The Music of Bae Makiling – An Interview by Kularts

This blog post is republished from Kularts website. Click here for the original post. This week we sit down with the man behind the music, Florante Aguilar. Maybe you know him from his original score for Jay Loyola’s 2014 dance theater work Maség Typhoon, or his music for Alleluia Panis’ […]

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By floranteaguilar / September 15, 2016 / On Composing and Composers / No Comments

State of the Filipino Arts in the U.S. and Diaspora

 The following post appears as part of an article on Dialogue on Philippine Dance and Culture event in San Francisco, and published by Inquirer.net. The interview was conducted by Wilfred Galila and is presented in its complete unedited version. WG: How do you feel about being recognized as one of the […]

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By floranteaguilar / May 26, 2016 / On Composing and Composers, Press Releases / No Comments

Fandango-Pandanggo 10K Run and Cavite el Viejo

Working on  Cavite el Viejo – a suite I’m composing to premiere at Fandango-Pandanggo show on May 21, 2016 in San Francisco. Cavite el Viejo is the archaic name for my hometown of Kawit, Cavite in the Philippines. Each of the 12 movements are named after the barrios of Kawit. […]

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By floranteaguilar / March 31, 2016 / On Composing and Composers, On Playing Classical Guitar, Videos / No Comments

Guest Blog: Chus Alonso on Upcoming Show Fandango-Pandanggo

By Chus Alonso For those of you who know me, you might think it is a bit out of character for me to be planning to run the Napa Valley Silverado 10-K Marathon on April 17. If you told me a few months ago I would be running a 10-K […]

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By floranteaguilar / March 26, 2016 / Guest Blog, Press Releases / No Comments

Florante Gives a Talk at the Apple Store in SF

  CAAM has partnered with the Apple Store San Francisco to present CAAM: Creating Award-Winning Documentaries on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Join filmmakers Florante Aguilar and Fides Enriquez, and cinematographer Peggy Peralta as they discuss the process and passion behind Harana. The award-winning documentary tells the story of the last performers of harana—the lost […]

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By floranteaguilar / April 30, 2015 / Harana, Press Releases / No Comments

She, Who Can See – A Multimedia Dance Theater

Music, Film and Theater! What more can you ask for? I’m very excited to compose the music for a multimedia dance theater piece She, Who Can See with my fellow collaborators Alleluia Panis (creator) and Wilfred Gallila (video artist). Premieres this May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 in San Francisco. Details below. Enjoy! […]

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By floranteaguilar / April 24, 2015 / On Composing and Composers, Videos / No Comments

The Dadap Aguilar Duo

Fun with my mentor maestro Michael Dadap. We’re preparing for a series of performances and a recording this year. Enjoy!

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By floranteaguilar / February 8, 2015 / On Playing Classical Guitar, Videos / No Comments

Still a Classical Geek at Heart

Sylvius Leopold Weiss was a rock star lutenist in the 1700s, equal to JS Bach on playing fantasies and fugues. He remains one of my fave composers, albeit a little unheralded.

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By floranteaguilar / August 4, 2014 / On Playing Classical Guitar, Videos / No Comments

Florante’s Interview At the NYC Harana Premiere

Florante Aguilar’s interview at the Asian American International Film Festival’s New York premiere of HARANA. The original publication can be found here. ### Harana is a long-abandoned Filipino courtship serenade, which originated in the Spanish colonial period. In this award-winning documentary, guitarist Florante AGUILAR returns to the Philippines from the […]

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By floranteaguilar / August 5, 2013 / Harana, Kundiman, Press Releases / 5 Comments

Top 10 Misconceptions About the Custom of Harana (Filipino Serenade)

By Florante Aguilar and Fides Enriquez Harana is the vanished tradition of serenading prevalent in old Philippines. While most Filipinos are still familiar with this custom, it is mostly that – only a passing familiarity exists. We can hardly be blamed because there truly was no in-depth study ever done […]

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By floranteaguilar / November 2, 2012 / Harana, Most Popular / 14 Comments