The Cotabato Sessions: an evening screening and live performance

Form Follows Function

Presented as part of the LA/Islam Arts Initiative by the filmmakers, FORM follows FUNCTION at The Velaslavasay Panorama, this evening will feature a screening of The Cotabato Sessions and  performances from Los Angeles-based kulintang artist Mary Talusan, San Diego-based kulintang artist Bernard Ellorin, and Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble with Eleanor Lipat, along with analog electronic composer/producer GB (Gifted & Blessed), live-remixing tracks from The Cotabato Sessions soundtrack. 

The Cotabato Sessions is a music-meets-cinema collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra (Song of the Bird King LLC) and director Joel Quizon (FORM follows FUNCTION), and a documentary of the musical legacy of National Heritage artist Danongan Kalanduyan and his family.  The Kalanduyans are part of a minority Islamic tribe in the Philippines, the Maguindanaons, who have been entirely relocated to Cotabato City and elsewhere after many decades of civil unrest in the south. Kalanduyans are practitioners of the indigenous art form known as "kulintang" (rhythmic gong ensemble music) and the colorful dance that often accompanies it, revering the family as respected elders upholding the tradition. With musical performances captured both for the camera and the soundtrack, The Cotabato Sessions is a uniquely intimate music documentary. The film creates a poetic, celebratory work that foregrounds the practitioners of this signature Philippine art form and ponders its future in an increasingly fragmented society. 

Photo Credit: Still from "The Cotabato Sessions"

Sat 12.13 8PM

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The Velaslavasay Panorama

1122 W. 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007