Europe, International, My Concert Experience

MOV.ensemble

From friends to colleagues! It has been a lot of joy working with these guys over the last semester in Amsterdam. We had the opportunity to play in a masterclass with the famous Apollo Saxophone Quartet . I am looking forward to more projects and choreography;-) to come in the following year!

Line up of MOV.ensemble:

Soprano Saxophone: Deborah Witteveen (The Netherlands)
Alto Saxophone: Michellina Chan (Singapore)
Tenor Saxophone: Jos Baggermans (The Netherlands)
Baritone Saxophone: Mateusz Pusiewicz (Poland)

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Europe, International

Nu breekt mijn klomp!

Dutch – English literal translation: now my clog (dutch wooden shoe) is breaking
Meaning: This is said when suddenly something unexpected happens or is said about which one expresses its utter amazement. (http://www.encyclo.nl/begrip/nu%20breekt%20mijn%20klomp)

This year in Amsterdam has nothing short of amazing. My highlight was studying with Arno Bornkamp, having conversations about his past with saxophone and life, playing Bach, transcriptions and working on pieces that I have referred to umpteen times on his CDs. I have grown not only as a musician but also as a person. I am already looking forward to what next year will bring.

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I have made friends from all over the world, thanks to a very international group of students at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Chamber music was one of my favourite parts of the course, I worked in a saxophone duo with Yuka Sato. Also it was especially rewarding with the MOV.ensemble with Deborah Witteveen, Jos Baggermans, Mateusz Pusiewicz and myself, where we memorized quartet music and had the opportunity to work with Arno as well as the Apollo Saxophone Quartet.

In the experimental Creative Performance Lab (CPL) classes, we collaborated with scenographers at our sister school, the AHK Academy of Film and Danse. We created an approximately 2 storey high structure, projected film through it and of course choreographed movement and music for it. It was an intense 5 months of work, but the end product was very well received.

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Carnatic music aka takedimi, commonly associated with the system of music from southern India, were lessons I had quite intensively throughout the year. At the end of the year, we performed the World Premiere of Spanish composer, Silva Lanao’s piece entitled Libèl·lula for soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, pan flute, flute and bass clarinet. The title of the course was called Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques, I found it extremely useful and have started applying it to all the music I perform!

I am excited for another year of music in Amsterdam, in the meanwhile do come around for my performances if I will be in your city!:

Melbourne International Saxophone Festival 2018
Take Flight with Merism Duo (Mary Osborn)
28th July 2018, 15h15 – 15h45
Tallis Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
http://www.melbournesaxophone.com/take-flight/

Melbourne Saxophone Ensemble
29th July 2018, 19h
Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Merism Duo in Sydney
3rd August 2018, 19h

8th Singapore Saxophone Symposium 2018
Xin Saxophone Quartet
11th August 2018, 15h – 15h30
Lee Foundation Theatre, NAFA
http://singaporesaxophonesymposium.com/2018/programme/recital-by-xin-saxophone-quartet/

Merism Duo
12th August 2018, 16h – 16h30
Lee Foundation Theatre, NAFA
http://singaporesaxophonesymposium.com/2018/programme/recital-by-merism-duo/

Singapore Saxophone Symposium 2018 Gala Concert (with Xin Saxophone Quartet & Octet combined with NAFA Saxophone Quartet)
12th August 2018, 19h30 – 21h30
Lee Foundation Theatre, NAFA

Merism Duo in Singapore
14th August 2018, 19h30 – 21h
Sinfonietta Recital Hall, Forte Musicademy

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Europe, International, My Concert Experience

New city, new start at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

It’s the last day of my first semester of Masters here at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of the Arts. What a journey! From struggling to find accomodation to trying out dutch cheese/cuisine to the many performances with the CvA-Sax ensemble and Creative Performance Lab (CPL) team. I’ve enjoyed every step of the way – especially thankful for the weekly lessons with Arno 🙂 Taking a small festive holiday, then I cannot wait to jump back into practice again!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all🎄 xx

A little peek into our CPL end of semester performance:

 

 

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My Concert Experience, Xin Saxophone Quartet

Singapore Saxophone Symposium 2017

Gained so much from the annual Singapore Saxophone Symposium. I can’t believe the symposium is in its 7th edition. An enormous thankyou to Dr Zechariah Goh and NAFA team (Lu Heng & Yiangshan) for the organization! It was my first time playing in a masterclass at this symposium and it was for none other than Maestro Alain Crepin. 

Opening the symposium with Xin Saxophone Quartet was an amazing opportunity. We performed the world premiere of Sea Scenes by our resident composer, Jay Ong (who sportingly agreed to emcee for us the night before!)

Our program for the recital:

Pierre Vellones (1889 – 1939) – Prélude et rondo français, Op. 89 (1937)
Jay Ong (1995) – Sea Scenes (2017) *World Premiere*
Gabriel Pierné (1863 – 1937) – Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire (1936)
Philippe Geiss (1961) – Patchwork (1996)

Bravo also to all the other musicians! I am already looking forward to the 2018 edition of the symposium! Enjoy the photos!

 

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Competition, International

5th Jean-Marie Londeix Competition 2017

An unimaginable journey to the 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition 2017. Through it all, it was an assortment of feelings! Definitely a nice way to make many new friends, have interesting conversations about music/life/another culture and explore another city. Of course – an exposure to a diverse range of music.

Here are some photos, followed by my videos below, enjoy! x

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My Concert Experience

Xin Saxophone Duo in Concert

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Our Story: Xin Saxophone Duo, a subset of Xin Saxophone Quartet, was formed in 2016 by two leading professional saxophonists in Singapore. Xin Saxophone Duo had their debut on Singapore’s influential Mediacorp Channel 8 television program, Star Awards 2016. Notable performances includes performances at the 6th Singapore Saxophone Symposium and at a lecture-recital, at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, entitled Paganini Lost and Found. As a duo, they have travelled to Thailand to take part in the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2016. They hope to share their passion for chamber music by making it accessible to all.

Xin Saxophone Duo comprises of saxophonists Michellina Chan and Alexis Seah.

Our Concert:

28 July 2017 / 7:30pm / $10 /

Sinfonietta Hall, Forte Musicademy
51 Waterloo Street
#03-05
Singapore 187969

Program: Rossé, Morosco, Dubois, Mincek, Telemann, Galente and more

To reserve tickets at the door, CLICK HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/HmLgxULAmcPMalIV2 orr scan the QR code in our poster above!

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Europe, International

It’s a wrap! … for now

What an experience in Bordeaux, France. Always good to be home in Singapore! For a change, I thought I would compile my favourite panoramic photos of my 2017 travels in Europe! Enjoy xx

C’était une expérience incroyable dans à Bordeaux, en France. Il est toujours bon de rentrer à la maison à Singapour! Pour changer, j’ai décidé de faire une compilation de mes photos panoramiques favorites de mes voyages en 2017 en Europe! xx

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain

Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal

Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

São Jorge Castle, Lisbon, Portugal

São Jorge Castle, Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal

Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France

Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Panthéon, Paris, France

Panthéon, Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Rundetaarn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rundetaarn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Malmö Castle, Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Castle, Malmö, Sweden

Malmö, Sweden

Malmö, Sweden

Malmö, Sweden

Malmö, Sweden

Opernhaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Opernhaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Uetliberg, Switzerland

Uetliberg, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux, France

Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux, France

Miroir d'eau, Bordeaux, France

Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux, France

Miroir d'eau, Bordeaux, France

Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux, France

Miroir d'eau, Bordeaux, France

Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Miroir d'eau, Bordeaux, France

Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux, France

Arcachon, France

Arcachon, France

Dune of Pilat, France

Dune of Pilat, France

 

 

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