Made up of Syndicate's Safuan Johari (aka Max Lane) and Tiramisu's Rizman Putra, Singaporean duo NADA has consistently been one of local music's most fascinating and cutting-edge exports in recent years.
The pair's sound is entirely unique - combining deconstructed popular Malay songs from past generations with their own electronic sensibilities and dynamic vocals to create something that's part band and part performance art. Gaining attention far beyond our shores, their unique NADA project has been invited to showcase in Paris, Beijing, London and New York.
And as we've seen in the past, NADA have also been unafraid to explore a variety of collaborations when presented, ranging from enlisting traditional kebaya dancers (at the Peranakan Musuem for Night Fest) to crafting new songs with French singers (at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo) to putting on full-scale theater plays (as part M1 Singapore Fringe Festival).
Next month, NADA will be embarking on yet another intriguing collaboration, this time with a huge string ensemble hailing from Hamburg called Ensemble Resonanz. Organized by the good folks at the Goethe-Institut, this special one-off performance will see both disparate musical entities merging to "create a unique sound that is both local and international."
Billed as "Urban String Night", this meeting between Singaporean soundscapes and classical music will take place at the Aliwal Arts Centre on Tuesday, 7 February. To reserve tickets, you simply have to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen NADA's Bandwagon Mix below.