InTempo 2017: Rise of the Transhuman by NUS Wind Symphony

InTempo 2017: Rise of the Transhuman by NUS Wind Symphony

19 March 2017
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InTempo 2017: Rise of the Transhuman
NUS Wind Symphony
Creative Partner: Centre for Biomedical Ethics, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
$27, Students: $19

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Proudly presented by NUS Centre For The Arts

Transhumanism is the ideology of enhancing human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities through advanced technology. NUS Wind Symphony explores the implications of the development of transhumans and their impact on human life through music by modern composers such as Steven Bryant, David Maslanka and Daisuke Shimizu.

Electronic music seamlessly weaved into traditional wind band music in Steven Bryant's Ecstatic Waters is used as a musical metaphor of how peace in humanity can be achieved through transhuman technologies that create a collective subconscious. Traveler by David Maslanka suggests that in the future, human consciousness may be transferred or uploaded into a collective memory, allowing one to essentially'travel forward through time' by having perpetual life.

The NUS Wind Symphony will also premiere a special commissioned work by emerging Japanese composer Daisuke Shimizu.


Since its inception in 1968, the NUS Wind Symphony has established itself as one of the premier wind orchestras in Singapore. Boasting an illustrious history, the wind orchestra places its emphasis on creating quality music with a wide range of quality repertoire of varying difficulty – from orchestral transcriptions to modern band music.

From its humble beginnings as a military band, NUSWS has since grown from strength to strength, playing works of increasing depth and sophistication under the baton of its Resident Conductor, PBM A/P Ho Hwee Long, as well as Associate Conductor, Mr Francis Tan.

As one of the pioneering bands in Singapore, NUSWS also aims to produce world class musicians who have a fine appreciation for the arts and who will lead the arts scene both locally and internationally. NUSWS performs two concerts every year Da Capo in October featuring freshmen talents, and InTempo, Singapore's longest running concert series, in March and has participated in several music festivals and competitions overseas.

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