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Sounds of Singapore is a series of four events each featuring one band: Nadi Singapura, Kulcha, Flame of the Forest and SA, all of whom are local bands that compose original music and actively contribute to the Singapore music scene.

The series is a platform for the bands to perform some of their original work and talk about their musical practice and identities.

Each event will include a live performance, discussion/Q&A and a special preview of a short film which tells the story of these musicians, their lives and their dreams.

To attend, please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/NCs9V9sMRdZuDP233

Nadi Singapura: performance, talk and film screening: Monday, 9 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm 

NADI Singapura is made up of young, aspiring, impartial musicians who believe in uplifting their traditional drums and percussions like no other. 'NADI', which refers to 'pulse' or 'flow of consciousness' in Malay, features the most common Malayan drums found in Singapore. 

You can now watch the session here:

Kulcha: performance, talk and film screening: Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm 

KULCHA is a modern and fusion music outfit that creates and plays music featuring a variety of traditional Asian and non-Western instruments like the Chinese pipa, Indian bansuri, Indonesian angklung and Middle Eastern gambus, against a contemporary sound scape. The band embarked on a journey to rediscover and reconnect with their cultural identity. KULCHA explores these questions in the urban jungle we call, Home — What does it mean to be part of a certain heritage? What does it mean to have a cultural identity? Do we have something to call OUR cultural identity? 

You can watch the session here:

Flame of the Forest :performance, talk and film screening: Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm 

Flame of the Forest (FOTF) is a world fusion music group that has a long history. Inheriting the band from their father, Kenny Tan, Krsna and Govin Tan sought to update the concepts and philosophies bestowed upon them by their predecessors from the 80s. Incorporating styles from other genres, the band synergizes the different ideas and concepts from all other music with their understanding of Indian Classical and Folk music - concocting a refreshing blend of music. In addition to combining genres, the band also modernizes vital concepts of World Fusion Music that are easily ignored by many. FOTF aims to give an enhanced perspective on the musical alchemy that they have developed by inspiring, influencing, educating and communicating with listeners through their music. 

You can watch the session here:

SA: performance, talk and film screening: Thursday, 12 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm 

SA: Music may be time and culture specific but sound knows no limits. The trio of SA(仨) create their own soundscapes, exploring all possibilities not bound by time or culture.For SA(仨), their exploration of sound begins with each instrument and every original composition is a bold experiment that combines traditional elements with modern techniques, such as live looping. Spontaneous at every turn, each performance is a risk that the band takes as they delve into the question of identity. Founded in 2010, (仨), meaning “three” in northern Chinese dialect, is a tribute to their Chinese roots. Professionally trained in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, Andy C plays the dizi (flute), Natalie Alexandra plays the guzheng (zither) and Cheryl Ong plays drums and percussion.

You can watch the session here


The documentary "Sounds of Singapore" was created, bringing us closer to the musical lives of four specific musical groups (SA, NADI Singapura, Flame of the Forest and Kulcha):



9 January 2017 - 12 January 2017

Multi-purpose Hall, #01-03 (A.K.A. The Black Box)

Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918



Nadi Singapura:          Monday, 9 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm

Kulcha:                         Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Flame of the Forest:  Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm
SA:                                 Thursday, 12 Jan 2017, 7:30 pm - 9 pm

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