SINGAPORE CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023
20/08 - 10/09
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Malaysia Ruan Ensemble
9.9.2023 (Sat), 7.30pm
The upcoming concert organised by the Malaysian Ruan Ensemble at PJPAC is called "Dialogue With Ruan - Harmonic Adventures". In addition to providing a platform for members to showcase their musical enthusiasm, the ensemble also hopes to promote a diverse range of performances, to develop innovative repertoires, and to also promote Ruan to the public.
This concert hopes to let the audience experience music from around the world and tell the fantastic stories of various journeys. The ensemble has also invited two Malaysian Ruan performers, Lam Zi Peng and Loiuse Tan, to present a unique concert with the ensemble to everyone. This concert will also be broadcasted online at the 2023 Singapore Chinese Music Festival.
Malay Folk Songs Medley｜Composed by Lam Zi Peng
Bornean Lullaby｜Composed by Bryan Lu
《Bossa Medley》｜王洛宾、安东尼奥·卡洛斯·裘宾 作曲、刘明凯 & Vinz de Leon 改编
Bossa Medley｜Composed by Wang Luo Bin & Antônio Carlos Jobim, rearranged by Low Ming Kai & Vinz de Leon
《凤阳花鼓狂想曲》｜彭郁雯 改编、陈怡蒨 移编
Flower Drums of Fengyang - A Rhapsody｜Rearranged by Peng Yu Wen, adapted by Chen Yi-Chien
《采蘑菇的小姑娘》｜谷建芬 作曲、浩子 改编
Picking Mushroom Little Girl｜Composed by Gu Jian Fen, rearranged by Haozi
《丝路驼铃》｜宁勇 作曲、周煜国 编配
Camel Bells on The Silk Road｜Composed by Nin Yong, rearranged by Zhou Yu Guo
Reunion｜Composed by Tan Sung Wah
《酒狂》｜阮籍 作曲、刘星 改编
The Drunkard｜Composed by Ruan Ji, rearranged by Liu Xing
《篷车来了》｜Michel Legrand 作曲、刘明凯 改编
Arrivée des Camionneurs｜Composed by Michel Legrand, rearranged by Low Ming Kai
《疾如猛火》｜陈致逸 作曲、张盛凯 编配
Rapid as Wildfires｜Composed by Chen Yu-Peng, rearranged by Chong Sheng Kai
《狮尾之舞》｜陈致逸 作曲、张盛凯 编配
Swirls of Shamshir｜Composed by Chen Yu-Peng, rearranged by Chong Sheng Kai
《阮之火》｜Alex Fox 作曲、陈家荣 改编
Ruan on Fire!｜Composed by Alex Fox, rearranged by Chen Jia Rong
Programme is correct at time of publication and may be subject to change without prior notice.
王美颐 Ong May Yi
艺术总监 Artistic Director
蓝子澎 Lam Zi Peng
The Malaysian Ruan Ensemble was founded in 2021 by Ms. Ong May Yi, a Malaysian Ruan musician who is the current Artistic Director of the ensemble. Ong is active in the education and promotion of Ruan throughout Malaysia.
The ensemble is made up of a group of talented young professionals and students from different fields. They have gathered together to exchange ideas, to improve their skills, and to deepen and enrich their knowledge of the instrument. The ensemble also actively participates in various performances to promote and publicise the Ruan’s charm to everyone.
In January 2022, the ensemble successfully held its inaugural concert "Dialogue With Ruan - The Beginning". Subsequently in May 2022, the ensemble assisted its member, Chong Sheng Kai, in organising his solo recital called "The Journey".
Ong May Yi is Malaysian Ruan musician, graduated from the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, where Ong majored in Ruan Performance, under the tutelage of Professor Wei Wei. Whilst a student, Ong participated in a joint concert with the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Chanting Group, and her mentor’s Teacher-Student recital concert, and also participated in CCTV’s live recordings.
After graduation, Ong participated as a Zhongruan soloist in Macao. And since then, Ong has returned to her roots in Malaysia and is actively involved in Ruan education and awareness throughout the country. As an effort to develop and promote Ruan music, Ong has joined forces with fellow Ruan musicians across Malaysia and has organised the 'Four Dialogues With The Ruan' concert series and also the recently formed 'Malaysia Homy Ruan Ensemble'.
In 2009, Ong began venturing into contemporary music, and was a guest performer for the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival with the German chamber group Ensemble Mosaik, debuting the world premier of Ruan and Strings quintet piece 'Cursive'. Since then, Ong has been collaborating with different Eastern and Western music and cultures and often participates in live stage performances. Ong has also collaborated with local renowned dancer Mr. Lee RuiQiang and composer Yii Kah Hoe in a ballet "Green Snake & the Monk", and also a joint multimedia, calligraphy, art, dance, movie, and music production of "Rhapsody of Along the River During Qingming Festival" among others.
Currently, Ong is a Ruan instructor to numerous schools and also promoting Ruan to the international and local audience. Ong has nurtured many Ruan enthusiasts, and even groomed a few students to continue their professional Ruan careers by studying at her alma mater, the Chinese Conservatory of Music.
Lam Zi Peng studied piano and guzheng at an early age, and in 1999 he learned Ruan with the Ruan Principal of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Zhang Ronghui. In 2002, he was admitted to the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied Ruan with Professor Wei Wei and Zhang Xinhua, as well as guzheng with Yang Xi. In 2004, he successfully held his solo recital at Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 2006. In 2011, he formed ‘The Ruan Ensemble’. Since 2012, he studied composition with Law Wai Lun until now. His major works include the Guzheng ensemble ‘Chibi Nostalgia’, ‘Flying Song’, ‘Anita Mui Suite’, and ‘Faye Wong Suite’. Currently, he is a music instructor for several primary and secondary schools in Johor, Malaysia and Singapore.
Louise is a current PhD candidate at UPSI, and a current Adjunct Professor at the Northeast Petroleum University teaching Ruan, Liuqin and Yueqin. Louise received tutelage from Professor Wu Qiang, and is the first ever candidate to receive a Masters in Zhongruan Music Pedagogy from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Louise has also learnt Zhongruan from Maestro Mr Feng Mantian and Maestro Feng Shaoxian.
Louise has visited and performed in Hong Kong, USA, Russia, South Korea and many more countries, while also doing cultural exchanges. Louise has also been a judge in numerous music competitions, and has mentored many students who won many awards across categories. Louise has also received the Best Mentor award numerous times.
Louise has held many solo concerts and recitals with her students, and also mentored her students’ solo recital concerts. Louise founded Heilongjiang Province’s only primary school amateur Ruan Ensemble, and has led them in winning awards at numerous music competitions.