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Cynthia Alexander is a singer-songwriter, composer and guitar player with a cult following in her native Philippines. Her move to Seattle in 2012 made national news and initiated a widespread conversation about the state of independent art in the Philippines. Now based in Tacoma, Washington, Cynthia is focused on building deeper connections in her new community, while also maintaining close ties with her fans back in Manila.

Throughout her 20-year career, Cynthia has released three award-winning albums and a retrospective album. She collaborated on the highly acclaimed jazz-electronica-folk project Humanfolk with percussionists Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez (Electric Kulintang), jazz guitarist/composer Johnny Alegre, and electronic artist Malek Lopez. She got her start playing gongs and bass with her brother Joey Ayala’s band Bagong Lumad (The New Native), and bass and vocals for the rock band Hayp.

Cynthia has composed music for a feature-length ballet score for the Ballet Philippines' production "Wagas", and was the music director and composer for Sita & Rama: Papet Ramayana, a puppet theater production by the Philippine playwright Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, which premiered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Her songs have also been featured in the Philippine films "Still Life" (2007), and "I'm Drunk, I Love You" (2017).

She has performed at the Lincoln Center with the 'Brooklyn-Manila Project' created by DEORO with cellist/composer Dave Eggar and drummer/producer Chuck Palmer. She was featured in 'World Voices' at the 'Arts House at the Parliament' in Singapore; headlined at the 'Southeast Asian Night Market' in Wellington, New Zealand; the 'Rainforest World Music Festival' in Borneo; in 'Las Tres Marias' with Mexican singer-songwriter Diana Gameros and traditional Navajo music artist Radmilla Cody at the La Peña Cultural Arts Center in Berkeley, CA; Philippine Independence Day celebrations at Union Square in San Francisco; Whitespace Manila for the 2015 Indie Music Awards; and at The Armory in Seattle Center for the Philippine Pagdiriwang Festival (2013-2016). 

Cynthia is a 4Culture TAR (Touring Arts Roster) artist, Tacoma Art Museum volunteer, Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival volunteer, and a Seattle Center Festal EACEF (Ethnic Artist Cultural Enhancement Fund) Grantee.

 



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