Harana (Philippine Courtship Music) 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Charmaine Clamor, vocals
Celebrated by The New York Times as "a gifted vocalist" and by The Los Angeles Times as "one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade," Filipino-American recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor has earned her Queen of Jazzipino crown. With three consecutive albums in the JazzWeek World Music Top-20, including the rare feat of simultaneously making Top-5 on both the World (#2 ranking) and Traditional Jazz (#4) radio charts, Charmaine has earned unprecedented praise for her cultural trailblazing.
Ric Ickard, guitar, arranger
Richard Alcoy, a.k.a. Ric Ickard, is a Naxos international recording artist who is proficient in diverse music styles, with four CDs to his credit. He is a featured artist at the annual Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville, Tennessee and was a headlining performer at the Philippine International Jazz Festival. Greatly influenced by the recordings of Chet Atkins, Andres Segovia, Roger Williams and Frank Wess, he taught himself how to play the guitar, piano and flute which began at the age of 7. Before initiating formal studies, he performed his first guitar concert at the age of 17. Richard is also an arranger, record producer for many Filipino American jazz artists.
Tagumpay De Leon, rondalla
Tagumpay De Leon (also known as "Pi" De Leon) is the son of the late Philippine composer and national artist, Felipe Padilla de Leon. In 1991 he helped to form the Rondalla Club of Los Angeles (RCLA), along with the late Nitoy Gonzales, former Rondalla maestro of the famed Bayanihan Dance Troupe from the Philippines, and Leonilo "Boy" Angos, also a former member of Bayanihan, son of Nitoy Gonzales. Mr. De Leon teaches the Philippine Music Ensemble in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA.
Gustavo Garcia, percussion
Gustavo Garcia started playing percussion professionally in Mexico at a very young age with different popular bands. He has been performing with Charmaine and Richard since 2005.
MK Punky's Better Angels (7:30pm-8:30pm)
MK Punky is the performance alter-ego of best-selling author and artist Michael Konik. MK is the host of "Revolutionary Words," an open mic for poets, prophets and provocateurs dedicated to social justice.