“Prana” means breathe/living life force in Sanskrit. The act of inhaling and exhaling together synchronizes the performers as well as the audiences into a collective state of consciousness throughout the duration of the show. The pranic energy changes and evolves through the interaction of different people, places, and circumstances.
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” – Albert Einstein
This album is the result of the pranic energy that was exchanged during my tour in Japan in February 2016. Dharma, Aya Sekine, and I will synchronize our energies together with the audience at my album launch.
“There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.” – Auguste Rodin
Andy Chia, May 2016
"PRANA - Live in Japan" Album Launch
Venue: Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149
Entry with CD: $30
Additional copies of Andy Chia's solo debut "PRANA - Live in Japan" will be sold at $20
Andy was the first to be admitted into the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as a traditional Chinese bamboo flute student. He was also the first Singaporean to receive a master of arts in dizi performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, as a National Arts Council scholar.
Though he has been trained traditionally and classically in Chinese flute, he seeks constant experimentation to explore the boundaries of sonic experience. He has incorporated the use of electronic effects and extended techniques such as flute boxing, throat singing, as well as hand crafted his own slide didgeridoo using pipes.
Andy is also the artistic director of SAtheCollective, a recipient of the NAC Seed Grant 2016–19, and also the musician of experimental ethnic trio SA(仨). Andy has gained a myriad of experiences performing both locally and internationally in countries such as France, China, USA, Korea, Japan, India amongst others.
Dharma is best known as the former guitarist of Singapore out-rock group The Observatory, involved in seven extraordinary albums of diverse moods and styles, from the downtempo cool debut of Time of Rebirth (2004) right up to the gamelan fusion of Continuum (2015). His side projects have been extensions of this varied practice - Meddle (kraut rock melee), and Chöd (spiritual noise-drones). During the 90s he was guitarist of Singapore blues-rock veterans Heritage and later on founding funk fusion outfit Throb. Dharma’s solo practice, which came to fore with his 2013 solo debut, Intergranular Space, has opened up new vistas for his guitar work. Using prepared and extended techniques, his guitar no longer just plays notes and chords, but summons forth colours, textures and visceral responses.
Aya Sekine is a Japanese jazz pianist, improvisor and composer who has been actively performing worldwide over the past two decades. As a performer, she is best known for her soulful and dynamic style of jazz and improvisations, but also for her versatility and cross-genre collaborations with artists in the region. Also known as an integral part of Singapore’s music scene she has been the founder of the live music program of Blu Jaz Café, where she created an infrastructure to continually raise the bar for quality live entertainment, programming live music for ten years since 2006.
Her recent work includes an audio-visual-movement performance with multi-disciplinary artist AnGie Seah at ArtScience Museum, an improvisation project Ayaschool at The Esplanade’s Jazz In July program and a commissioned composition project Pin品 for The Pipa Quartet at SOTA Concert Hall. She performs as a member of local soul/jazz group L.A.B (Listen And Believe), and a soundpainting collective Erik Satay & The Kampong Arkestra led by Tim O’Dwyer.
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