Emboldening cross-genre, cross cultural, unfettered music creation and collective improvisation, Playfreely organised by The Observatory and in collaboration with Ujikaji Records returns this year - and this time at an exclusive new venue.
Accommodating the two-day music experiment is spanking new venue, The Projector. The converted space was once cinema halls of the historic Golden Theatre at Beach Road. Over the three days, expect to see fresh new ideas, impromptu collaborations and a journey into musical education.
The two-day programme will feature two parts: Part 1 starting on 28 January will showcase live scoring to short films by Charles Lim. Far East Network (FEN), an experimental music quartet will be on hand to soundtrack the films. Part 2 resumes on 30 January and will feature an exciting new component, The Playfreely Ensemble, led by Japanese composer and multi-instrumentalist, Otomo Yoshihide. The ensemble is made up of local, regional, and international musicians and they will be working together to exchange, explore and work on ideas for a final outcome in the form of a live performance.
Here are the musicians involved:
Otomo Yoshihide (Japan) - Conductor/Guitar/Turntable
Kok Siew Wai (Malaysia) - Voice
Dennis Tan (Singapore) - DIY Electronics
Heddy Boubaker (France) - Modular Synth
Yui-Saowakhon Muangkruan (Thailand) - Cello
Sachiko M (Japan) - Sine Waves
Yan Jun (China) - Electronics/Feedback
George Chua (Singapore) - Modular Synth
Aya Sekine (Japan) - Piano
Cheryl Ong (Singapore) - Chinese Percussion
DJ Sniff (Japan) - Turntable
Hankil Ryu (South Korea) - Typewriter/Snare Drum
Leslie Low (Singapore) - Guitar
Jase Sng (Singapore) - Bass
Tadashi Yonago (Japan) - Instant DIY Sound Objects