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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My Concert Experience

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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My Concert Experience

American Dream (ing)

We were decked out in red, blue and white – the three colours (or might I say, colors*) of the American flag. The concert featured a myriad of  American composers including, Aaron Copland, Frank Ticheli, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams. We also performed a tribute to the late Eagles lead singer, Glen Frey. My favourite of the afternoon was Watermelon Man from American Graffiti XIV Quincy Magic arranged by Naohiro Iwai. It was enjoyable playing with the Mus’art Wind Orchestra again after a 4 year hiatus!

(Photo: Jordan Liang)

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