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 Boy Palacio's arrangement for us of "Afro Blue".
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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 African-American vitners at the Urban Vines wine tasting in Oakland the very next day . . . to dodging Moss Beach Distillery's "The Blue Lady" ghost at Lisa & Mark Melnick's birthday party on Wednesday . . . to Caroline coming back full circle to the I-Hotel the following Saturday to…

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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 and new faces, new community connections and the honor of sharing the stage with seasoned professionals.
As the house band of Club Mandalay we warmed up the crowd with our first Kul Jazz composition, "The Birth of Kul" and continued with a set that included some brand new arrangements.  We were really…Read more
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Previous events

Artisan & Craftsman Marketplace

Cannery Courtyard, 2800 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA

The Artisan & Craftsman Marketplace takes place on the second Sunday of the month and features over 20 makers, manufacturers and artists from San Francisco and the Bay Area. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and features live music. Today, Autonomous will be performing from 12Noon-2pm. Hope to see you there at this FREE family-friendly event! For more info please visit: https://www.cannerycourtyard.com/workshops/2017/10/8/artisan-craftsmen-markerplace

Annual Gala of the Justice & Diversity Center

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.

The Autonomous Region presents Kul Jazz

International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Please join us for a community engagement evening of traditional Philippine kulintang music instruction and presentations of kulintang jazz fusion. This is a FREE event made possible in part from generous grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.

The Autonomous Region presents Kul Jazz

International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Please join us for a community engagement evening of traditional Philippine kulintang music instruction and presentations of kulintang jazz fusion. This is a FREE event made possible in part from generous grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.

The Autonomous Region presents Kul Jazz

International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Please join us for a community engagement evening of traditional Philippine kulintang music instruction and presentations of kulintang jazz fusion. This is a FREE event made possible in part from generous grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.

9th Annual Filipino American Jazz Festival

Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA

Autonomous is proud to present a set of traditional Kulintang, Kul Jazz and new arrangements of jazz standards at this year's Filipino-American Jazz Fest. This will be a heartfelt musical afternoon in Historic Downtown Vallejo as we not only perform at one of the great performance palaces, the Empress Theatre, but also honor musicians Danongan Kalanduyan (Caroline's & Conrad's kulintang mentor) and Lorenzo Calica (Raymond's grandfather). And last but not least we will be sharing the stage with some wonderful musicians from many different musical walks of life: Raffy Lata, On the One, and CRSB.

Annual Gala of the Justice & Diversity Center

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.

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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.