Antoniel Roca is an Ethnomusicology doctoral student researching the impact of Filipino-North American diasporic identity on the thought and composition process of independent musicians in urban Philippines. His study will also touch on the music genre kundiman, and the ways in which it was utilized as propaganda during both the revolution against the Spanish and the Filipino-American War.
Antoniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from Burman University and a Master of Arts in Music specializing in composition and piano pedagogy from Andrews University. He is currently the graduate assistant for York University’s symphony orchestra. Most recently he was a member of Patrick Alcedo’s dance exhibition as part of Toronto’s interuniversity CRAM festival. Antoniel has worked in a variety of music disciplines that include classical and gospel choral ensembles, liturgical and contemporary church music, Filipino rondalla and angklung groups as well as jazz and independent/alternative bands.
Keywords: Ethnomusicology; Filipino diaspora; identity; post-colonialism; hybridity in music; alterity