ArtScience Late: Seed
21 March 2019, Thursday | 8pm & 9pm
Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability.
Lionel Tan and Leslie Tan from the T’ang Quartet, Mervin Wong (Theemptybluesky) and Open Score Project come together for an exciting experimental music collaboration at ArtScience Late as part of the performance season of Minimalism.
Seed features a curious juxtaposition of sonic worlds: viola, cello, pipa, morin khuur (Mongolian horsehead fiddle), erhu, accordion and electronics. The performance project channels their musical languages into a synthesis of polycultural textures to spontaneous and unique results.
Seed is presented at the ArtScience Late monthly performance series as part of the programming for Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. The exhibition marks a first-time collaboration between ArtScience Museum and National Gallery Singapore. Over 150 works of art - many being shown in Singapore for the first time - are set across the two sites exploring the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, both venues will host music, film and dance events, showcasing the impact Minimalism has had on many other art forms.
About T’ang Quartet
The T’ang Quartet is known for many things. Ground-breaking. Cutting-edge. Artistically impeccable. Constant innovation, steady reinvention and regular updates are the name of the game for the T’ang Quartet. The quartet's creative output is an artful blend of East and West, seamlessly reinterpreting classical work for contemporary fans while appealing to traditional audiences.
For the past 20 years, the group’s musical dexterity has surprised and delighted audiences in Singapore and the rest of the world. The sheer evolutionary magnitude of the string chamber group is astounding. What started out as a unanimous purpose to break new ground in the sharing of music to a larger audience has grown unwaveringly.
Along the way, the T’ang Quartet has collaborated and performed with contemporaries and friends, among them: John Chen, Fingin Collins, Marian Hahn, Qin LiWei, Karin Schaupp, Noriko Ogawa, Tedd Joselson and Horia Mihail, and Carter Enyeart.
About Mervin Wong
Mervin Wong (Theemptybluesky) is a sonic alchemist who creates music and sculpts sound, producing and composing bespoke music for film, media, installations, as well as collaborations with performing and visual artists. Mervin also has a hand in a wide range of multidisciplinary collaborations that allow him to venture and explore beyond the realm of sound into film, multimedia-visuals, installations, projection mapping, and bespoke production design.
Mervin’s latest artistic outputs include scoring the music for That Which Cannot Be Divided presented by Esplanade’s Huayi Festival 2019, SRT’s production of Guards at the Taj, co-directing Voyage Festival 2018 at the YST Conservatory, his work on Osmosis, an unlikely trio with pianist Nat Ng, and poet Felix Cheong, as well as arranging and producing a version of Majulah Singapura for Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2018. His debut album Aphelion was launched in 2018.
About Open Score Project
The Open Score Project (OSP) is a syncretic ensemble founded by Syafiqah 'Adha and Gildon Choo in 2018. Comprising of musicians from different cultural backgrounds and musical influences, OSP draws inspiration upon the different cultural traditions of Singapore for its original works and arrangements. The soundscape of the ensemble encompasses a variety of color from different ethnic instruments, such as the morin khuur, pipa, tabla, accordion, cello amongst others. The mission of the ensemble is to paint a unique soundscape fitting of the rich cultural diversity in Singapore through artistic exchanges and collaboration among artists.
OSP’s recent performances include the Singapore Garden Festival '18 at Gardens by the Bay, Shantanjali Festival of Arts and Voyage Festival '18 organised by Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, where OSP debuted her first original work Ebullience.