Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PandaRocketShip X The Music Parlour #3rd Music Series - 23 July 2016

Dear readers,

Another upcoming music event given by Pandarocketship (a fellow music blogger Fatmah Talib) below:




Info: Pandarocketship X The Music Parlour are proud to present the third edition of our music series. Upcoming female acts such as Charlie Blouse, Ffion, Lisa Haryono & bittymacbeth.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1165327750228787/

Monday, July 4, 2016

Search for SouthEast Asia Bands for Summer Sonic Festival 2016!

Dear readers,

GigOut is on the lookout for Southeast Asian bands to join the festival lineup in Tokyo for Summer Sonic 2016 Festival! Details below as given by Audrey Lim (GigOut - Business Strategy and Partnerships).

Pic Credits to GigOut!

Search is on till closing date 13 July 2016! Click on GigOutApp.com/Summersonic to find out more!

For those who are interested to attend the festival, GigOut App (both in iOS and Android versions) allows you to purchase a festival ticket + hotel bundle directly without going through the hassle of reading Japanese or "foreign" words. :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Yamaha Asia Beat Competition 2015 Singapore National Champions "Sangriento" - Ghost of the Past EP launch - 2 July 2016

Dear readers,

Yamaha Asia Beat Competition 2015 Singapore Representative Champions band 
Sangriento is launching their debut EP launch on coming Saturday 2 July 2016.

Check out their Wanderer Official Music Video below!


More details on the EP launch below:

Date: 2 July 2016
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: BluJaz Café (12 Bali Lane, Singapore 189848) - Nearest MRT: Bugis
Supporting band acts: Boxchild and Victoria Street
Tickets: http://sangrientoghosts.peatix.com




I first met Rayne (their keyboardist) who was also at Singapore Baybeats Festival 2016 
observation deck in the discussion talk "How bands can leverage on indie labels and 
government programs?" on 25 June 2016. She was pretty friendly and invited me to 
her band EP launch. Such an invitation formed a good impression on me.

Lol yes sometimes I get invites to other band album launches to promote their music. 
But I don't do it just so to get invitations to cool music parties or performances. 

I do it because I like music and see/feel the struggles budding musicians have to go through 
in their music lives. Simply I just want to make the world a better place to live. 

I also got buy a lot of tickets to watch concerts in the past de hor...just that I cut down a lot 
nowadays due to other commitments.

Tip to new budding musicians/singer-songwriters/bands: If you are new to the scene, 
please network and build relationships with the "connectors" (music bloggers/photographers, 
indie music label managers, music promoters/publicists, music collective activists, 
government related art agencies like National Arts Council). 

Be friendly to them and respect them even if you don't think you will collaborate with them on your level. 
You never know how it may affect you. The scene is pretty small...words spread really fast lol.

For goodness sake, you need to either get their contact no, social media or some form of contact point to promote your music.

If you cannot be bothered to know these connectors better, they probably won't show interest to you 
as a person and your music though exceptions do happen who are real music lovers/activists.

Having said that, I need to talk to more people...sometimes too engrossed in listening and 
grooving to live music performances liao.

If you are not hungry enough to build connection networks with such "connectors", 
your music will be heard less likely by others even if your music is "good". 

The standard of musicianship and performance quality in bands/musicians is 
getting better each year in Singapore as compared to bands/musicians in the past. 

Ask yourself: "If everyone is so damn good at the same level, then how is your music 
going to differentiate from the rest of them?"

Ok enough rambling liao. Want to know them better?
Check out the press release media kit given by Rayne:





Appreciate the band for making such a professional looking press release media kit. 

It shows how serious they are in making sure that it looks presentable to promoters. 
If you don't take your promotion seriously, don't expect people to take you seriously.

If you like what you are reading, you can always subscribe to my blog via email, 
follow me on twitter or contact me for a coffee/tea session! :)

If you don't like what you have read, I also appreciate you for taking time to read my blog post. 
May you find more interesting blogs out there! :)

That's all from me! Until then, see u guys again!

MusicArtLifeSG
AJ

Friday, June 24, 2016

Siong Leng Musical Association Performing in Japan on 30 June 2016, 1 July 2016!

Dear readers,

Siong Leng Musical Association will be performing concerts in Japan on 30 June and 1 July 2016. 
If you happen to be in Japan or know friends/music lovers in Japan, 
pls help to spread the words about the concert. 

Japan makes me remind of my fond memories with my Japanese friend Kyohei Ichikawa 
who I met in Yamaha Plaza Singapura Branch. Of course I also informed him firsthand 
since he is also living in Yokohama. Learning to be more curious about others with an open heart 
brings so much more possibilities and opportunities with people. :)

Information provided by MingYi (Program Liaison Manager) - Siong Leng Musical Association




湘霊音楽社日本公演・東京公演伝統南音コンサート《新加坡的南音》
Performance Title: 《御前清曲》 
This performance consists of mostly traditional Nanyin pieces. The audience will get to enjoy pieces from over a 1000 years ago, performed by today's younger generation. The smooth and gentle tunes of Nanyin will sure work it's way into your soul.
Japanese Title: シンガポールの南音「御前清曲」
Date: 30 June 2016
Time: 7pm to 9pm 
Venue: Kawai Omotesando
   5-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0001, Japan

Link to buy tickets: http://siongleng-tokyo.peatix.com/view

湘霊音楽社Siong Leng Musical Associationは
シンガポールで19世紀から続く音楽グループで、
南音という伝統的な音楽の演奏をするグループ。
第二次世界大戦後、南音の歴史的展開に大きな役割を果たし、
東南アジアで独自に展開する南音の牽引役も果たした。
古典曲の伝統を受け継ぐ一方で、前社長の丁馬成が作詩した多くの創作作品を伝える。
また現在では多くの若手を育成し、精力的に新しい舞台作品を作り出している。

今回の日本公演は

    古典曲とシンガポールで創作された楽曲群によるコンサート
    世界を旅しながら作り上げてきた「五感で楽しむ」独自の舞台作品《Soul Journey》

の豪華2本立て。

本公演は「コンサート」です。

*開場時間は18:30〜。当日券は3,500円となります。

参考:南音とは
中国・南東海岸に位置する福建省にルーツをもつとされる音楽。
2009年、UNESCOの無形文化遺産にも登録されている。
静かで雅やかな響きに唐の時代の栄華を感じさせるが、
成立したのはもう少し後の時代である。
正倉院に納められた曲頸琵琶と同系統の古い形状の琵琶を用いることで知られる。
人々の移住にともない、東南アジア地域にも広く広がり、
現在でも国を超えて盛んに演奏交流が行われる。




湘霊音楽社日本公演・横浜公演・創作舞台作品《Soul Journey 横浜〜時空を超えた邂逅》
Performance Title: Soul Journey
In today's hectic and stressful World, where people are wearied by the clamorous demands of life, Soul Journey seeks to provide a rejuvenating experience for the senses, and nourishment for the soul and mind.
Japanese Title: 横浜公演・創作舞台作品《Soul Journey 横浜〜時空を超えた邂逅》
Date: 1 July 2016 
Time: 7pm to 9pm 
Venue: Yokohama Nigiwaiza
   3-110-1 Noge-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0064, Japan

Link to buy tickets: http://siongleng-yokohama.peatix.com/view

湘霊音楽社 Siong Leng Musical Association 初の日本公演!

湘霊音楽社Siong Leng Musical Associationは
シンガポールで19世紀から続く音楽グループで、
南音という伝統的な音楽の演奏をするグループ。
第二次世界大戦後、南音の歴史的展開に大きな役割を果たし、
東南アジアで独自に展開する南音の牽引役も果たした。
古典曲の伝統を受け継ぐ一方で、前社長の丁馬成が作詩した多くの創作作品を伝える。
また現在では多くの若手を育成し、精力的に新しい舞台作品を作り出している。

今回の日本公演は

    古典曲とシンガポールで創作された楽曲群によるコンサート
    世界を旅しながら作り上げてきた「五感で楽しむ」独自の舞台作品《Soul Journey》

の豪華2本立て。

本公演は「創作舞台作品《Soul Journey 横浜〜時空を超えた邂逅》」です。

*開場時間は18:30〜。当日券は3,500円となります。

参考:南音とは
中国・南東海岸に位置する福建省にルーツをもつとされる音楽。
2009年、UNESCOの無形文化遺産にも登録されている。
静かで雅やかな響きに唐の時代の栄華を感じさせるが、
成立したのはもう少し後の時代である。
正倉院に納められた曲頸琵琶と同系統の古い形状の琵琶を用いることで知られる。
人々の移住にともない、東南アジア地域にも広く広がり、
現在でも国を超えて盛んに演奏交流が行われる。


I am glad to meet MingYi at Siong Leng Musical Association during 
Singapore Heritage Festival Bukit Pasoh Street Party on 1st May 2016

A patient passionate lady who is so keen to share her knowledge on Nanying Music 
with me in such a short time. It's pretty rare to see a young lady like her to be so interested in 
playing/preserving Chinese tradition (Hokkien) music in a modern society like Singapore. 

Props to her and her fellow Siong Leng Musical Association members 
in preserving and carrying the line! Haha maybe I should start searching 
and understanding more about Teochew music since I am a Teochew. 

Yet Xinyao music remains much more relevant to my parents and me as 
part of us growing up in the period of Singapore music history. 
Lyrics in Xinyao music carries a certain poetical imagery feel to it. 
Haha hard choice to make. ;) 

Until then, I am signing off. See u guys around! 

MusicArtLifeSG
AJ

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Korg Pa600SG Music Project Interview

Hi readers,

I mentioned that I will be bringing more interview/news for 
Singapore's First Musical Keyboard Korg Pa600SG Product Launch. 
Check out the interview below:

Korg Pa600SG music project Interview
Interviewer: AJ Chen (MusicArtLifeSG)
Interviewees: RP student graduates (Diploma in Sonic Arts Programme) 


1. How were u guys selected for this project?
-We weren't selected. It was a topic that was given for us to choose. So happen our team selected this Korg project.

2. How was your experience working with various project mates, musicians and partners (City Music, Korg, Republic Polytechnic) involved in the project?
-It was a very enriching experience to work with a great team and helpful facilitator in this project. Not forgetting market players such as City Music and first-hand interaction with local traditional musicians.Indeed, very eye opening.

3. What are the challenges faced in completing this project?
-Few challenges include language barrier, accommodating school timing among the members and also the timing with the musicians.

4. If there was one particular item you could change in this project, what would it be?
-One item eyy..hmmmm, I guess better school timetable that doesn't clash with this FYP project would help us manage the project better.

5. What funny/quirky observation would you share about yourself or your project mates?
-When we are stressed out we eat and just sing and dance to random songs to let it off. Our form of entertainment.

6. What plans (music/non-music related) do you guys have in near future? 
Feel free to share your music stuff if you like it to be featured in my music blog.
- For now all of us are walking different paths. At the moment,I'm the only one pursuing music related course at Lasalle.
my visual blog: http://ajmakenoise.tumblr.com

7. Who are the people you like to thank for this music project?
-Firstly to thank Republic Polytechnic for giving such an opportunity, awesome facilitator, Ting Hsiang, my team without them things would not have put into action and last but not least family and friends who have never doubted me :)

---------------------------------------- End of interview ---------------------------------------------------

In the meanwhile, I have been attending music events and meeting with a no. of related music professionals/lovers (DJs, musicians, music promoters, music companies, music startup etc...) 
to connect, understand and learn about valuable tips/insights about music industry/tradition/culture as a whole. 

In understanding and learning such music information, I hope MusicArtLifeSG can help to contribute to 

support/build/inspire musicians, music company start-ups, music industry/culture in its own small capacity. 

Yes I have been learning valuable lessons about life in this journey of discovery.


I am not an advocate of supporting "local music". 

Rather I look music as individual choices that people choose for themselves or society will choose for them. 

I believe that if you as a musician/music builder who is working really hard to hone your craft, 

learning to build your own brand identity and building good relationship with the music/art connectors 
(music bloggers, music promoters, photographers etc...), fans will come flocking to you.

When you reach that level, it doesn't matter if your music is from Singapore or a musician based in Singapore. 

Music transcends boundaries.



Spread love within yourself and others! :)

As much as I would like to contribute more, I can only do so much with limited time and resources.

If you like to help MusicArtLifeSG in your own way, I will be more than glad to talk to you. 

And if you like what you have read, subscribe to my blog via email, 

follow me on twitter or contact me for a coffee/tea session.

A sidenote: A Singapore traditional music association will be performing in Japan (Tokyo) on 30 June and Yokohama on 1 July 2016 nights. 

I will be posting the information this coming friday. 

Be sure to look out for it!

If you are in Japan or know music lovers who is in Japan, please help to share the information with them when I posted the information.


Btw if any of you are fellow Singaporean musicians based in overseas, I will also love to connect with you. :) 

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