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
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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
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Previous events

Sep11

Autonomous celebrates the Autumn Moon Fest

International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Autonomous is back at the I-Hotel's Club Mandalay with a specially scheduled event to celebrate the 2016 Autumn Moon Festival. Check out this popular Chinatown street festival . . . and when you're ready for a break, join us down the street at the I-Hotel Center for a set of Kul Jazz, jazz standards and R&B covers. This event is FREE and Family-Friendly.

Club Mandalay featuring Boy Palacio

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

The Autonomous Region is happy to present the latest original arrangements and jazz stylings of renowned Philippine composer, arranger and pianist Maestro Dio "Boy" Palacio. Autonomous has been collaborating with Boy since March of this year and we're proud to present his first set of arrangements for us. Please join us!

Club Mandalay in July

International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Club Mandalay is back with more great music and dance! As the I-Hotel's house band, The Autonomous Region will continue to present standards, new arrangements of jazz classics and their own Kul Jazz compositions. This month our guest artists are Tahitian dance and music ensemble Tiare O Te Ao. This is a family-friendly event. All ages welcome.

Vallejo Pista sa Nayon

Vallejo Waterfront, Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA

Come and experience the celebration of Philippine Independence Day as Autonomous takes the stage at Vallejo's Pista sa Nayon outdoor cultural festival.

The festivities kick-off with a great parade on Marin Street and Capitol Street in Vallejo, then continues with non-stop entertainment on two stages and ends at at the renowned Vallejo Waterfront. This annual event is one of Vallejo’s largest FREE outdoor festivals that draws crowds wanting to sample Philippine cuisine, soak up Filipino hospitality, and enjoy entertainment that crosses all ages, cultures and ethnicities. Come and experience the Philippine Culture first hand. Bring the whole family!

Club Mandalay @ the I-Hotel

International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

In celebration of Asian American Heritage Month we're back at the I-Hotel's PopUp "Club Mandalay" with more music, food, art and conversation! As the I-Hotel’s house band, we will present our own arrangements of jazz classics, traditional Philippine kulintang music, and our Kul Jazz compositions. Also back to collaborate with us will be Manilatown's Resident Poet Tony Robles presenting both his own work and a special selection from his Uncle Al Robles’ poetry. Then finally, we will be opening up the stage for a Community Jam Session. As always, this will be a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.

7th Annual CSM Asian Pacific American Film Festival

College of San Mateo, 1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard, CSM Theatre Building 03, San Mateo, CA

The Autonomous Region is happy to open the College of San Mateo's 2016 APA Film Festival with a selection of traditional Philippine Kulintang, "Kul Jazz", and jazz standards inspired by the Asian American experience. $10 Suggested Donation. FREE for Students and Faculty/Staff with proper ID

Club Mandalay

International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Club Mandalay is back with more great music, food, art and conversation! As the I-Hotel's house band, The Autonomous Region will continue to present standards, new arrangements of jazz classics and their own Kul Jazz compositions. This month our guest artists are East Bay Latin ensemble Calle Ocho, poet Tony Robles and culinary artist Beverly Bitagon of Chickpea Chick. This is a family-friendly event. All ages welcome.

Urban Vines Wine & Food Tasting

Imagine Affairs Art Lounge, 408 14th Street, Oakland, CA

The Autonomous Region is happy to musically support Urban Vines as it closes out its month of events celebrating African American winemakers and wine lovers with this very special tasting! Join us for a relaxed afternoon of wine tasting over 25 wines, music, art, food and conversation.

For more info please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1657608504521938/