While at all times retaining a respect for tradition, guitarist Florante Aguilar and singer Lori Abucayan have successfully reinterpreted traditional folk music from their homeland and made it accessible for a whole new global audience.
Their debut album entitled Paraiso captures Florante and Lori’s fresh style and successfully illustrates their dynamic musical perspectives.
The appeal of this record crosses generational and national boundaries. Although the songs are recognisable to those already familiar with the warm Filipino sound, Florante’s contemporary arrangements and Lori’s soulful vocals make this album universally inviting.
Lori Abucayan, vocals Florante Aguilar, acoustic guitar MIngo Lewis, percussion Boyet Aguilar, acoustic bass guitar Mike Walsh, 2nd guitar on track 5
Introducing Florante Aguilar & the Utom Ensemble debuting this June in San Francisco. Featuring music inspired from the T’boli land. @sanfranciscointernationalartsfestival @kularts ... See MoreSee Less
Wrote a piece for the #hangdrum as part of the new work #Utom. Will premiere this June 2019. This Instrument, invented in Switzerland in 2000, works surprisingly well with #kulintang and other Philippine indigenous instruments IMHO. Listen to complete track at www.soundcloud.com/florantea/utom-lake-sebu... See MoreSee Less
Radio Alert! Tune in to 99.3FM The Vine (KVYN) this Friday Sept. 28 830am. I'll be talking about my upcoming show with Bay Area Guitar greats Teja Gerken and Nate Lopez, "3 Guitars: Electric, Steel and Nylon". I'll be playing a couple of pieces too.
[Reserved seating: $12-17] Acclaimed Bay Area guitarists Florante Aguilar, Teja Gerken, and Nate Lopez area teaming up for an eclectic evening of solo and ensemble playing. Presenting a multi-facetted...