The "kudyapì" is considered the national musical instrument of the Philippines. However, there is not much known about the great variety of different shapes and designs as well as different styles of boat lute music, each of them typical for specific ethnic groups in the Philippines. This Philippine Studies Series Berlin lecture which is co-organised by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Germany will present video samples of boat lute playing from many indigenous peoples cultures in Mindanao (Magindanaon, Talaandig, Tboli, Blaan, Tasaday, Tagakaulu, Agusan Manobo, Ata, Matigsalug, Obo, Dulangan and Western Bukidnon Manobo, Mandaya, Mangguangan and Subanen) as well as Palawan (Pala’wan and Batak).
The wohnzimmer lecture will be given by Hans Brandeis, a German ethnomusicologist. During 15 field trips, starting in 1976 and comprising a period of four years, he collected data on Philippine traditional music. In the 1980s, he mainly studied the music of the Bukidnon (Talaandig, Higaonon) and since the 1990s the boat lute traditions (kutiyapì et al.) in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia.