Artists of different media. Artists of different scale. Artists of different edges. Artist from different places.
Come join us in a night of waves, vogue and beats with edgy Filipino artist from San Francisco, New York and Seattle.
Singer/songwriter Cynthia Alexander is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing guitar at the age of seven. Her brother, renowned Philippine ethnic folk music artist Joey Ayala, provided her with early chord lessons. In the late '80s she was the bassist for the group Hayp. Hayp were regulars at Manila underground venues such as Club Dredd and Mayric's, but Alexander's skills with the bass instantly brought her international recognition. In 1989, she was selected Best Bass Player at the World Band Explosion Finals in Tokyo, Japan.
Cynthia Alexander writes, performs, arranges, produces and distributes all her albums and even designs the covers and inlays. Alexander has gathered awards for her solo work, her albums INSOMNIA & other Lullabyes (1997), Rippingyarns (2000) and Comet'sTail (2005) are multi-awarded in her home country. She is NU 107 Rock Award's first Female Icon (2004). Her latest release 'Walk Down the Road' (2009) is a celebration of over a decade of songwriting that the artist reflects on the themes of transformation.
Born in Quezon City, Philippines and raised by the beach in a banana plantation in Davao, Mindanao (south of the Philippines), Cynthia is borne from the genes of the Ayala (Davao) clan of artists - daughter of poet-painter Tita Lacambra-Ayala and fictionist painter-poet Jose V. Ayala, Jr.; younger sibling of ethnic folk-rocker Joey Ayala.
She now lives in Seattle.
Carla Sta Cruz
The objective of Carla Sta. Cruz is to draw inspiration from the masters of design, and to redefine, reinvent, and adapt their classic silhouettes in a changing, technology-driven world. At the forefront is an audience of people who define and change the world as well-- the innovators, the dreamers, the changemakers.
This is the audience Carla Sta. Cruz designs for.
Chief designer Carla Sta. Cruz began conceptualizing and illustrating bags and clothes while a student in Parsons. When she began selling bags out of her apartment, Carla lovingly coerced friends and family to buy her products. Soon word of mouth spread, and she now has an intimate group of minions who passionately translate her vision into reality.
Kulintronica - Ron Quesada
Ron Quesada is a musician on a mission to make the “kulintang” a household name. By fusing this ancient Filipino gong instrument with modern electronic dance music, Ron has created a sound all his own that he calls “Kulintronica”. With the release of the single(s) “Calling My Name,” and “River Clouds,” now on iTunes he is preparing to tour and release his debut album in 2014. You can find more info on Ron and his music at kulintronica.com.
Christian’s art is focused on the ancient writing system from the Philippines called Baybayin. It was nearly extinct due to colonization and is being brought back by Christian and a few other young Filipino-Americans. As a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the script, he developed a modern style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) and recently introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum this past October 2012. He has spoken at Stanford, Berkeley, SF State, Davis, Sonoma State and the University of the Philippines.