What Is Kulintang?
Among the many Maguindanaon instrumental music forms, kulintang music is the most frequently performed. The kulintang instrument is a set of eight small bossed bronze or brass gongs in graduated sizes, horizontally laid on a rack called antangan (from antang, “to arrange”), and played with soft sticks carved from the Maguindanaon tropical wood varieties known as “tamnag” or “alm.”
Kulintang also refers to the ensemble in which the kulintang instrument is accompanied by four other instruments, and the term kulintang also refers to the music played by any or all of the instruments in the ensemble.
Click on the links below to learn more:
Archive: The Instruments – brief definitions of the instruments involved in the kulintang ensemble.
Archive: Photos – pictures from performances or other events in the late 1990s and early 2000s.