International, My Concert Experience

1st Asian Saxophone Congress in Chiayi, Taiwan

As a part of the NAFA Saxophone Quartet, I spent a week in Taiwan (Chiayi and Taipei). We performed a one hour recital at the 1st Asian Saxophone Congress in Chiayi. Our recital comprised of music by local Singaporean composers including Zechariah Goh, Lee Kah Hong Bernard, Jeremiah Li, Alexander Oon and Oh Jin Yong. It was nice to catch up with old friends and make new ones at the congress. After the congress, we headed back to Taipei City and had an exchange with the Taipei National University of the Arts Saxophone Studio.

Publicity on the NAFA official page: http://www.nafa.edu.sg/showcase/events-coverage/profile/nafa-saxophone-quartet-represents-singapore-at-1st-asian-saxophone-congress

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Back to Basics

IMG_3212.JPGXin Saxophone Quartet’s inaugural recital, entitled Back to Basics, was held at Forte Musicademy’s Sinfornietta Recital Hall. Each of us presented a solo piece in the first half of our recital. The second half featured the entire quartet playing pieces such as Georges Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy, Jean Rivier’s Grave et Presto and Jean-Baptiste Singelee’s Grand Quatuor Concertant. We also performed the World Premiere of new work by Singaporean composer, Jay Ong, entitled Enclosures. Here:

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Melbourne Trip

Performance count: 3 in 3 days.

Started off with a performance at Up Your Alley Chamber Music Festival. It was a project presented by the Melbourne Philharmonia Project, spearheaded by the legendary Luke Carbon.

Picture of us (Credit: Luke Carbon). It was cold, windy and wet but still a great turn out of people! Xin Saxophone Duo (comprising of members: Alexis Seah and myself) played Steven Galante’s Sax Sounds III (Diminishing Returns).

The next day, we teamed up with saxophonists from Melbourne, Joseph Lallo and Emily Clarke for a concert at Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. We performed Philippe Geiss’ Patchwork for saxophone quartet. (Photo Credit: Kevin Zhang)

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On the 3rd day, we took part in the final round of 3MBS’ The Talent. Here is the review of our performance https://thetalent3mbs.com/2016/10/26/reeds-and-strings-a-review-of-ep-3/ It was so nice to perform with the amazing Leigh Harrold again!

A photo by the publicity team at 3MBS: 

After, I had a chance to holiday a little bit in Victoria! It was a great trip! Thankyou Melbourne x

(Photo Credit: Joel Charles)

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Paganini Lost and Found: The Origins and Impact of Caprice No. 24

Throwback to 14th of September, we were invited to perform as part of a lecture/recital at NAFA for The Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert, Lutosławski Tonight! This trio comprises of myself (saxophone), Alexis Seah (saxophone) and Jessica Leong (piano); we performed Jun Nagao’s Paganini Lost for two alto saxophones and piano. It was interesting listening to the discussion and the different arrangements and compositions inspired by Paganini’s 24th violin caprice.

Here’s the review of the event: http://pianofortephilia.blogspot.sg/2016/09/paganini-lost-and-found-lecture-recital.html

To end off, instead of Paganini’s 24th caprice here’s my performance of Paganini’s 1st Caprice (arr. Raaf Hekkema):

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Top of the Charts

In collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, the Mus’art Wind Orchestra presented a concert themed Top of the Charts. Under the baton of Maestro Wilson Ong, it was a concert featuring hit songs from the Top 40s such as Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, Skyfall, Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, Katy Perry’s Firework, Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are and more. We were joined by extremely talented Singaporean vocalists Alemay Fernandez, Cassandra Spykerman and Afwan. Also, I had the privilege of performing along side extraordinaire saxophonist, Teo Boon Chye – what an experience!

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6th Singapore Saxophone Symposium

Thank-you to Dr Goh for inviting me as an artist to the 6th Singapore Saxophone Symposium. Also, many thanks to the organizing team for putting the event together. I remember being a participant at the 1st Singapore Saxophone Symposium 6 years ago, after that deciding to pursue my bachelor of music in Australia. It is really good to be back and having the opportunity to share music with students and colleagues.

In my recital segment, I performed the World Premiere of Singaporean composer, Jay Ong’s piece entitled Transit Sketches for solo saxophone. Together with Jessica Leong (Piano), I also presented a piece by Slovenian composer, Uros Rojko entitled Godba. I finished it off with the debut of my new saxophone quartet, Xin Saxophone Quartet, playing the 5th movement of Maslanka’s Recitation Book.

Other artists at this edition of the symposium included Professor Kyle Horch (UK, Royal College of Music), Keuris Quartet (Amsterdam), Professor Ao Kun (China), Nathan Bogert (USA), Chien-Kwan Lin (USA/Singapore), Ku Po-Yuan (Taiwan), Shyen Lee (Taiwan/Thailand), Christopher Condon (USA) and more. It was an intensive 2 days of saxophone but new friendships were made, I now have new ideas about saxophone playing and hopefully I managed to make a difference in the lives of younger saxophone students.

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Rhapsody in Blue ABRSM Conference at Cristofori Music School Events Hall

With everyone decked out in different shades of blue, we had the opportunity to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for an ABRSM conference. A big thank you to Johnson Lee for this opportunity.

For the video, please visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3RBe-CETe7ga2lpN21qLUFtOUk/view?pref=2&pli=1

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