music comes from the Philippines, named after a percussion instrument that consists
of eight gongs it is also used as the name of the music being played. The duo,
Susie Ibarra (composer/percussionist, vocals) and Roberto Rodriguez (composer/percussionist,
beat maker) colaborate in the blending and creation of this Filipino trip-hop.
Filipina-American Composer/Percussionist Susie Ibarra is best
known for her individual artistry on percussion and genre-defying music. Cuban
born drummer/percussionist and composer Roberto Rodriguez brings groundbreaking
new music through his original musical voice.
Electric Kulintang formed in 2005, after Ibarra and Rodriguez,
traveled to the Philippines to research live Kulintang music and dance. Ibarra,
in 2002, composed and performed with an electro-acoustic ensemble that included
the kulintang instrument but through the encouragement of Rodriguez to make
the kulintang electric, EK was born. With Rodriguez programming beats and Ibarra
composing the music, Electric Kulintang has already caught the attention of
the Magic Triangle Festival in Amherst, Musica a Metronom in Barcelona, and
the American Composers Out Front! series at Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre
in NYC. These live performances have been joined by the likes of Thurston Moore
(who guests on Dialects), Oz Noy (also guests on Dialects), Sean Lennon, Craig
Taborn and Trevor Dunn.
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