Tawi-Tawi Sama and Tausug Music Workshop by Ethnomusicologist and Philippine music virtuoso Bernard Ellorin
Saturday | April 19, 2014 | 6-9pm
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street | SF
$20 Registration Fee
Experience deeper understanding of Sama Badjao and Tausug cultures through music and dance, contextualized within indigenous practices. Join in hands-on learning of indigenous Sama Badjo titik music, Tausug tunis music, and Yakan kuriri taught by Bernard ‘Boom’ Ellorin, ethnomusicologist and prominent American practitioner of indigenous Mindanao and Sulu music
Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez will teach Ba’i Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa’s pangalay technique and her dances: Igal Kusah, Langka Baluwang, Burong Talo, and Pangilok for men and women.
Dancers will learn the National Living Treasure Awardee and Yakan Master Artist, Uwang Ahadas clan’s Paunjalay. Musicians will learn music of Kuriri, the accompaniment for this dance.
Igal Kusah – a Sama Tausug dance mimicking and angry boar
Burong Talo – a Sama Tausug langka or martial arts dance in the style of a fight between two ill-tempered wild cats.
Langka Baruang – a Sama Tausug langka or martial arts dance in the style of angry monkey in the forest. Performed by a skilled martial artist during special occasions and staged performances by the Tambuli Cultural Dance troupe.
Pangilok – a Tausug courtship dance where the man shows off his masculinity with his dance skills called pangasik.
Bernard Ellorin (BA in Ethnomusicology cum laude; MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa) is a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. His research interest is on indigenous ensemble music from the northern and southern Philippines. For nearly 20 years Ellorin has studied with various master artists of kulintang(an) gong-chime music from the Maranao, Maguindanaon, Sama, Tausug and Yakan people from the Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago, Philippines as a musician with the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center of San Diego California. From 2003-2008, Ellorin conducted extensive in-situ fieldwork with native practitioners in order to gain an emic and etic perspective of this diverse musical genre. In 2008, Ellorin received his Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa under the advising of Ricardo D. Trimillos. His thesis is entitled Variants of Kulintangan Performance as a Major Influence on the Musical Identity of the Sama in Tawitawi, Philippines. Ellorin’s experience in performing and teaching music from the Islamized Southern Philippines subsequently lead to the formation of two ensembles that he co-directs with friends and colleagues focused on conserving gong traditions of maritime Southeast Asia: the Pakaraguian Ensemble in San Diego, California, and the Mahalohalo Ensemble originating from Honolulu, Hawaii. From September 2012 to June 2013. Ellorin conducted fieldwork research under the sponsorship of the Fulbright Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange Research and Study Abroad Fellowship. Ellorin’s research topic is on the commodification of the sangbay dance and vocal music of the Sama Bajau in Semporna Settlement, Sabah Malaysia. While doing research, Ellorin was an affiliate with the University of Malaya’s Culture Center under the supervision of Mohammed Anis Nor and Hanafi Hussin. At present, Ellorin lives in San Diego, California, his hometown, as he works on his dissertation about the contemporary Sama Bajau music in the Malaysia and the Philippines.