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  • Filipino American Cultural Night: A Color-Coded Symphony

    Evenings, and part of Thursday Nights

    Sep 28
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    Free with museum admission. $10 after 5 PM

    7:30—8:30 PM

    Samsung Hall

    A Color-Coded Symphony is a performance piece by singer/songwriter Aireene Espiritu that carries listeners through songs and sounds — a lullaby from a childhood growing up in the United States, a folk song from another country, rhythms from regions connecting the audience to their ethnic origins. The first half of the concert will be performed in the dark, for when we listen with our eyes closed, we allow more room to receive, be open and be touched by what we hear. Through this musical experience, Espiritu aims to nurture intercultural openness and explore how we are connected to the rest of the world.  

    “We are fortunate to live in a colorful city that provides access to an array of languages, religions, cultures, cuisines, music and arts. Still, wherever we are, it is human nature to judge and be judged based on our ethnicity, skin color, gender, etc. I've learned from my share of judgments, and I have also personally felt the sting of being judged: to be told as a little girl to go back to my own country, to be banned from meeting a boyfriend’s family because I am not white. I wanted to say, ‘If you only got to know me, I think you’d like me. If you were blind, maybe you would see better.’ There seems to be more emphasis on our differences, the us versus them, the fear and discomfort of the unknown. How can we be more empathetic and curious toward one another, and lessen our tendency to prejudge?

     In music, there are fewer boundaries that separate us. There are similarities in rhythms and themes from all around the world. Music can affect our emotions even when we don't understand the words.”  

    — Aireene Espiritu    

    About the artist

    Aireene Espiritu is a singer/songwriter playing mostly original songs accompanied by Latin/African rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music — a mix of stompin', swayin' and timeless Americana.

    Espiritu was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. She tours solo as well as with her band as Aireene & The Itch. http://www.aireeneespiritu.com.
     

    Her latest project is with Little Village Foundation, a nonprofit label founded by venerable blues keyboardist Jim Pugh. Back Where I Belong, released in July 2016, pays tribute to the great rhythm-and-blues artist Sugar Pie DeSanto and includes favorite American and Filipino folk songs. The album has received positive reviews and recognition from notable press such as KQED's The California Report, All About JazzSan Francisco ChronicleHuffington Post
     

Sponsors

Additional support for the Filipino American History Month Celebration is generously provided by AARP.

Thursday Night Sponsors

Thursday Nights are supported in part by The Hearst Foundations, Inc., The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation, and Dodge & Cox. 


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