I promised myself that I would make it to Night Festival this year after missing last year’s due to an exam that I had to sit for in Boston.
Coming home only after a year, boy, I am impressed how much Singapore has changed in her musical landscape! I don’t remember having that many gigs to attend during the weekday nights, let alone, be caught in a dilemma in choosing which gigs to forgo for another gig.
Firstly, right smack in the arts district of Singapore, the street theatre greeted me with a warm welcome back home.
Having just returned from the motherland of blues music, I was delighted to hear blues music by local musicians, Shak and the Baits, making the crowd go wild!
Sunday afternoon was very enjoyable seeing local lindy hop dancers and Australian swing band, SwingRocket jam together!
And Monday was back to my alma mater, watching familiar and new faces at the Tri-University piano ensemble concert at Esplanade Recital Studio! Featuring students and alumni from SMU, NUS and NTU.
Finally, Tuesday was the monthly Blue Monks Jam session at Artistry Cafe!
I’m also excited about the opening of Montreux Jazz Cafe next month! It is the first one in this region, other locations being at Geneva, Montreux, Zurich, Paris, and Abu Dhabi. Can’t wait to see what’s lined up!
This is probably the craziest thing I have done in my life – moving from Boston to Singapore to Malaysia in a span of five days!
Still fighting with the jet lag but I am thankful to have 40 students to teach this week during my internship at Earth Tone Music Academy (ETMA), Sungei Besi. I am very impressed with the facilities at the school. They have a recital hall on the upper floor, drums room, guitar room, recording studio, dance studios, and of course, piano rooms. They are also a licensed Musikgarten school, providing music classes for students as young as few months old. I just started teaching the toddlers’ class aged two to four years old. It is a whole new approach for me as the youngest I have taught before was five years old, but with training from the founder of ETMA, I got the hang of it! Looking forward to learning and absorbing a culture that is different yet so familiar and similar!
You are cordially invited to my Jazz Composition senior recital. 🙂
2 Aug 2016, Tuesday, 7pm (EST Time, GMT -5)
Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston St 1A
Or watch it on the live feed via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/berklee-berk
Today I got to meet Victoria Theodore, the current keyboardist for Beyoncé! She’s probably one of the smartest persons I’ve met – graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and Stanford University, established a career in computer programming but she switched to performing as she still likes music more, and now holding one of the best gigs of today. Despite all these credentials she can boast of, she recognises that these things doesn’t matter when you’re on stage. What’s most important is keeping the musical conversation going with your fellow musicians and leaving your ego at the rehearsal doors.
Just a quick update – Recently got back from two weeks of summer break in the West Coast where I got the opportunity to visit two amazing Jazz education programmes for youths, specifically in Seattle and San Francisco. They are worth supporting, go check them out!
I’m a huge advocate of collaboration and exchanging ideas. Created this platform for Singaporean Artists who are in the US to update and inspire each other with our craft! Also allowing SG organisations to join too if they want to collaborate with us artists!
Was inspired to write a Middle Eastern Fusion Jazz composition after having a conversation with my Turkish friend and how he is heartbroken by the lack of media coverage on the recent multiple news of bombings in Turkey. Having called Istanbul my second home too, I completely feel for the nation and other nations’ disasters that were underreported too.
Hope this piece gives a glimpse of the pain and injustice that people are experiencing.
Listen to the full version here.