Europe, International, Merism Duo, My Concert Experience

Merism Duo in Zagreb, Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore

This summer, Merism Duo performed at:

  • 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1st Melbourne International Saxophone Festival in Melbourne, Australia
  • 8th Singapore Saxophone Symposium @ Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
  • Take Flight with Merism Duo and Petrichor Sax @ Glebe Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia
  • Experiential Take Flight with Merism Duo @ Sinfonietta Hall, Singapore

It was a big tour with Merism Duo – we made our mark on 3 continents! Such a joy to collaborate on such a big scale with Mary Osborn! Till next time! Happy last few days of summer everyone!

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Europe, International, My Concert Experience, Xin Saxophone Quartet

2018 Summer with my Xin Saxophone Quartet family

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We started our season rehearsing endlessly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After which we flew together to Zagreb, Croatia to perform at the triennial World Saxophone Congress. It is in its 18th edition and was held from the 10th of July to the 14th of July. Our program comprised of 4 pieces, all composed by Singaporean composers. Especially for the congress, we commissioned Sax-Drive! by Daniel Yiau and Transit Sketches II by Xin Saxophone Quartet’s resident composer, Jay Ong. The other two pieces were Homage by Dr. Zechariah Goh and The Serpent by Alexander Oon. What a privilege to present a Singaporean program at an international conference! I have never been more proud to be a Singaporean! #teamsingapore

“Xin saxophone quartet’s recital this afternoon was one of the best performances I have heard so far. They showed musical understanding in their playing. They were incredibly musical and well coordinated as an ensemble. They presented a wide range of tone colours and intricate details in articulations and dynamic contrasts. They were able to bring out different characteristics and styles of each Composer convincingly. We are very proud of you all for the wonderful performance and the wonderful composition!!” – Dr. Zechariah Goh

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10-12th August 2018, we now had the opportunity to present the same program for our locals at the annual Singapore Saxophone Symposium. It was held at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Other international artists include Michael Duke (Australia), Kyle Horch (United Kingdom), Joseph Lallo (Australia), Chien-Kwan Lin (Singapore/United States), Alfonso Padilla (Spain), Mary Osborn (Australia), Kenny Tsai (Taiwan/United States) and Calvin Wong (Hong Kong/United States). We presented our own recital on the 11th August and also closed the entire symposium at the Gala Concert with our showstopping Sax-Drive!

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Can’t get enough of Xin Saxophone Quartet?
http://www.thebandpost.com/2018/07/xin-saxophone-quartet-represents-singapore-at-world-saxophone-congress/
http://zagrebsaxcongress.com/index.php/hr/sudionici/umjetnici/item/706-xin-saxophone-quartet
http://singaporesaxophonesymposium.com/2018/programme/recital-by-xin-saxophone-quartet/

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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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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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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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Performances in Bordeaux, France

It is my 5th month living in Bordeaux and it has been an amazing time. I have a weekly incredible lesson with my teacher, Marie-Bernadette Charrier. Also a weekly sonate lesson with our amazing accompanist Hilomi Sakaguchi with Marie-Bernadette. For my weekly classical chamber music class, I play with a pretty international saxophone quartet with two French, one Argentinian and me (Singaporean). We have been working on Florent Schmitt’s Quatuor de saxophones, op. 102. As for the contemporary chamber music class, I play with a mixed ensemble of two violins, clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone, we’re preparing a Bulgarian piece for the end of year exam. Together with the Orchestre d’Harmonie (Wind Symphony), we presented an interesting program: orchestre d harmonie bordeaux
I also had an opportunity to share Singaporean music with my class in a conference. I presented the music of Dr Zechariah Goh and had to speak about him in French!

Three weekends back we had two visiting guests, Allison Balcetis and Masanori Oishi. It was three intense days of masterclasses, conferences and performances. In the concert on the last night, our class presented french composer, Benjamin Attahir’s Nouvelle Sous Esctasy for 12 soprano saxophones, 1 soprano and 2 percussionists.

It has been interesting being in Bordeaux, I have picked up phrases of Spanish (owing to the fact that almost half my class are Spanish!) and of course my french is getting a lot better. It was a cold cold winter (-6 degrees) but now it is beautiful in spring! The food here is incredible, good red wine, cheese and bread. I am sure that the friends I have made here will be friends for life. I am so fortunate to have this experience!

 

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