A small ensemble of players from the NUS Symphony Orchestra, including myself, performed for the opening of a Water Policy Dialogue, an event part of the Singapore International Water Week. The event was held at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
The piece that we played was The Malhaar Concerto, written by America-based composer Kanniks Kannikeswaran. We had the privilege of having the composer right with us in Singapore during our rehearsals, and having him personally explain to us how the themes are based on Indian Ragas and the movements representing gathering of clouds, dance of peacocks, rain and floods. Interesting. (Hence its suitability to “inspire” the delegates on water policy)
It was a first for me to be up close and perform alongside with the Indian classical tabla and sitar. The timbres of the sitar and tabla, captivating in their own right, matches so well together to produce a mesmerizing quality to the music.
Only thing was that we had to report really early in the morning, but that was more than made up for with a pizza supper the rehearsal night before with fellow musicians and an IKEA lunch treat from Jingwen and ra-ra Charmaine.