Esplanade Presents


Sari-Sari Philippine Kulintang Ensemble

Sari-Sari Philippine Kulintang Ensemble (Singapore)

6 Sep 2023, Wed, 7.15pm & 8.15pm

7 Sep 2023, Thu, 7.15pm & 8.15pm


(Intermission: None)

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Prepare to be swept away on a mesmerising journey as Sari-Sari graces the Esplanade stage once again after four long years! Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of kulintang music and dance from the Southern Philippines in a relaxed setting. The ensemble will play kulintang music in the Maranao and Maguindanaon traditions, such as Katitik Panday and Kantitagaonon (Maranao), and Binalig and Sinulog (Maguindanaon). Audiences will also be treated to an intercultural fusion of kulintang with the timeless elegance of Western classical music and the improvisational flair of jazz.


The second day delves deeper into the art of kulintang, exploring its instruments, styles, rhythmic modes, and cultural contexts. Audiences will have a rare opportunity to learn Binalig, a captivating Maguindanaon rhythmic mode. In this performance demonstration, some audience members will also be invited to try playing an instrument or to learn some basic dance steps.


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Sari-Sari Philippine Kulintang Ensemble

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Sari-Sari Philippine Kulintang Ensemble has been actively performing since 2009, reviving the improvisational practice in the traditional setting and reinvigorating it with a high degree of interaction among the musicians.


Sari-Sari strives for inter-cultural collaborations and has worked with artists from Bali, Kalinga, and Java. Sari-Sari also takes pride in original compositions for kulintang and Western classical instruments, and has worked with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ Dance Programme, Singapore Sounds, and CLARQuinet.


The Tagalog word “sari-sari” means “variety.” It is about the music the ensemble plays, as well as about its current members, who are from the Philippines, Japan and Singapore.


Date & Time

6 Sep 2023, Wed


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

7 Sep 2023, Thu


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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