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Draconic Self-Portrait: An intimate conversation with Margaret Leng Tan on Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep

By Shahril Salleh (1,357 words, 4-minute read) Doyen. Icon. Self-professed Dragon Lady. These are some of the facets of Margaret Leng Tan, Singapore’s Cultural Medallion award recipient in 2015. Margaret is a treasured Singaporean musician and performance artist who is currently based in New York. As a champion of new music, especially that of John …

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Michelle Fonseca and Hazeline Ali.

The working processes of artists: Sheng player Michael Lee

In this video, LASALLE students Michelle Fonseca and Hazeline Ali speak to Sheng player Michael Lee,  who has played the classic Chinese musical instrument for more than 50 years. Being a Sheng maestro has brought Michael Lee all around the world, taking up roles as concert master, music director, conductor and teacher, but why does …

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Composer and emcee Darren Sng with composer Prof. Paik Young-eun. Photo: Chung Ee Yong

Conversations in a small room: “Dialogues And Reflections”

By Shahril Salleh (1,000 words, 6-minute read) New music is the epitome of unfamiliar territory. Even as someone who read music at university, often I find myself unprepared (and even dreading) to watch new music concerts. Part of my own anxieties comes from a need to know and be familiar with what is being performed. …

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Full Hungarian splendour: Treble Voices Festival 2019

By Shahril Salleh (1,200 words, 6-minute read) Choral music festivals are gaining traction in Singapore. In my opinion, this is a good thing for both the choral music scene as well as the arts ecosystem. From a place-making perspective, not only do festivals create attention and vibrancy at the arts and civics districts, we also …

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Screengrab for the video of "Our Singapore". Via NDPeeps on YouTube.

What is the music of my country? Race, harmony and diversity in Singapore

“All music, any organization of sounds is then a tool for the creation or consolidation of a community, of a totality.”   – Jacques Attali “Gua jahat ada hajat boy” – Akeem Jahat          Tuning In The title of this article references a song by the Indonesian band Project Pop, Dangdut Is The …

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Hitting the right (heart) notes: 10toONE by ONE Chamber Choir

By Shahril Salleh (932 words, 5-minute read) ONE chamber choir has a formidable reputation. It is one of Singapore’s premier community choir – one that made waves and built bridges for our nation in the international choral music scene. Its recent concert, 10toONE, held on 14 July 2019, not only showcased the choir’s high standards …

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