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

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, Uncategorized

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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New Video Update

My teacher, Tarko Sibbel and myself performing Steven Galante’s Diminishing Returns (Sax Sounds III) for two alto saxophones and electronic delay. Please enjoy!

Side-note: Unprecedented laughter from the audience at the start because we got locked out of the hall (despite being 4 pieces into the recital) resulting in us entering from the left of the stage! Haha!

Thankyou to all who attended All Things Different! (17 November 2015)

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Enka Night: Golden Oldies of Japan

Yesterday evening was my debut with a combo band and a brilliant one might I add. The musicians were all superb and so much fun to work with. I had a great night with Windstars Ensemble and Japanese music. Check out the lovely view of Singapore’s skyline from our venue.

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Video Credits: Lin Qing Xiang

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John Bruce Yeh and The Singapore Wind Symphony

Had the wonderful privilege to perform the world premiere of local Singaporean, Mr. Benjamin Yeo’s Chopsuey together with the Singapore Wind Symphony. In the composer’s words:

This piece is a scherzo (‘joke’) with a whirlwind of musical clichés that bring to mind the heritage of America, elements of Chinese culture and also music written for the versatile Clarinet, beloved in many musical genres. Many absurd stereotypes are really like “Chopsuey” – a dish made popular by Chinese takeaways all over America but in fact does not exist in Chinese cuisine at all, ironically, making it very American indeed.

It was my favourite piece of the evening with very clever and relatable extended techniques including mimicking eating sounds. It was a concert entitled John Bruce Yeh and The Singapore Wind Symphony at the Singapore School of the Arts Concert Hall on the 24th of April, 2016. I hope you enjoy the video!

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