Multimedia design for Reflections - An Interdisciplinary Concert an Esplanade Commission by MUSA The Collective (Singapore)
(Official event page & links to tickets here)
Our time on earth is but a speck of dust when viewed through the lenses of infinite time.
MUSA The Collective invites you to reflect on our human experience through eight musical movements in one multisensory evening of inspiration.
Reflections is an interdisciplinary music performance centred around the reality of life that everything in it is ultimately impermanent. Featuring life stories, the intimate and paradoxical nuances of our lives are captured and put on display, illuminating a complex truth that is interwoven with contrasts and contradictions.
Rooted in traditional Chinese music and possessing a contemporary style, MUSA is a trio comprising twins Clara Tan Su-Min (zhongruan) and Sophy Tan Su-Hui (guzheng), and composer/arrange Dayn Ng. They are joined in this concert—conceptualised together with sound artist and multimedia designer Mervin Wong, playwright Isaiah Christopher Lee and voice-over artist Andy Pang—by an ensemble featuring keyboards, erhu, viola, cello and percussion.
Formed in mid-2015, MUSA comprises of zhongruan soloist Su-Min, guzheng soloist Su-Hui, along with composer and arranger Dayn Ng. The group believes in the creation of a new contemporary identity that is representative of Singapore’s interculturalism by preserving traditional elements of Chinese music and giving it a modern twist in their music.
MUSA’s original and rearrangements works can be found on their YouTube channel MUSA_sg, which has amassed more than 8 million views to date. The group has also been featured on various media outlets such as The Straits Times, Channel News Asia, Hello Singapore, 883 JIA FM. They have performed in several international events, such as for the Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore in Chennai, China-based television programmes such as Day Day Up and Chinese Music Banquet Season 2, and music festivals such as the Padang Indian Ocean Music Festival 2017 and Saarang Festival India 2019. They have previously premiered their original works at Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts and Moonfest – A Mid Autumn Celebration at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Performance photos by Goh Ming Wei / THE WHITE DOJO
(synopsis courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)