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Arts Picks: Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chinese porcelain and Nikhil Chopra

Published on Aug 15, 2014 8:11 AM
 

RETURN OF THE BRUBECK

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra opens its 2014/2015 season with a cross-cultural gala performance that will see the orchestra collaborate with renowned American jazz group the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

The quartet is helmed by brothers Chris and Daniel Brubeck, sons of jazz great Dave Brubeck. The other members are Mike DeMicco and Chuck Lamb.

The programme will feature jazz classics such as Blue Rondo A La Turk, In Your Own Sweet Way and Take Five, with a fresh spin.

Where: Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall, 7 Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Today & tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $35 - $110 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)


CHINA MANIA! THE GLOBAL PASSION FOR PORCELAIN, 800-1900

Dewy, delicate and oh-so-difficult to duplicate, Chinese porcelain is the star of a new show at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

The precious white ceramic was coveted around the world as early as the ninth century with royalty, nobility and the socially aspirational all yearning to own a piece, or more, of china.

The more than 180 sumptuous artefacts, including this incense burner, on display tell the story of the international trade spurred by made-in-China porcelain and how it, in turn, fired up creativity in ceramic art and crafts.

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place When: Till Dec 14, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 9pm (Fri) Admission: Free for citizens, permanent residents & children aged six & below; $8 (adult), $4 (student & senior aged 60 & above)


ALIWAL ARTS NIGHT CRAWL

Play under the stars tonight in the heritage-rich Kampong Glam district as the Aliwal Arts Centre organises its annual night crawl. Arts groups housed in the multi-disciplinary arts centre will stage free acts and the evening's programme includes a vocal showcase by The A Cappella Society. There will also be a drum and percussion performance by Malay drum ensemble Nadi Singapura on the Malay Heritage Centre's lawn.

Visitors can try their hand at painting a wing of the centre's facade with virtual graffiti or support local craft-makers at the flea market. Cafes, boutiques and bars in the area will also take part by offering exclusive discounts.

Where: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, & Kampong Glam MRT: Nicoll Highway When: Today, 6pm till late Admission: Free Info: For full list of performances, go to www.aliwalartscentre.sg


GIVE ME YOUR BLOOD AND I WILL GIVE YOU FREEDOM

Indian performance artist Nikhil Chopra draws on the anguish and fervour of India's fight for freedom against colonial rule in 1934 in this 50-hour durational performance.

A special commission by the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the performance will blend theatre with visual art as he maps out landscapes in black ink on a white canvas as an expression of the grim, bloody battle for liberation.

This live installation is best experienced through repeated visits to the show over the 50 hours.

Where: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road MRT: Clarke Quay When: Today, 7pm, till Sun, 9pm Admission: $35 from Sistic