Available Kulintang Instruments 

Kulintang Instruments for Sale in North America

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Do It Yourself

How to Make Your Own Antangan (kulintang stand) and Betay (kulintang sticks):

How to Make Your Own Kulintang Stand and Playing Sticks (in North America)


About Some Noted Traditional Kulintang Teachers

Aga Mayo Butocan  Aga Mayo Butocan at the Ateneo University (Philippines)

Danongan “Danny” Kalanduyan  Danny Kalanduyan at the National Endowment for the Arts (U.S.A.)

Kanapia Kalanduyan  Kanapia Kalanduyan at the University of the Philippines


Traditional Kulintang Performance Groups in California/United States

Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble (San Diego, California)

Little Manila Dance Collective & Kulintang Academy (Stockton, California)

San Francisco Kulintang Legacy (a national group; an extension of San Francisco Kulintang Project)

San Francisco Kulintang Project (San Francisco Bay Area, California)


Kulintang Instructors Currently Teaching in California/United States

San Diego, California: Bernard Ellorin, Ph.D.  (teaching in the East Bay during Fall 2017)

San Francisco, California:  Conrad Benedicto.   ConradBenedicto @ gmail.com (remove spaces)

San Francisco: Caroline Cabading

San Francisco Bay Area: Titania Buchholdt (limited availability)

San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay: Ron Quesada  

Sonoma county, California: Alexis Canillo

Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland area: Mitchell Yangson

For further information, please contact info @ kulintang.org     (remove spaces before and after the @ symbol)


Modern Kulintang Music in North America

Kulintronica (San Francisco Bay Area, California)

Subla (San Francisco Bay Area, California)

The Autonomous Region (San Francisco, California)

Gingee (Southern California)

DATU (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Pantayo (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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Selected Reference Materials

Asian Music: Journal of the Society for Asian Music.  Volume XXVII-2, Spring / Summer, 1996. Asian Music Journal: Kulintang Music issue

Benitez, Kristina.  2005.  The Maguindanaon Kulintang: Musical Innovation, Transformation and the Concept of Binalig, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Ph.D. Dissertation.

Butocan, Aga Mayo. 1987. Palabunibunyan: a repertoire of musical pieces for the Maguindanao Kulintangan [sic]. Manila: Philippine Women’s University.

Cadar, Usopay H. 1971.  The Maranao Kulintang Music: an Analysis of the instruments, musical organization, etymologies and historical documents, Seattle: University of Washington, M.A. Thesis.

Kalanduyan, Danongan S.  1984.  The Performance of Maguindanaon Kulintang Music of the Southern Philippines.  Seattle: University of Washington, M.A. Thesis.

Maceda, José. 1963.  The music of the Maguindanao in the Philippines, Los Angeles: University of California, Ph.D. Dissertation.

_____. 1998. Gongs & bamboo: a panorama of Philippine music instruments. Quezon City: University of the Philippines

Gonzalves, Theodore S.  2009.  The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Otto, Steven Walter. 1976.  The Maranao Kakolintang. An approach to the Repertoire.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Ph.D. Dissertation.

_____. 1985. The Maranao Kakolintang. An approach to the Repertoire.  Marawi: Mindanao State University.

Posner, Karen L. 1980.  The Magindanaon Kulintang, Seattle: University of Washington, M.A. Thesis.

Scholz, Scott. 1981.  The Supportive Role of the Agung in the Maguindanaon Kulintang Ensemble.  Seattle: University of Washington, M.A. Thesis.

Talusan, Mary.  2017.  Recording review of “Kulintang: Gong Music from Mindanao in the Southern Philippines” and “Maranao Culture at Home and in the Diaspora.”  Asian Music: Journal for the Society for Asian Music.  Volume 48-1, pp. 135-139.  Austin:University of Texas Press.

_____.  2014.  “Muslim Filipino Traditions in Filipino American Popular Culture.”  Muslims and American Popular Culture, Volume 1.  Ann Rypstat Richards and Iraj Omidvar, eds.  New York: Praeger.

Terada, Yoshitaka. 1983.  The role of the Gandingan in the Magindanaon Kulintang Ensemble. Seattle: University of Washington, M.A. Thesis

Trimillos, Ricardo Diosdado. 1972. Tradition and repertoire in the cultivated music of the Tausug of Sulu, Philippines. Los Angeles: University of California, Ph.D. Dissertation.


Selected Discography

Banasil, Sindao, 1997.  Pakaradia-an: Maranao Epic Chants and Instrumental Music (Tao Music 004)  Sindao Banasil recording at Amazon.com

Butocan, Aga Mayo, 1995.  Earth Kulintang (Tao Music), cassette.

__________, 1995. Maguindanao Kulintang (Tao Music)  Aga Mayo Butocan recording at Amazon.com

Houn (Ho), Fred, 1988.  A Song for Manong: the Soundtrack to Part 3 of Bamboo that Snaps Back, featuring the Asian American Art Ensemble and Kulintang Arts (AsianImprov 0003).  A Song for Manong recording at Amazon.com

Kalanduyan, Danongan S., 2004.  The Old Tradition of Maguindanaon Kulintang

Kalanduyan, Danongan S. and Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble, 2001. Pakaraguian sa Maguindanao: A Celebration of Kulintang Music & Dance (Mindanao Lilang-Lilang CD001)

__________, 2003.  Traditional Kulintang Music and Dance of the Southern Philippines (Mindanao Lilang-Lilang CD002)

Kulintang Arts, 1989.  Ancient Rhythms/Urban Sounds.

__________, 1992.  Cycles: Timeless Rituals to Ancient Icons.

Kulintronica, 2015.  Till the Break of Gong  Kulintronica recording at Amazon.com

Mindanao Kulintang Ensemble, 1995.  Kulintang: Traditional Gong Music from Mindanao Island, Philippines

Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, undated (c. 2010).  Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble.

Various artists, 1955.  Music of the Magindanao [sic] in the Philippines, vol. 1 & 2 (Smithsonian Folkways FW04536/FE4536)  Dr. Jose Maceda’s dissertation research field recordings at Smithsonian Folkways Records

Various artists, 1996.  Gifts from the past: Philippine music of the Kalinga, Maranao and Yakan (Manu Music)  Sindao Banasil performs Maranao music, Beni Sokkong performs Kalinga music: 1992 studio recordings at Wellington, New Zealand

World Kulintang Institute, 1994.  Kulintang: Ancient Gong/Drum Music from the Southern Philippines (World Kulintang Records 72551)


Selected Video:

“The Cotabato Sessions” (released 2014) is provided courtesy of the film’s producer (Susie Ibarra) and director (Joel Quizon), in memory of the life and legacy of Danny Kalanduyan.

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2016 video by Alexander JR; as edited and broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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KQED — San Francisco public television series “Spark” — released ~2006