SINGAPORE CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023
20/08 - 10/09
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22.8.2023 (Tue), 7.30pm
China Cultural Centre Theatre 中国文化中心剧场
Join contemporary classical percussion collective Morse Percussion as they enter the magnificent realm of Chinese and Japanese culture. Featuring Chinese percussion instruments like the infamous Chinese gongs to drumming with the ferocious Japanese Taiko drums, this concert will also locally premiere "QI" by the critically-acclaimed Augusta Read Thomas.
《京剧印象》1. 唱和做 2. 念 3. 武 | Gene Koshinski作曲
Impressions of Chinese Opera 1. Chang He Zuo, 2. Dialogue, 3. Martial Arts｜ composed by Gene Koshinski
Drama Movements IV, V, VI | composed by Guo Wen Jing
《气》Qi｜Augusta Read Thomas作曲
Qi | composed by Augusta Read Thomas
Marimba Spiritual | composed by Minoru Miki
Programme is correct at time of publication and may be subject to change without prior notice.
Morse Percussion is a professional contemporary classical percussion group that aims to cultivate the interest of percussive music through modern practices and compelling productions. Formed in 2020 by a group of like-minded percussionists with an adventurous and eclectic taste for percussive music, Morse Percussion hopes to inspire through exquisite contemporary percussion music making, educate and cultivate interest of classical percussion through interesting productions, and to be Singapore's first professional percussion group characterized by musical diversity and excellence.
Morse Percussion most recently played to a sold-out audience at the Esplanade concert hall at the Singapore Festival of Arts 2021. Their concert, titled Ghosts of Yesteryear, locally premiered music by American legend Philip Glass and award-winning composing sensation David T. Little. They have also appeared as Visiting Artists at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and at the Soundislands: Re: Sound festival at the Art Science Museum.
An ardent supporter of commissioning Singaporean works, Morse Percussion have worked with local composer Phang Kokjun to create five multi-disciplinary videos which include percussion and dance, creating a visual and audio story based on Morse code and the global pandemic, and serial award winning composer Cheng Jin Koh on a piece that was influenced by the art paintings of Georgette Chen. Earlier this year, Morse commissioned 5 local composers namely Dr Tony Makarome, Jon Lin Chua, Jonathan Shin, August Lum and Avik Chari to create percussion works of contrasting styles.