Photography by Jeff Hunt
Since she was a little girl, Aireene Espiritu has searched for a place where she felt she belonged.
In Part 1, Aireene, who today is a musician, talks about her childhood in the Philippines and on the East Coast. Her mom had to work three jobs to support her and her brother, and so Aireene came west to live with family in Milpitas. She eventually found her way to San Francisco, when she enrolled at SF State.
A few years later, she started going to open mics, first in the Sunset, then later at Hotel Utah. After being inspired by some of the folks she saw get up and perform, Aireene soon started to play music herself.
Aireene took her calling to become a musician seriously.
In Part 2, Aireene takes us back through the story of her music. It started with open mics. Then she bought her first ukulele. From there, it's a winding journey across continents and back to the Bay Area, where Aireene established Color-Coded Symphony.
We recorded this podcast at Pinhole Coffee in Bernal Heights in March 2020.