Esplanade’s Mosaic Music Series 2020: Six Acts To Look Out For From Now to March (Preview)
Since first started in October 2004, the Esplanade’s Mosaic Music series have brought in some of the best music from the most creative artists from all over the world. While initially having focused on jazz and world music, Mosaic has expanded to include alternative, indie and other non-mainstream music genres. No longer is it a 10-day Music Festival, but a regular presentation throughout the year, ensuring there would always be someone to look forward to catching, or discovering, as the months go by.
On Valentine’s Day, celebrate with a little local music as Esplanade Mosaic Associate Artist The Steve McQueens take to the Annexe Studio to present an evening of brand new songs before going on tour for Japan’s Big Romantic Jazz Festival in Tokyo and Indonesia’s Java Jazz. Swerving between cool seduction and gripping magnetism, this progressive neo-vintage soul-funk band refuses to conform, gaining critical acclaim and making their mark on the world as they tour the Asia-Pacific region.
Twenty-time Grammy Award-winning jazz guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny (US) returns to
Esplanade on 2nd March for another unforgettable evening featuring music from across his career. Having first burst into the international jazz scene in 1974, his debut album Bright Size Life in 1975 was said to have reinvented the jazz guitar sound for a new generation of musicians, and over the years, Metheny has continued to redefine the genre by utilising new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.
Known for his delicate and airy falsetto paired beautifully with instrumental accompaniments, Welsh singer-songwriter Novo Amor (UK) performs for two evenings on 5th and 6th March. With the promise of beautiful soundscapes, get ready for an evening of ‘trembling, spectral beauty’ with the band’s soulful sound and minimalist lyrics.
Fresh off the release of their debut full-length album, ADOY (Korea) returns to perform on 7th March, following the success of their earlier EPs CATNIP (2017) and LOVE (2018). With VIVID, the band bridges the gap between the commercial and the indie, taking the music world by storm with their unique sound, recently winning the Judges Award at the Seoul Music Awards (2019).
Indie folk darling Ichiko Aoba (Japan) who has recorded with the likes of Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Keigo Oyamada performs on 13th March, bringing her amuletum bouquet concert to the Esplanade Recital Studio. With six studio albums to her name, Aoba has most recently toured throughout Japan in 30 locations to promote her latest album qp. The highly successful tour has also extended to Reykjavik, Copenhagen, London and Paris. Aoba also provides commercial music for well-known brands such as UNIQLO, Kewpie, Odakyu Romance Car, Tokyo Electron, Zojirushi, Tama Home and Zexy. She has also starred in musicals, and has even extended her talents to voice acting, playing the role of Trixie in the short animation film Blade Runner Blackout 2022.
Finally, pop sensation Christopher (Denmark) who has garnered over 1 billion
streams worldwide makes his Singapore debut on 29th March. Each of his releases have reached gold or platinum status, and four albums and 17 singles later, Christopher has become one of the biggest male pop stars from Denmark, scoring nine chart-topping singles in China and selling out shows in Asia and Europe.
Tickets for all Mosaic Music Series programmes are available from their website here