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Photo by Paul Mori

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. 

Band Members

Florante Aguilar
Guitar

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...

Greg Kehret
Double 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 e...

Sage Baggott
Percussion

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 l...

Chus Alonso
Flute & 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...

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