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Ninjamamalickum, a.k.a. Jasmine Orpilla, is a Filipina-American vocal medium, ritual performance artist and composer for experimental musical theatre.
Though raised in Saudi Arabia and Japan, her roots remain in her family’s barrio of Salindeg in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Her G3-C7 full vocal range and 250+BPM busting is symbolic of her immersion into various gender-indifferent styles and vocal registers in order to pay respect to the different cultures in which she had immersed herself in order to learn traditional musical/performance practices from Japan, China, Philippines, Morocco, etc. Strongly marked by her experience performing for significant world opera and theatre directors Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Sellars, Akira Matsui (Nogaku, Kita) and Master Pei Yanling (Peking Opera), she teamed up with both ARTA (Association de Recherche des Traditions de l’Acteur) and Grenoble’s Theatre 145 in France, in order to further her exploration of ancient theatrical traditions that connect to the rituals of her own heritage, as well as to her political beliefs in art as a literal MEDIUM for change…
…Jasmine’s cross-disciplinary performance pieces earned her attention in Parisian and Berlin performance festivals as well as the eventual award from the Mayor and City of Paris for original composition, (for jazz quintet, voice, electroacoustic programming of Parisian field recordings and set to Bertolt Brecht’s poetry as translated by Jasmine into French Sign Language; Festival Metiss’Age- l’Amour; Les Chantiers de Blaye, Vues d’Ici 2003; Prix Paris Jeunes Talents, 2004). Her accompanying musical work also received national radio attention in France and currently has distribution throughout Europe (SACEM; Radio France; Edel Records, Warner France)…
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…The youngest and only Filipina-American performing professionally in the Paris circuit in the late 90’s, Jasmine was offered roles in French film and national French television(TF1 2002-2004, ADAMI), participated in the creation of legendary Théâtre du Soleil’s “le Dernier Caravanserail,” and was featured in numerous Parisian theatre companies in the collaboration of original musical theatre works, featuring her compositions (Les Blancs Manteaux, Les Deschargeurs, Théâtre du Chaudron, Cabaret Sauvage). Ironically, she would perform onstage in fluent French for example, if not in Ilocano or German, Japanese, Italian or Cantonese, but never in her native English until coming back to the USA in 2007…
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…In California, she was featured on KTLA Morning, on ABS-CBN for The Filipino Channel and selected for art shows and events throughout L.A. (The Hammer Museum, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, LACMA Art & Technology, LACE, Skirball Cultural Center, OTIS, Machine Project LA, The Hive Gallery, Siren Studios, HumanResourcesLA, Downtown L.A. Artwalk, Chinatown ArtNight, etc). In an array of opposing styles, she has sung at most commercial and underground L.A. music festivals and clubs such as the Knitting Factory, the Crash Mansion, the Steve Allen Theatre, the Echo, Pehrspace, Venice Beach Music Festival, Eagle Rock Music Festival, the Upright Citizens Brigade with Matt Walsh and Tim Meadows, to name a few. In 2008, Jasmine professionally toured solo across the United States performing her multiple voices to represent issues of racial diversity in America. In Spring ’09 she was selected to also perform in ArtTalk (Pasadena Playhouse District, Boston Court Theatre, in solo performance) and ArtNight Pasadena ‘09, for which she, together with the all-Asian-American multidisciplinary post-prog-punk-bebop band Ninja Academy were awarded a performance-grant from the city’s Arts and Culture Commission and the Division of Cultural Affairs. 2009 also marked further development and performance of Jasmine Orpilla’s ‘art-as-social-action’ ritualized heritage pieces which were curated twice in a row by REDCAT in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Such pieces have been integrated into her work as a « controversial » teaching artist (at CALARTS, Pomona College, OTIS etc) and with the generous support of Sony Pictures, William Morris Agency, Deutsch Inc.,Target and more.
Jasmine has collaborated in the creation and live performance of original sound structures with fellow experimental musicians and artists such as Llyn Foulkes, Nels Cline, Steve Roden and Hans Fjellestad. She was awarded the Durfee ARC for her own experimental sound and scores for out-of-the-box musical theatre pieces at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where she was the Vault Ensemble’s weirdest performing member, composer and Musical Director.
More recently, Jasmine Orpilla’s performance in the LATC’s MELANCHOLIA 2013 has received rave reviews for her operatic personification of DEATH. Requested to embody multiple roles of GOD(!), Jasmine Orpilla was subsequently featured as one of LA WEEKLY’s Top 10 Most Memorable Art Events in LA for 2012. In 2014-15, Jasmine lead in fellow psychic medium and theatre director Asher Hartman’s revolutionary spirit-channeled work Purple Electric Play (featured in Art in America, KCET Artbound).
Interesting surprises include: Jasmine’s PSYCHIC « COMING OUT » ritual of conjuring ‘100’ Japanese demons à la Hyakumonogatari, at Machine Project LA, or pitching the latest technology for your Virtual Death at LACMA, or performing with Sheila E at the 34th Playboy Jazz Festival Hollywood Bowl, and at the TED Conference curated by Juan Enriquez and Bill Gates; or Jasmine spitting live the Daveed Diggs’ authored rap, as the platform-heeled, whip-wielding cyberborg Gaze of God in Patrick Kennelly’s « PATTY the Revival » at Highways Performance Space Santa Monica, which was 5 times nominated (Best Musical, Best Ensemble, etc) for LA Weekly’s ’13 Theatre Awards.
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Top of page photo credit: Jasmine Orpilla in « See What Love » (dir. Asher Hartman) photographer Marianne Williamson