Traversing the musical footprints between Spain, Latin America and the Philippines, Fandangueros’ compositions value tradition as well as its new iterations.

Fandangueros (formerly The Latin Filipino Connection) started out as an outfit to support Florante Aguilar’s commissioned compositions and projects. But the group’s identity evolved through Florante and Chus Alonso’s shared passion for their country’s traditional music – the Philippines and Spain respectively. While Florante’s nationalistic approach acknowledges its Spanish influence, Chus posits that the exchange goes both ways – that Spain’s music is also the beneficiary of many folk traditions from Latin America and beyond. Today, the band performs an instrumental blend of traditional music and its new iterations through their compositions.

Cuarteto Fandangueros

Florante Aguilar

Florante AguilarGuitar

Florante is the leading figure in championing Philippine music art forms in the US and international markets today. He advances and popularizes Philippine music through the medium of film, recordings and live performances. His arrangements and compositions successfully craft the right balance between respect and redefinition of a tradition. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree [&hell...

Chus Alonso

Chus AlonsoFlute & Laud

Chus grew up in Spain. During his childhood he played guitar, Spanish lute, piano, and sang in folkloric groups. In Madrid, studied flute and percussion in the Conservatory. Looking for an alternative education, studied with Pedro Iturralde, the first Spanish musician who explored the fusion between flamenco and jazz. In Barcelona, continued with  jazz composers, That [&hell...

Sage Baggott

Sage BaggottPercussion

Sage is a third-generation drummer who was raised in Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas. With a father in the music business, he grew up in honky-tonks and nightclubs listening to a variety of music, ranging from Western Swing and country, to rockabilly, R&B, Tex-Mex and jazz. He has had a diverse musical education. Having studied classical [&hell...

Greg Kehret

Greg KehretDouble Bass

Greg graduated from the San Francisco State University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music, emphases on Classical Performance. His musical interests have lead him to explore R&B, Hip Hop and Funk, Jazz and Latin Jazz, dream pop, Tango, Romani music, Flamenco and most recently collaborations with Florante Aguilar on The Harana Kings album [&hell...