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Malay, Chinese and Indian instruments and music take centre stage in upcoming concert

Malay, Chinese and Indian instruments and music take centrestage

Published on Jul 10, 2014 6:00 PM

The Asian Contemporary Ensemble is truly Singaporean, drawing on influences from a grab bag of different cultures for their upcoming concert, A Malay Rhythms Extravaganza.

The show will open at The Arts House this week, featuring an assortment of instruments including the Indian tabla drum, an accordion and the Chinese dizi (bamboo flute) playing compositions inspired by the rhythms of five types of Malay dance.

Artistic director and conductor of the group Wong Kah Chun, 28, says that the five-man group is a "collective of musicians passionate about connecting local and Asian heritage and traditions with stimulating, original new works by living composers".

The core members are Wong, pianist Abigail Sin, accordionist Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin, tabla player Govin Tan and dizi player Joyce Poh.

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Where: The Arts House, Living Room, 1 Old Parliament Lane

When: Friday, 7.30 to 8.30pm

Admission: $12. E-mail or text 9380-5393