Preview: Songs of the Dragon Kiln by Ding Yi Music Company

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This December, the Ding Yi Music Company will be shedding light on one of Singapore’s forgotten places and present a truly unique concert experience with Songs of the Dragon Kiln.

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As the fourth concert in Ding Yi’s annual Of Music Series, Songs of the Dragon Kiln continues to champion new and innovative forms of presenting Chinese chamber music in a more intriguing and immersive manner, following last year’s sold-out Of Music And Art: The Legend Retold – Sisters’ Islands, where the team performed a concert while weaving in Javanese dance and sand art.

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This time around, their concert focuses on highlighting the Dragon Kiln and the art of wood-firing. Built in the 1940s, the Dragon Kiln at Thow Kwang is one of the oldest surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore for wood-firing. Conducted and directed by Mr Quek Ling Kiong, Songs of the Dragon Kiln features the Ding Yi Music Company performing music composed by Singaporean composer and National Arts Council Youth Artist award recipient Dr Zechariah Goh Toh Chai with a twist – using ceramic pots and cups made by Thow Kang Pottery Jungle as instruments. This performance will also be accompanied by a documentary film by David Yap and together, will trace the origin and history of dragon kilns in Singapore, paying homage to this once vibrant but fast fading trade.

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Once again pushing boundaries and offering an immersive musical experience like no other, Songs of the Dragon Kiln makes for a perfect way to expand one’s mind and learn a little more about some of the lesser known aspects our local heritage while enjoying a wonderful Sunday evening listening to and discovering elegantly composed and well-performed Chinese chamber music in the comfort of the Esplanade Recital Studio. Book your tickets now, as seats are limited!

Photo Credit: Ding Yi Music Company

Songs of the Dragon Kiln plays at the Esplanade Recital Studio on 3rd December at 5pm and 7.45pm. Tickets available from SISTIC

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