Join us for a concert of Kulintang Gong-Drum music and dance of the Southern Philippines featuring Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble of Southern California.

The kulintang ensemble features lively melodies supported by driving interlocking rhythmic accompaniment and includes a variety of small and large knobbed gong instruments and a drum. Kulintang music is heard across the southern Philippines in various social and ritual contexts -- for entertainment, community celebrations, artistic competition, romantic courtship, weddings and healing rituals. This music is rarely heard live in the United States but nevertheless provides an important touchstone for precolonial culture and arts in the Philippines for Filipino Americans.

Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble (PKE) performs traditional gong and drum music and dances of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago of the southern Philippines. Led by musical director Bernard Ellorin, members of the ensemble include ethnomusicologists and dance ethnologists who have conducted intense study with native practitioners in the Philippines. PKE’s mission is to promote the cultural arts of the Philippines' Muslim societies with artistry, integrity and respect. Formed in 2003 by UCLA Ethnomusicology and World Arts & Cultures alumni Bernard Ellorin,  Mary Talusan Lacanlale, Eleanor Lipat-Chesler, Peter de Guzman, and Nicole Mae Vizconde Martin, the ensemble performs regularly at public events, festivals, and educational settings throughout California and other states.

Performers: Marlo Campos, Peter de Guzman, Dr. Bernard Ellorin, Eleanor Lipat-Chesler and Dr. Mary Talusan Lacanlale

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(909) 607-2671
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 4:15 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building
  • 340 N. College Ave
General Public
Pomona Alumni
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Families
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community

Free admission with open seating, no tickets. 
Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance.