MUSIC & MAKAN: HEART. BRAIN
A Living Room, off River Valley Road
Sunday (15 October 2017)
Music & Makan is the brainchild of Beverly Hiong, cellist and musical entrepreneur, bringing together the two things which Singaporeans love best: good music and good food. (Good shopping has not been included but I won't count it out at some point the way the event is evolving.)
First held in Christmas 2012, this has become a regular affair at the home of the Hiongs. The formula is simple: get professional musicians to perform and talk about music, engage a Michelin-starred or top-notched chef to prepare tasty dishes, and bring an audience of hungry people who enjoy being entertained. This year, M&M became a ticketed event and one can actually buy tickets via Peatix to attend.
Last Sunday's M&M was attended by over 40 people, including newcomers to the arcane world of classical music. The performers were no strangers to Singapore's classical music scene, and they performed a varied selection of pieces, while gently dismissing the notion that classical music is boring, stuffy or sniffy. Music is a combination of heart and brain, and the pieces were selected to illustrate beauty and symmetry in music, while showcasing form and structure in the process.
|Here is the string quartet formed by:|
Chikako Sasaki & Christina Zhou, violins
Leslie Tan, cello & Christoven Tan, viola
|Beverly provides a friendly intro and|
the quartet plays the Notturno
from Borodin's Second String Quartet.
|Violist Christoven plays a movement|
from György Ligeti's Viola Sonata,
filled with microtones and overtones.
Leslie does an impression of Rodin's Thinker.
|To illustrate the fugal form, the|
Contrapunctus No.2 from J.S.Bach's
The Art of Fugue was performed.
|The concert closed with the first two movements|
from Shostakovich's String Quartet No.8.
|A peak at the audience, which got to|
sing Row, Row Your Boat
to appreciate the canon form.
|Chef Kit Wong's awesome spread|
of finger foods and canapes.
|The event was not sponsored by M&Ms,|
but you get the idea.
|Musical celebrities like conductor Jason Lai|
and Viva Viola man Jeremy Chiew
also made their presence.
|We trust everyone who came |
had a lovely time.
It is rumoured that the next Music & Makan will be held at an art gallery. To find out where and when, do check-out the dedicated website: www.musicandmakan.com