Young Singapore composers: Fusing Malay traditions with modern sounds

A self-taught accordionist, Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin tinkered with her own melodies on the piano when she was a child.
A self-taught accordionist, Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin tinkered with her own melodies on the piano when she was a child.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - "Fusion" is a word often used to describe the compositions of traditional Malay music advocate Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin.

The 31-year-old's works range from the experimental Ikan Girl, which was performed at the 2016 Singapore International Festival of Music and fused Malay and Western classical music, to a piece for the erhu and Indian violin at the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Oriental Strings concert.

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