MUSIC & MAKAN:
WHAT LIES BEYOND
The Culture Story,
Thye Hong Centre
Saturday (2 December 2017)
The most recent Music & Makan was held not at home but at an art gallery. This was the first time its founder Beverly Hiong ventured outside of her family home, to host a M&M session at The Culture Story, a gallery space located in Thye Hong Centre, near Redhill.
On this occasion, the participating artists were to craft their works in a collaborative spirit with the art pieces on display, and the results were revelatory. The choice of inviting a soprano, harpist and sonic alchemist was an interesting one, which produced a somewhat unusual concert - with two of the world's oldest instruments (voice and plucked strings) juxtaposed with electronic manipulation of sounds. This with the modern art in the background conjured a sense of the surreal.
There was wine, desserts and sweetmeats, and the socialising that have made Music & Makan enjoyable and hopefully enduring encounters.
|An audience gathers before the session begins|
|Soprano Ng Jingyun surprised everyone by making|
a sudden appearance with
Georges Aperghis' Recitations 11,
which combines speech,song and melodrama.
|Jingyun and harpist Laura Peh performed|
melodies by Debussy and Fauré
|On her own, Laura performed|
Alphonse Hasselman's La Source.
|The tools of sonic alchemist Mervin Wong|
included his viola and a laptop with
fancy programmes that generate and morph music.
|The audience was entranced by Mervin's creations,|
including Reveries, Ab Aeterno, Aphelion and
Enter The Void which were "composed" in
response to various artworks.
|The performers take a bow after the hour-long concert.|
|Music & Makan founder Beverly Hiong|
addresses the audience.
|With the music completed, |
here's the makan segment!
|Music celebrities like SSO Principal Cellist Ng Pei Sian|
also attended, seen here with his friend Michelle and Beverly.
|The audience mingling after the concert.|