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Preview: Of Music and Sound by Ding Yi Music Company


What makes a sound, and what images can soundscapes evoke? Whether it’s a waveof nostalgia, a long-forgotten memory, or the serene wilderness, soundscapes take centrestage with the latest of Ding Yi Music Company’s annual year end concerts, with Of Music and Sound 《乐。音》.

Presented in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Of Music and Sound is set to take audiences on an an immersive aural experience through nature, as inspired by sound originating from the natural landscapes of Singapore. Presented live at Esplanade Recital Studio on 13th December 2020,  (Sun), the concert will be led by Ding Yi Music Company Principal Conductor Quek Ling Kiong, and features an integrated soundscape of Chinese classics and sound art.

Ding Yi has collaborated with sound artist Zai Tang, who aims to amplify your awareness of the sounds around you with the sounds of Singapore’s nature recorded and created by him. The concert will also feature a newly commissioned work by Ding Yi Composer-in-Residence, Phang Kok Jun, incorporating familiar excerpts from ten ancient Chinese classics, such as High Mountains and Flowing Water, and Rain Lashing on the Plantain. Conceptualised and created over a year-long journey, this concert will home in on your sense of hearing, drawing you to the fundamental element of music – sound.

“The Of Music series is an important annual year-end showcase by Ding Yi to create meaningful and engaging productions of Chinese chamber music and various art forms,” said Principal Conductor Quek Ling Kiong, “Despite the pandemic, the team has been working on this production for a year with Kok Jun and Zai, whom have been recording sounds of natural landscapes to present a full auditory experience. This concert came very timely where we had a chance to take a slower pace in life to discover the nature and sounds around us, especially during the circuit breaker period.

Of Music and Sound plays on 13th December 2020 (5pm and 8pm) at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets available from SISTIC

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