Welcome to Kul Jazz

The Autonomous Region performs both classic standards and modern arrangements of jazz favorites. Led by vocalist Caroline Cabading, this tradition-rooted ensemble also presents original compositions that fuse jazz with kulintang, a pre-colonial music of the Philippines.  

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Presenting Kul Jazz

Hot off the editing machine is this slideshow honoring the 1977 International Hotel Anti-Eviction Struggle that features new song selections, including in order of appearance: a traditional kulintang song, "Kasulampid", our first Kul Jazz tune, "The Birth of Kul", and…Read more

Staying Awake and Protecting Sown Seeds

So much has happened to the Autonomous crew in just a week's time!   

We've gone from spontaneous hula at Leap Year baby Raymond's "11th" birthday party at the I-Hotel on February 27th . . . to musically celebrating…

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The Manilatown Jazz Scene

Our first performance of 2016 (January 31st)  was also the first  Club Mandalay PopUp jazz club of the year at the I-Hotel Center - and boy did we start the year off great with a packed house of familiar…Read more

Previous events

Book and Jazz Club - The Dutch Connection

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International Hotel Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA

Please join Taiwan Cafe for an intriguing book discussion and a night of Jazz with The Autonomous Region!

As the fall weather sets in, what could be cozier than a fireside chat with Joyce Bergvelt about her new book, "Lord of Formosa"? This captivating novel, inspired by historical events, dramatizes the confrontations between the Dutch colony of Taiwan and 17th century Chinese warlord, Zhen Chenggong (Koxinga).

After our chat with the author, we will settle back and enjoy the seductive sounds of The Autonomous Region to get you ready for the weekend!

For more information and to sign up for this event please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-and-jazz-club-the-dutch-connection-tickets-51183655692

Justice & Diversity Center Annual Gala

Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA

Autonomous is happy to be the reception music providers at the Annual Gala of the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

This is the Event of the Season for the Bay Area legal community where they celebrate their combined investment in justice and diversity.

Chinatown Moon Festival

Washington Street & Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Please join Autonomous at the Chinatown Moon Festival on Saturday, September 15th! We will be performing a classic jazz set at 1:30pm on the Washington Street & Grant Avenue stage.

This is a free family-friendly street fair. Hope to see you there!

Club Mandalay

International Hotel Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA

Come on out and Chill Out at our Club Mandalay PopUp live music club and I-Hotel Bakes Cafe on Friday, August 10th!

This month we will be featuring Kul-Jazz and Standard Jazz sets starting at 7pm with the I-Hotel's house band "The Autonomous Region". Holding it down as usual with vocalist Caroline Cabading will be Raymond Bambao on Bass, Chris Planas on Guitar, Harold Ohashi on Drums and guest musicians Jibril Alvarez on piano, Carlos Zialcita on Harmonica and Frank Holder and Patrick Tamayo on percussion.

And maybe just maybe culinary artist Nico Dacumas will be bringing back I-Hotel Bakes' amazing ube cupcakes? Well, you won't know for sure unless you show up! Come by before the music starts to socialize over treats. The cafe opens as early as 6pm.

As always, Club Mandalay is FREE and Family-Friendly . . . but if you RSVP via EventBrite we'll give you a thank you gift!

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/club-mandalay-tickets-48287449060