Master musician Mr Iskandar Ismail and theatre master Mr Jeremiah Choy brought an original Singapore music and light performance to Czech Republic and Slovak Republic recently. Artitute had the privilege to watch and listen to the live preview.
You might have noticed Mr Iskandar Ismail’s name appearing in the credits of many locally produced TV programs, including Chinese ones. Long-time Singapore theatre fans often see Mr Jeremiah Choy’s name in theatre programs.
During the send-off party for the Singapore Spotlight — Bratislava and Prague team, we had the pleasure of listening and watching this performance of Living Dreams: Concert Suite At Dawn, a specially commissioned chamber work.
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First movement: In Sleep
“Within darkness, a single streak of light traces its way across time, across space.
Within the dream, a blink of the eyes, the pulse quickens, the rhythms of a sleeping body awakes in its dream.
Are we at rest? Who lives in our dreams?”
Second movement: Floating
“That moment between sleep and waking.
That feeling of floating, being adrift between darkness and light, night and morning.
The seduction of sleep draws you back to dream: the temptation of the day asks if you want to make it all happen.
You rest on the rays of dawn.”
Third movement: Remembering a Dream
“A flutter, a flourish, and a tender moment enters.
Reflections. Recollections. Reconnections.”
Fourth movement: Conversations
“The breath that takes you away.”
Fifth movement: Sunrise
“A morning has broken.
What do we leave behind? What do we move ahead with?
We live them, those Dreams. Living, Dreams.”
Concept development: Iskandar Ismail, Jeremiah Choy and Dawn Lim
Composer and Conductor: Iskandar Ismail
Director: Jeremiah Choy
Natasha Liu, Cello. She has even performed for Queen Elizabeth II.
Indra Shahrir, Keyboard. He was a popular EMI recording artiste in the 1970s.
M S Maniam, Tabla. Music has brought him to almost 89 countries and he is the resident percussionist at Zouk Club.
Rit Xu, Flute. Versatile with Eastern and Western classical flute playing, he was the soloist at the world’s 1st Youth Olympic Games.
Tay Zhiwen, Erhu. She was one of the soloists in a concert with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
Sharon Wong Hui Sian, Percussion. Besides performing Chinese and Western percussion, she also teaches children with special needs.
Riduan Zalani, Percussion. Versatile with various traditional and contemporary drums and percussions, he also composed for the world’s 1st Youth Olympic Games.
Gao Yang, Sound Engineer
Adrian Tan, Light Engineer
Jester Tang, Technical Manager
In the actual ensemble, there was a vocalist and a band from Slovak Republic which included a traditional musical instrument, the Fujara. In this preview, the instrumental parts were “played” by a computer with a fruit logo.
We thank The Old Parliament House Limited for giving Artitute the permission to record the audio and take photographs during the performance.
Photographs, audio recording: By Chee Wei Teck