances.

09/28/2017 FEATURED COUNTRY: THE PHILIPPINES at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum 

Titania Buchholdt on the Kulintang

Each Color-Coded Symphony performance highlights a different country. For our premiere, we featured guest musician, Titania Buchholdt, on the kulintang (Filipino gongs). Titania performs traditional kulintang ensemble music both nationally and internationally, most recently at the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. She has studied with many kulintang musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the Philippines, but her longest and closest association was with the late Danongan “Danny” Kalanduyan, the only Filipino-American to have been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, Ms. Buchholdt is a Master Artist in the Apprenticeship program of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. For more information, please visit www.kulintang.org.