Upcoming Free Musical Events
@ The Esplanade In March 2018
1. Silent Film with Nen Ensemble
2 March 2018 – 7.15pm, 8.15pm, 9.15pm (30 minutes)
Nen Ensemble presents their live alternative interpretation of the score of the classic Buster Keaton silent short film The Goat. Featuring a mix of Western instruments and traditional Chinese instruments such as the guzheng, yangqin and erhu.
Formed in 2013, Nen Ensemble was formed by three best friends with a shared dream to produce the sounds they have been hearing in their heads. Although majoring in traditional Chinese instruments, the members of Nen are all multi-instrumentalists.
Holding on to the belief that music has no boundaries, Nen Ensemble intends to shatter the boundaries between themselves and their audiences.
2. Lorong Boys @ Huayi
4 March 2018 – 7.15pm, 8.15pm, 9.15pm (30 minutes)
Let the Lorong Boys and their unique style bring you on a musical journey as they inject their own twist to classic tunes.
The Lorong Boys are five award-winning Singapore musicians who are equally comfortable playing on the hallowed stage of the concert hall as they are on the streets of the heartland. They burst onto the Singapore music scene in May 2014, when their spontaneous performance on an MRT train went viral on social media. Since then, they have gone on multiple performance tours, and have been featured on various national events and most forms of mass media.
3. Golden Classics
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Band
11 March 2018 – 3pm (1 hour)
Esplanade Concert Hall
Relive the golden years with classics by The Carpenters, Santana, and Whitney Houston, brought to you by the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Band!
Comprising passionate members from ages 21 to 50, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Band provides a platform for graduates to reconnect and make music together on a regular basis. For over 30 years, the alumni band has been committed to mentoring and fostering a strong relationship with the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Concert Band, which celebrates 35 years in 2018.
4. The Modern Ensemble
Djoko Mangkrengg Performing Arts
31 March 2018 – 6pm & 7pm (30 minutes)
The Modern Ensemble, who specialises in playing Indonesian instruments such as the angklung, kulintang and gamelan, presents a contemporary sound that combines their instruments with western strings and percussion.
Formed in 2009 by late music director Mohamed Khamis Selamat, Djoko Mangkrengg, which means “enthusiastic youth” in Javanese, is a performing arts group based at Pasir Ris East Community Centre. Its mission is to provide a platform for students to pursue their passion in traditional Malay music after they have graduated from their respective schools.
There are two parts to the ensemble: one features gamelan instruments tuned to the diatonic and chromatic scale, while the other is a modern ensemble that performs mainly on Indonesian instruments such as the angklung, kulintang and gamelan. The latter also brings western instruments such as strings and percussions into the mix for a contemporary sound. Their late director’s aim was to create a distinctive Singaporean sound through this concept.
Djoko Mangkrengg hopes to provide the platform for young musicians to carry on playing and performing so that this unique art form will live on in years to come.
5. Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble
31 March 2018 – 3pm & 4pm (30 mins)
The students from Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble present a repertoire of nostalgic folk tunes from the Malay Archipelago as well as songs by the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee. With old favourites including Di Tanjong Katong, Bengawan Solo and Alhamdulillah from Ali Baba Bujang Lapok, the ensemble looks set to bring you back in time.
About Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble
Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble was formed in 2008 by the late Zag Fahmoa. The ensemble is managed by Ustaz Zakir and Ustazah Fauziah, and members comprise students of Madrasah Aljunied. The ensemble, under the baton of Dzul Rabull, focuses mainly on spiritual Islamic and traditional Malay songs; it is the first angklung ensemble to do so. The ensemble has been performing in numerous events and festivals. Students are not only taught the art of playing the traditional instrument but also the values of teamwork and discipline.
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