EVENT: Reverberation – San Francisco, California 6/20

baybayin event

 

I’ll be showing some art and doing a live Baybayin calligraphy performance with a fashion designer. Runway show X Baybayin.

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Friday, June 20 at 7:00pm – 1:00am
Pa’ina Restaurant & Lounge @ Japan Town, 1865 Post St, San Francisco, CA, US

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/reverberation-tickets-11565238941?aff=efbevent

Artists of different media. Artists of different scale. Artists of different edges. Artist from different places.

Come join us in a night of waves, vogue and beats with edgy Filipino artist from San Francisco, New York and Seattle.

Carla Sta Cruz

The objective of Carla Sta. Cruz is to draw inspiration from the masters of design, and to redefine, reinvent, and adapt their classic silhouettes in a changing, technology-driven world. At the forefront is an audience of people who define and change the world as well– the innovators, the dreamers, the changemakers.

This is the audience Carla Sta. Cruz designs for.

Chief designer Carla Sta. Cruz began conceptualizing and illustrating bags and clothes while a student in Parsons. When she began selling bags out of her apartment, Carla lovingly coerced friends and family to buy her products. Soon word of mouth spread, and she now has an intimate group of minions who passionately translate her vision into reality.

Cynthia Alexander

Singer/songwriter Cynthia Alexander is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing guitar at the age of seven. Her brother, renowned Philippine ethnic folk music artist Joey Ayala, provided her with early chord lessons. In the late ’80s she was the bassist for the group Hayp. Hayp were regulars at Manila underground venues such as Club Dredd and Mayric’s, but Alexander’s skills with the bass instantly brought her international recognition. In 1989, she was selected Best Bass Player at the World Band Explosion Finals in Tokyo, Japan.

Cynthia Alexander writes, performs, arranges, produces and distributes all her albums and even designs the covers and inlays. Alexander has gathered awards for her solo work, her albums INSOMNIA & other Lullabyes (1997), Rippingyarns (2000) and Comet’sTail (2005) are multi-awarded in her home country. She is NU 107 Rock Award’s first Female Icon (2004). Her latest release ‘Walk Down the Road’ (2009) is a celebration of over a decade of songwriting that the artist reflects on the themes of transformation.

Born in Quezon City, Philippines and raised by the beach in a banana plantation in Davao, Mindanao (south of the Philippines), Cynthia is borne from the genes of the Ayala (Davao) clan of artists – daughter of poet-painter Tita Lacambra-Ayala and fictionist painter-poet Jose V. Ayala, Jr.; younger sibling of ethnic folk-rocker Joey Ayala.

She now lives in Seattle.

Kulintronica – Ron Quesada

Ron Quesada is a musician on a mission to make the “kulintang” a household name. By fusing this ancient Filipino gong instrument with modern electronic dance music, Ron has created a sound all his own that he calls “Kulintronica”. With the release of the single(s) “Calling My Name,” and “River Clouds,” now on iTunes he is preparing to tour and release his debut album in 2014. You can find more info on Ron and his music at kulintronica.com.

Kristian Kabuay

Kristian’s art is focused on the ancient writing system from the Philippines called Baybayin. It was nearly extinct due to colonization and is being brought back by Kristian and a few other young Filipino-Americans. As a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the script, he developed a modern style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) and recently introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum in 2012. He has spoken and showcased art at Stanford, Berkeley, SF State, University of the Philippines, Tokyo University, Madrid, London, Paris, and Brussels. He’s currently working on his 3rd book and a documentary titled “Writing of the Stinky Fish”.

For more information, email: ReverberationSF@gmail.com

EVENT: International Hotel Manilatown Center

Baybayin art

This Sunday 12/9 in San Francisco, Ray Haguisan of Malaya Designs and I will be having probably our last event this year. Join us an a unique boutique sale at the historic International Hotel on Kearny st in Chinatown. Indigenous artists will have items you won’t find else where. Watch live kulingtang and backstrap weaving.

Also, I’ll be doing a large scale Baybayin demonstration and playing music starting at around 3pm. I haven’t played any of my music in the US before, so it will be interesting…..Music + Calligraphy mashup!

Sunday, Dec. 9th, 1pm-6pm
International Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street, SF, CA 94108

A Gathering of Indigenous Artists at the International Hotel Manilatown Center in the historic Manilatown neighborhood. Descendants of residents of the old neighborhood return to offer their island inspired clothing, jewelry, and art to the general public. The Center is located in San Francisco at 868 Kearny Street at the intersection of Chinatown, North Beach, and the Financial District. Come experience the a new holiday tradition deeply rooted in a rich arkipelago nation culture. See traditional weaving demonstration by Jenny Bawer Young and Holly Calica sponsored by the Alliance of California Traditional Arts (ACTA).

More info on the Facebook invite

EVENT: New Traditions – Asian Art Museum 10/19-21

I’m proud to announce my Filipino Calligraphy event at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum on October 19 to 21, 12-4pm. Joining me with be Japanese calligraphic performer, Aoi Yamaguchi. In the 4 hours, Aoi and I will collaborate on a large piece writing a poem and saying in our own languages, conduct a lecture about our work and a workshop.

The collaboration between Baybayin (pre-Spanish Filipino script) artist Christian Cabuay and calligraphic performer Aoi Yamaguchi demonstrates the history and culture of Japan and the Philippines. Cabuay and Yamaguchi explore the differences and similarities of their art and struggle. By embracing traditions, rituals, and roots, they are pushing the boundaries and creating something anew, integrating international cultural ideas, styles, and forms. Meaning “beginning/origin” in Tagalog and Japanese, Simula and Gen symbolize the artists asserting identity through their calligraphy traditions.

Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center
for Asian Art & Culture
www.asianart.org

200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
T 415.581.3500
F 415.581.4700

Music, Baybayin Art & the Dancing Lolo

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do live chalk art at the tourist filled Union Square in San Francisco. It was a Filam music and art event put on by Kularts. What makes this significant is that Baybayin was seen by thousands of people all over the world. They now know that Filipinos have a writing system.

I did 2 pieces. 1 was the lyrics to Bawat Bata by Apo Hiking Society and a proverb “Kapag walang tiyaga, walang nilaga”. After I completed the Baybayin art, the public was invited to add to my artwork.

Music by Cassandra Farrar and character mural by Paolo Salazar.

EVENT: Union Square – San Francisco 8/26 2-4PM

On Sunday August 26 from 2-4PM, I’ll be doing live Baybayin art at the world famous Union Square in downtown San Francisco.

Brought to you by Kularts

The Skyflakes, an indie band based in Milpitas, are often lovingly described as ‘cute and bubbly’ or ‘sweet and sugary.’ But underneath the indie rock swirls and cuddly pop hooks are sharp lyrics about putting bullets into yourself, dropping acid, talking shit about co-workers, and meatheads with body image problems. Composed largely of family members, the band is musically and familialy “tight” – with well-crafted electro-garage-pop melodies, hooks, and harmonies.

Dirty Boots is a multi-instrumentalist band focused on vocal harmonies and dynamic song-writing. Members James Dumlao (Drums), and Rachel Lastimosa (Bass/Piano) met each other through a vocal-jazz ensemble in college. Their unique sound combines jazz, hip-hop, indie, and soul influences. Dirty Boots released their self-titled, debut EP in May 2009. In 2011, Dirty Boots served as the house band of the monthly open-mic, In Progress, @ Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA. Their first Full Length Album “Where We Go” was released September 2011.

Cassandra Farrar + The Left Brains is a fusion of folk/pop/rock sounds. With fun, quirky, and upbeat tunes, Cassandra Farrar and her Left Brains bring a variety of relatable and honest music to the table, with unique vocals and catchy hooks to get stuck inside your brain. Born and raised in SF, Cassandra has been writing songs since the 7th grade. Shortly after her high school years, Cassandra met Chris Mayrena of Hyper Raje Records. There, along with Dave Demuth, they began collaboration on her 2nd CD and the final teaming of her band mates the Left Brains, came together. Cassandra Farrar+ the Left Brains are proud to release their debut CD as a band, “Hello My Name Is…”

Join us for live mandala chalk art with talented artists: muralist/painter Paolo Salazar and Baybayin artist Christian Cabuay – grab a piece of chalk and add your own color to Union Square!