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2022 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st

Kulintang Dialect

​Conrad Benedicto learned the indigenous Philippine art form of kulintang gong music from Danongan “Danny” Kalanduyan. Master Kalanduyan often compared kulintang music to speaking. Whenever Conrad was on the verge of completing a song, Danny would say, “Everything is correct. Now play it with the proper (Maguindanaoan) accent.” Conrad dutifully learned to play all of the songs with the “proper accent” but has always wondered what his American kulintang accent would sound like. This is the premise behind Kulintang Dialect. Kulintang Dialect’s workshops and performances intend to explore what a distinctly American kulintang tradition could sound like while also keeping the legacy of Master Kalanduyan alive.

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