Thank you to all who came to the world premier of Aswang the Concert. We hope you enjoyed this new iteration of the song cycle. The Aswang Concert will return onstage on May 27 as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Ticket details coming soon! ... See MoreSee Less
A very big THANK YOU to all who came to the world premier of "Aswang"! We hope you enjoyed visiting the realm of the beasts! Here's the link to the current working soundtrack if you'd like to hear the songs again.
The next performance of "Aswang" is on May 27, 6pm at the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason. More details coming soon. Watch out for the new Facebook event page.
Cast Profile - Leon Palad, who plays the Tikbalang, attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under scholarship and has performed with the San Francisco Lyric Opera’s Il Trovatore, Tosca, Werther, and La Traviata. He has appeared in Bear Valley Opera’s productions of Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Rigoletto and Barber of Seville, and in Redwood Symphony’s Porgy & Bess. He was a featured soloist in Bravo! Showcase recitals in Northern California, Texas and Oregon. Mr. Palad performed in the centennial celebration of New York’s Carnegie Hall, and as the tenor soloist in the Sing-it-Yourself Messiah at Davies Symphony Hall. He is a recipient of the Frances Ullman Award, 1st Place in the 1995 National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competition, and the SF Concerto Vocal Award. Mr. Palad is currently the choir director at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Church of the Epiphany. He released a CD recording of songs from the golden era called “Essential Tango”. Leon first worked with New Art Media in the workshop stagings of Aswang in 2013 in San Francisco.
Kyle de Ocera makes a great Isagani. The toughest critic, my 5 year old daughter, says Isagani's songs are her favorite because "they are cool." I look forward to seeing Kyle in action in the upcoming Aswang the Concert. ... See MoreSee Less
Cast Profile - Kyle de Ocera, who plays Isagani and the Syokoy, is an actor, poet, vocalist, and musician who hail from Project 8, Quezon City, Philippines and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed and collaborated with theatre groups and arts organizations such as Kulintang Arts and Brava theatre’s HipHop ensemble Colored Ink. Kyle has also served as a program coordinator and teacher with Pinoy/Pinay Educational Partnerships where he initiated a bilingual lunchtime program for high school students in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. Kyle first worked with New Art Media in 2008 in the production "Lalawigan: A Song Cycle" as Isagani.
Very excited to have Charmaine Clamor play the Manananggal in the upcoming world premier of Aswang the Concert! We have been working together on and off since the FWN's Vagina Monologues in 2007. Always a pleasure to work with her, such a unique and dynamic performer. ... See MoreSee Less
Cast Profile - Charmaine Clamor will portray the Manananggal. She was raised in Subic-Zambales, Philippines, and is the world’s most celebrated Filipino-American jazz vocalist. Known as the “Queen of Jazzipino,” she has given concerts on five continents, including a command performance at Malacañang Palace for President Benigno Aquino, Jr., Mexico’s Women in Jazz Festival, and as headliner for Helsinki Finland’s World Music Village. As a recording artist, Charmaine has collaborated with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, South Africa’s Selaelo Selota, and American blues legend Linda Hopkins. She released five critically acclaimed albums as a solo artist, most recently “The Better Angels,” produced and arranged by pianist Laurence Hobgood. Charmaine is the co-founder of JazzPhil-USA and The Better Angels Festival. She holds an MPT in Physical Therapy from C-SUN and owns a holistic wellness practice, Be Well Therapy, in Los Angeles. Charmaine has worked with Florante on and off since 2007.
Cast Profile - Giovanni Ortega is the Host in the upcoming Aswang the Concert. Gio's multi-disciplinary approach makes him an ideal Host/Narrator for "Aswang". He is a great actor who internalizes the part so perfectly. See his performance on Jan. 28th at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. ... See MoreSee Less
Cast Profile - Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) plays the Host or Master of Ceremonies. He recently came back from Berlin where he performed a Cabaret Chansòn at Galerie Studio St St in Neukölln, followed by another cabaret show in Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Additional credits include: President Marcos in Imelda - The Musical, Romance of Magno & Dogeaters. As a playwright, he wrote Criers for Hire, which became the highest grossing world premiere play for East West Players Theater. Ortega wrote and performed ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan, which has been performed in Hawaii, Chicago, Kampala Theatre Festival in Uganda, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Austria and Singapore. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance Department of Pomona College. Visit Gio at: www.giovanniortega.com