He was born and raised in San Francisco, Melecio Magdaluyo grew up listening to the vibrant sounds and styles prominent during the 1970s. Influenced largely by the sounds of James Brown, Tower of Power, Santana and later John Coltrane, Cannon Ball Adderley, Wayne Shorter and Ray Baretto, Melecio’s style reflects a multi-faceted hybrid style uniquely his signature sound. Currently, he teaches at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and is highly sought as an educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. In conjunction with The Alvarado Project, Melecio is the musical director for “Composition – A Filipino American Experience” featuring his brand new original musical works, written for this display and programs this coming Fall.
Janet Alvarado of San Francisco is responsible for all facets of the collaboration overseeing this project. Her first exhibition relays the poignant story of her father’s work, the Filipino American Photographer Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 – 1976). Through My Father’s Eyes is a signature, one of a kind project that has been highly regarded by The Smithsonian Institution and completed a successful national tour from 2002 - 2006. This experience, commitment and vision drive this current work in “Compositions—A Filipino American Experience” an important stepping stone in making the treasured photographs worthy of wider viewership. Janet serves as Executive Director, Curator for The Alvarado Project.
A native San Franciscan, Emil Guillermo went to Lowell High School, and graduated from Harvard College, where he was an Ivy Orator and class humorist, a distinction shared by fellow Lampoon members like James Downey (Saturday Night Live) and Conan O’Brien. As an award-winning journalist, writer, broadcaster and documentarian, Emil Guillermo has chronicled Asian Americans, Filipino Americans, and the issue of diversity in this country like few others. See him anew in “Compositions” as he debuts a theatrical solo performance, one-man show based on historical, creative and personal accounts. Emil is a longtime friend and partner of The Alvarado Project.