Inspired by images in the archives of Filipino American photographer Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914-1976), “Compositions - A San Francisco Filipino American Experience” is a new and significant collaboration featuring three artistic genres. This project provides a yet uncrossed bridge to the Filipino American legacy which we must build in order to connect our generations - pioneer to young - to one another. Each genre; photography, creative writing and music is under the care of Filipino American artists born and bred in San Francisco.
Janet M. Alvarado, Curator and Executive Director of The Alvarado Project, has personally selected photographs from her father Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado’s archive of over 3,000 images which carry forward the theme of multi-generational Filipino American voices in San Francisco. In a nod to “Through My Father’s Eyes”, she illustrates the many stories gathered along the way to create “Compositions”.
Emil Guillermo collaborates with The Alvarado Project as writer/editor to showcase the voices of an engaging group of established and emerging Filipino American writers. “Claiming Our Stories” by The Alvarado Project, is the anthology that complements the project’s historical images with the insight and context of the evolving community. Listen to personal perspectives that reveal the heartbeat of a community. Guillermo adds the world debut of his one-man play, “Emil Amok,” an autobiographical solo theatrical performance on life as a American Filipino in San Francisco.
Melecio Magdaluyo, a master musician and bay area treasure in the Jazz scene contributes original music inspired by the images of Ricardo Alvarado. Each piece is written and arranged featuring original musical compositions. Thus, Melecio’s compositions soulfully provides sonic expression of the rich bay area Filipino American experience.
This important collaboration will provide a conduit between scholars, artists, educators, students and communities to explore the rich, yet lesser explored, Filipino American experience. “Compositions” opens to the public September 2014 through December 2014 at the San Francisco Main Public Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th floor, San Francisco History Center.