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Concert review: A Malay Rhythms Extravaganza by Asian Contemporary Ensemble

Published on Jul 13, 2014 9:55 AM

The Living Room @ The Arts House

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The Asian Contemporary Ensemble was formed by young conductor-composer Wong Kah Chun to showcase new music written by young Asian composers reflecting their unique ethnic cultures and heritage. It made its debut several years ago at the National University of Singapore Centre for the Arts. Now it even has a season of its own, with this opening concert centred on Malay music.

For most non-Muslims, Singapore's indigenous music is occasionally heard at Malay weddings, the odd multi-cultural event and television variety shows. The traditional concert hall where Beethoven is king might seem as foreign as possible a venue to hear Malay music, but this 90 minute concert, attended by a full house, broke down barriers.

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