PACE-MI 

Kulintang Ensemble 

Kulintang (/Cool-in-tongue/) music is an ancient musical tradition among many tribes of the Southern Philippines; the term Kulintang refers to an eight-gong instrument and to the communal percussion ensemble that it features. This ensemble is composed of various instruments varying by tribe but typically includes bandir, a timekeeper, agung , 2-3 bass gongs, dabakan, a goblet drum, and the kulintang. Dressed in malong, a traditional cloth made of handwoven fabric featuring a variety of geometric or organic designs, the music played by the Kulintang player can be recreational, virtuosic, to accompany a dance, or even as a sacred form of meditation and healing. This performance features a few members of the Kulintang Ensemble from the Philippine Arts & Culture Ensemble of Michigan (PACE-MI).