Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold 乐。艺:传奇新传

This December holiday how about doing something different?  Have you expose your kids to a different of music such as the Chinese orchestra where instruments such as Erhu (二胡), Guzheng (古箏), Yangqin (楊琴) are being played to perform heart throbbing music pieces?  If they are clueless about these musical instrument this will be an opportunity for them experience something new. If they have had experience with Chinese orchestra, they will definitely enjoy this multi-sensory performance by Ding Yi Music Company that will be a feast for the eyes, mind and soul.  It is also suitable for the whole family to enjoy too.

About the Performance

The annual Of Music Series is a platform for Ding Yi Music Company to push the boundaries of Chinese chamber music to showcase the harmonies between different art forms by incorporating different cultural influences for a unique Singapore performance.

In this 6th edition of the Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold 乐。艺:传奇新传 Ding Yi Music Company will perform their interpretation of the legend of Sisters’ Island converging Chinese chamber music with other art forms. Inspired by famous but neglected Singapore landmarks,the performance transports audience to the shores of Sisters’ Islands to relive the tale of the two fateful sisters. This is the first year Ding Yi Music Cimpany incorporates sand art and Javanese dance by collaborating with sand artist Lawrence Koh and Javanese dancer Garrett Koh.

Besides sand arts and dance, additional multimedia elements pieced with photos and videos of Sisters’ Islands will be incorporated for an immersive experience.

About the Conductor

“Rehearsing Sisters’ Islands feels like I’m carried away to a small kampong. You feel the breeze and rhythmic waves, surrounded by friendly villagers. It amazes me still, how versatile Chinese chamber music is. I hope to inspire children and adults alike.” - Principal Guest Conductor Quek Ling Kiong recalled

Mr. Quek Ling Kiong
Principal Guest Conductor

Recognised by National Arts Council (NAC) as early as 2002 winning Singapore Young Artist Award, Mr Quek Ling Kiong studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He learnt Chinese percussion from renowned master Li Min Xiong and Western classical percussion of Xue Bao Lun and was appointed the Percussion Principal of Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) in 1997.
From SCO’s first Conducting Assistant in 2003, he was progressively promoted to Resident Conductor of SCO in 2013. For his work in advocating the arts, he received the COMPASS Singapore Meritorious Award in 2016.

Mr Quek Ling Kiong is currently an adjunct teacher at the Lasalle College of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Music Director for Singapore Management University Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra and Conductor for Singapore most acclaimed Chinese Chamber ensemble the Ding Yi Music Company.

More information may be found on: http://www.dingyimusic.com/conductor

About the Artists

Mr. Garrett Kam
Javanese dancer

Garrett Kam is an accomplished performer and choreographer of classical Javanese dance in the Yogyakarta court style. A native Haiwaiian, he started his dance studies in 1975 in Hawaii, before continuing in Yogyakarta with master teachers such as Sasminta Mardawa (KRT Sasmintadipura) at his prestigious Mardawa Budaya and Pamulangan Beksa Ngayogyakarta dance schools. In 2013, he became the first American male to regularly participate in dance activities at the sultan's palace since it was founded in 1756.
Garrett also adds movements from other cultures, especially from Okinawa and has created dances blending the two styles called “Oki-Jawa”. Besides performing and collaborating with artists internationally, Garrett also curates and authors books on Balinese and Indonesian art.

Mr. Lawrence Koh
Sand Artist

“I was amazed at your talent and just how good you were with your performance. It must have taken many hours of practice.” – Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong to Sand Artist Lawrence Koh

Lawrence Koh is an international sand art virtuoso and multi-disciplinary artist specialized in both visual and performing arts. A celebrated artist in Singapore’s entertainment and arts scene, Lawrence’s career spans across theatre productions, cultural fusion performances, short films, corporate videos, television programmes, television commercials, documentaries and live concerts.
In a special collaboration with renowoned Bhaskar’s Arts Academy in their major theatre production “CHAKRA”, a fusion of Indian dance, ballet, live Indian orchestra and sand art was created. It was so well received that his performance “CHAKRA” was restaged once again at the Toa Payoh Amphitheatre with Lawrence being part of the National Arts Council’s “Arts for All” programme.

More information may be found on: https://sanddreamer.wordpress.com/about-2/

About Ding Yi Music Company

Founded in 2007, the first Chinese chamber music ensemble in Singapore, Ding Yi Music Company charms with its distinctive approach to composing and interpreting a wide repertoire that ranges from traditional Chinese music to contemporary and even cross-genre works.

Ding Yi has become an active ambassador of Singapore, performing, collaborating and winning awards at key music festivals locally and internationally. Led by principal conductor Mr Quek Ling Kiong and assistant conductor Mr Dedric Wong, the 20-musician strong ensemble continues to experiment and create more unique sounds from Singapore.

Purchase of Tickets

Ticket to the performance is @ SGD25, you can get your tickets from the direct link at Esplanade Box Office and SISTIC

Admission Rules :
+ Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
+ Infants in arms or children below the age of 4 shall not be admitted.
+ Children age 4 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.

Late Seating Advisory
+ You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
+ No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced.
+ Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.

Photography/Video Recording Rules
No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

Show Details

Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold 乐。艺:传奇新传
Date : 3 Dec, Sat
Time : 7:30pm
Duration : Approximately 1 hour, without intermission
Venue : Esplanade Recital Studio
Ticket price : SGD25

Exclusive Workshop

An exclusive workshop for those who purchased 4 tickets or more you can attend an exclusive workshop that is suitable for parents and children 5 years old and up.  You will be having a up close and personal interaction with Ding Yi musicians and Javanese dancer Garrett Kam, who will bring you through Javanese dance moves and its musical influences.  For more details about the workshop please send email to khaihong@anticsatplay.com

Hurry!  There are limited seats are available!

Date: 30 November 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre.

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  1. Yes, would love to introduce different forms of art to my little one.
    Karen Tan kpigsy01@yahoo.com

  2. My answer is Sisters' Islands.

  3. Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold 乐。艺:传奇新传 will bring you down the journey of which famous Singapore location?
    Ans: sisters' island