Come 3 December, a forgotten aspect of Singapore’s heritage – dragon kilns – will be brought back to life on stage at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Songs of the Dragon Kiln, a multi-disciplinary concert by Ding Yi Music Company, will take its audience on a journey to explore the origin and development of the once vibrant trade – pottery making in Singapore.
Ding Yi is pulling out all the stops for this mesmerising concert, which will be directed and conducted by Quek Ling Kiong. Songs of the Dragon Kiln features music by National Arts Council Youth Artist award recipient and Singapore contemporary composer Dr Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, which will be accompanied with a documentary screening by David Yap.
For this stirring performance, musicians from Ding Yi will be using ceramic pots and cups as instruments, which are specially made by Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle – one of the oldest surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore. History and culture buffs should not miss this rousing production that seamlessly and vividly combines Chinese chamber music, documentary film and ceramics to pay tribute to the fast-fading art. Songs of the Dragon Kiln is the fourth of Ding Yi’s Of Music Series which aims to present Chinese chamber music in a more intriguing and immersive manner, showcasing multi-disciplinary art forms to evoke audience’s memories, emotions and appreciation of the music and art.
Wong De Li, Dedric, general manager of Ding Yi says: “Traditional Chinese music has the power to transport us to a different realm and foster a meaningful connection of culture in our lives. We hope this finale concert of Ding Yi’s 10th anniversary will deepen the audience’s appreciation for Chinese chamber music and experience its artistry and vastness.”
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Ticket prices: $25
When: 3 Dec 2017, 5pm + 7.45pm