Healing Waters

By floranteaguilar / July 18, 2021 / On Composing and Composers, On Playing Classical Guitar / No Comments

Florante Aguilar performs his own composition Healing Waters.

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Lahat ng Araw (Silayan)

By floranteaguilar / April 5, 2020 / Harana, Videos / 1 Comment

  Written in 1939, this song is about shining a light and giving hope. Lahat ng Araw, more popularly known as “Silayan” for its opening word, was written by Miguel Velarde, Jr., the same composer of the ever popular Dahil sa Iyo. I have such deep respect for composers who can write indelible...

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Utom Videos

By floranteaguilar / April 7, 2019 / On Composing and Composers, Videos / No Comments

Just dropping these videos today! Concert  dates below: June 1, 2019 – San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason, SF Tickets:  https://bit.ly/2tYxR1A June 9, 2019 Brava Theater, SF Tickets: https://bit.ly/2CcWyMh   

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A Sinister Sounding Christmas Song

By floranteaguilar / November 25, 2018 / On Composing and Composers, On Playing Classical Guitar, Videos / No Comments

There is something about this christmas song, Carol of the Bells, that I’ve always found intriguing. It is probably the darkest and most sinister sounding christmas song that I know of. It was pointed out to me by a friend and fellow composer Roman Turovsky (wiki) that it was a Ukrainian me...

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Fun with Arranging – Erik Satie’s Gnossiennes #1

By floranteaguilar / August 23, 2018 / On Composing and Composers, Videos / No Comments

I like goofing around with known classical pieces. I don’t know why I do this but sometimes I hear pieces in my head differently. In my mind, certain pieces work better a certain way based entirely on my personal preference and musical disposition at a given time. Case in point, Erik Satie&...

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Music Video – Death of Isagani (Pagkamatay ni Isagani)

By floranteaguilar / April 8, 2018 / Videos / No Comments

Excerpt from Aswang the Concert performed and recorded live at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. PAGKAMATAY NI ISAGANI (Death of Isagani) This is the story of Isagani, a fisherman-by-day and spy-by-night during the Philippine revolution. The song finds him being pursued by the Spani...

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How to Write a Song When You’re in a Rut

By floranteaguilar / January 15, 2018 / On Composing and Composers, Videos / No Comments

Florante talks about one of the most reliable technique he uses when writing a song, especially when stuck in a rut. The song is called Ang Tumao, one of the songs for the Aswang Song Cycle. Here’s a link to listen to the full song:

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Rosas Pandan

By floranteaguilar / December 25, 2017 / Most Popular, On Playing Classical Guitar, Videos / No Comments

Not exactly a Filipino Xmas song but definitely in the same festive spirit. Rosas Pandan is a Visayan folksong that speaks of a maiden who came down from the mountains to celebrate fiesta. Lots of dancing, singing and courtship ensued. Happy Holidays!

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ASWANG the Concert Coming to Napa January 2018

By floranteaguilar / December 13, 2017 / Press Releases / No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASWANG  Comes Alive in Napa on January 28, 2018 December 13, 2017 (NAPA, CALIFORNIA) – New Art Media Productions, the makers of the award-winning HARANA documentary, will kick off the New Year with a live concert for their upcoming feature film, ASWANG, Mga Kwentong Halimaw,...

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Florante Receives 2016 Gerbode Composition Award

By floranteaguilar / February 6, 2017 / Press Releases / No Comments

On February 1, 2017, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation announced that Florante Aguilar along with presenting organization KulArts, are one of the six recipients of $50,000 grants to support the creation and production of new music by California composers. Billed as “today’s most influentia...

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