This July 21, Saturday, 2PM to 3PM at Studio Gibney, 280 Broadway, Studio Y, ACTA (Alliance of California Traditional Arts) Master Artist Titania Buchholdt will be holding a special #kulintang workshop in New York! There’s a $20 workshop fee for the space & for the teacher. Message us here or at 4157979722 for more details. We hope to see you there!
During the mid 1970s, as a youth in Manila, Titania Buchholdt was introduced to the ensemble instruments by her mother, and she studied informally with musicians who worked with the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company. It was in 1993 when she was reintroduced to the music form in the Bay Area working with a variety of musicians including Frank Holder, Dana Nunez, and Joey Maliga.
She finally connected with late master artist Danongan “Danny” Kalanduyan, recipient of the NEA's National Heritage Fellowship, and began a long-lasting mentorship and study of kulintang and Filipino culture, becoming a central member of Kalanduyan’s Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble. In 2001 Buchholdt and Kalanduyan were awarded a contract as part of ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program. She went on to study with a variety of other master kulintang musicians in Mindanao, Philippines, establishing herself as an accomplished practitioner of the music and tradition. Buchholdt entered into the tradition at an early stage of its manifestation within the United States, specifically the California Bay Area. Her understanding of its development, participants, and evolution as a transnational expression between the United States and the Philippines is quite unique. Buchholdt is currently co-producing a documentary based on kulintang musicians from five cultures in Mindanao: Maguindanao, Maranao, Teduray, Tboli, and Blaan.
As a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2017, Titania Buchholdt will be mentoring her apprentice Lauren Benetua on the musical practice of the kulintang ensemble and culture. The apprenticeship will center upon developing Benetua’s skills on the various instruments of the ensemble, focusing on three musical pieces that have culturally significant roles within the Maguindanaon and Maranao culture.