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

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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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My Concert Experience

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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Teaching Experiences

Wind Band Association of Singapore Youth Band Festival 2016

WBAS.JPGWhat an amazing experience to work with the new generation for the WBAS Youth Band Festival 2016. It was a different perspective being on the panel for auditions – I am definitely more used to being on the other side, but it was refreshing! It was lovely to see the students working hard and having so much motivation to learn.

It was definitely an interesting experience performing Barry Cockcroft’s Rock Me (sharing a little of my takeaway from Melbourne). The students reacted well to it – they heard and enjoyed sounds they never knew were possible on the saxophone.

I look forward to more opportunities like this. I enjoy passing down what I have learnt abroad with my fellow Singaporeans.

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My Concert Experience

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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My Concert Experience

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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