It has been rather eventful ever since I came back from a month-long study/trip at Austria. Besides catching up on teaching, most of my time was spent practising, rehearsing and performing. In summary:

  • Wedding gigs with Resonance Quartet at St. Regis, Botanic Gardens, Raffles Hotel, Mariott, Les Amis, Amara Sentosa
  • Corporate gigs with Resonance Quartet for Singapore Veterinary Association, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators,  Cityneon/Housing Development Board
  • Halloween + Video Games music gig at Outdoors Cafe with Resonance Quartet
  • Old school Taiwanese Pop + Beatles remixes at Esplanade Concourse with re: mix
  • Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO)’s “20 Years of Grand Opera”  at Esplanade Concert Hall with the SLO Orchestra

All the above were interesting and fruitful in their own right, and would deserve dedicated posts for memory’s sake. Despite all that, I also managed to sneak a quick getaway to the quaint city of Hoi An (no, not Hanoi), Vietnam!

Thinking that it may take some time before I actually get down to writing about those past events, I thought I’d instead promote a future event that I’m involved in:

final Altered States Flyer WEB

For those who are familiar with re: mix or have been to one of their concerts before, it would not come as a surprise that re: mix is once again challenging the frontiers of accepted musical genres, and this time, it’s to “take a cheeky look at the centuries-old classical music programme format of Overture-Concerto-Symphony, but with a twist.” In fact, I think it’s more than just that – what with rock-techno, violinistic pyrotechnics and … samba! Just read the programme summary:

NYMAN: In Re Don Giovanni
Mozart’s catalogue aria from his opera Don Giovanni receives a serious deconstruction and an extreme makeover in the hands of the British composer Michael Nyman.  Inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis’ piano style, Mozart’s distinctive lyricism is given a rock-techno facelift.

PAGANINI-KREISLER: Concerto in One Movement
Paganini’s violin showpiece Concerto No.1 exudes the composer’s great Italian operatic and bel canto voice heritage.  Fritz Kreisler, born some one hundred years later, reworked the monumental showpiece into his native Viennese flair, while preserving most of Paganini’s original thematic material and violinistic pyrotechnics.  This is possibly one of the earliest and most charming ‘remixes’ in classical music.

2008 Cultural Medallion Winner Iskandar Ismail takes on Beethoven! From the ranks of notable versions such as Walter Murphy’s 1976 disco treatment and the Klazz Brothers’ 2002 Cuban take, top Singaporean arranger/composer titillates Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, and transforms it into a sizzling and virtuosic samba, a special commission for re: mix, Singapore’s “hippest crossover group” (Straits Times, LIFE!).

7 Dec (Tue), 7.30pm, Esplanade Recital Studio

Tickets for Altered States are priced at $25, free seating. Students and PAssion Card holders get tickets priced at $20.
Please call 9770 9131 or email to purchase tickets.

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