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Playful Textures (Full Performance) by Morse Percussion | Soundislands: Re:Sound
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Playful Textures (Full Performance) by Morse Percussion | Soundislands: Re:Sound

Traverse the sonic world of possibilities with Morse Percussion through their rhythm-induced performance. Featuring Derek Koh and Cheong Kah Yiong, the performance set showcases an eclectic range of percussion instruments and found objects – from caxixi shakers from Brazil and Western orchestral percussion instruments like the triangle and snare drum, to your everyday flowerpots! About the Performers Derek Koh Touted as “one of the most promising musicians of his generation” (The Straits Times), Derek Koh’s sensitive musical voice and dynamism has led him to work with art forms of all genres and mediums, from western and Chinese classical music to theatre and dance. Derek is Co-founder and Creative Director at Morse Percussion, Secretary-General at the Percussion Association of Singapore, and percussionist at Chinese chamber ensemble Ding Yi Music Company. Highly flexible and collaborative, Derek has premiered over fifty solo and chamber works, and has worked and recorded with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Derek is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music and Royal College of Music, and is currently music faculty at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Tanglin Trust School. Cheong Kah Yiong One of the most highly sought-after percussionists in Singapore due to his flexibility in Western and Chinese music literature, Cheong Kah Yiong has performed with many of Singapore's most important ensembles including the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Ding Yi Music Company and Arts Fission. He is also part of contemporary percussion collective Morse Percussion. Kah Yiong currently serves as a military musician in Singapore Armed Forces Central Band. He performed with the band both locally and internationally. Notable performances include In Harmony 34th and 35th (Acting Principal Timpanist) and Chamber Repertory XVI (Soloist) performing Triptych Boom by Chad Floyd, accompanied by the Band’s Percussion Ensemble. Kah Yiong has spent summers in both the Asian Youth Orchestra and Pacific Region International Summer Academy. Most recently, he recorded percussion for Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. A graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), his mentors include Mark Suter, Christian Schioler, Ted Atkatz and Rob Knopper. Morse Percussion Morse Percussion is a contemporary classical percussion group formed in 2020 by a group of like-minded percussionists with an adventurous and eclectic taste for percussive music. The group hopes to inspire through exquisite contemporary percussion music making, educate and cultivate interest of classical percussion through compelling productions, and be Singapore’s first professional percussion group characterised by musical diversity and excellence. Morse Percussion most recently played to a sold-out audience at the Esplanade concert hall in the Singapore Festival of Arts 2021. Their concert, titled Ghosts of Yesteryear, locally premiered music by American legend Philip Glass and award-winning composing sensation David T. Little. An ardent supporter of commissioning Singaporean works, Morse Percussion have worked with award-winning local composers including Phang Kokjun and Cheng Jin Koh, and have five more commissioned works coming their way in 2022. About Soundislands: Re:Sound Soundislands: Re:Sound is a two-weekend festival accompanying Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound that embraces different dimensions of sound and different possibilities of listening. The festival is co-curated with Joyce Beetuan Koh and PerMagnus Lindborg of Soundislands, and sees ArtScience Museum reconnecting with the creative studio following the collaboration on SI15 ~sound:senses. For more information about Soundislands: Re:Sound, please visit #Soundislands #ArtScienceMuseum #PlayfulTextures #MorsePercussion #Percussion #PercussionPerformance
春花齐放 - 瑞兔歌舞 Rhapsodies of Spring 2023
these broken wings
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these broken wings

these broken wings Ensemble Æquilibrium (Singapore) "The three movements of these broken wings concentrate on three different physical and musical challenges. The first movement consists of music that requires incredible stamina and intense concentration. Sad, falling gestures dominate the slow second movement, and I gave the vague but hopefully inspiring instruction that the players should drop things when they are not playing. In the last movement I wanted to make a music that danced and pushed forward, in the hope that it would encourage the musicians to do so as well." —David Lang / Synopsis: Following from their debut concert at SIFA, Ensemble Æqulibrium, led by music director Lien Boon Hua, returns to the digital SIFA stage for the Singapore premiere of American composer David Lang’s these broken wings. Shifting from relentless momentum, to eerie calm and dance-like exuberance, Ensemble Æquilibrium offers a new gaze on this piece, drawing parallels between its three movements and the unimaginable global transformations as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. Conceived as a dynamic film tableaux, directed by Sean Harrison, the work offers us a moment to reflect on the year passed, through music and image. Note from Ensemble Æquilibrium’s Music Director Lien Boon Hua: David Lang’s these broken wings best embodies my experience of 2020. The first part of the piece is energetic, exciting and relentless - much like the hectic pace of life in Singapore in the pre-COVID world. Individual lines in the first movement don't conform to any pattern, each having its independent and unique trajectory but somehow fitting seamlessly into each other like clockwork. The outbreak of the pandemic placed the world on pause, and I hold a particular nostalgia for the early days of Circuit Breaker to control the spread of the virus. The second part of the piece (passacaille) is an introspective contrast to the first, and much like how the bustling streets were suddenly emptied out and familiar sites were devoid of people, the music is sparse and fragile. For some, this period of lockdowns was claustrophobic, and some saw their lives falling apart, much like the falling objects in this movement unplanned and unexpected. The last part, aptly titled learn to fly, we seek to mend our own broken wings and pulse ahead towards the light at the end of the tunnel with hope. Some things in the world will have to change, so are we looking at it seriously and reflecting upon these fundamental problems? Are vaccines just the temporary band-aid we need to get on with life? Musicians: Carolin Ralser, flute Daniel Yiau, clarinet Gabriel Lee, violin Martin Jaggi, cello Bertram Wee, piano Derek Koh, percussion Lien Boon Hua, conductor Recording Producer: Brandon Wong Director of Photography: Sean Harrison 2nd Camera: Choo Wansy Lighting Designer: Low Wee Cheng / SIFA v2.020 has exciting programmes from today till end December 2020. To find out more, please visit #SIFAv2020 #SGCultureAnywhere
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