GMX Trio x The Steve McQueens
The Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise proudly presented GMX Trio’s debut performance in Singapore at Voilah! Festival 2019 with a two-night, double-bill concert that also shone the spotlight on Singapore’s very own neofuture jazz outfit The Steve McQueens. Opening the night, The Steve McQueens served up their signature sounds and premiered new compositions to cheers from the crowd.
The second half was helmed by GMX Trio, featuring Guy-Marc Vadeleux (GMX, piano) with Daniel Dantin (drums) and Jacobo Velez (clarinet and saxophone). Steeped in jazz with strong Caribbean influences, GMX has been hailed as one of the most talented pianists of the new music scene in Martinique and it showed from his very first notes. GMX held court over the full-house at Cool Cats, leading the audience with driving rhythms and alluring island vibes.
Funds raised during the concert went towards the The Steve McQueen’s year-end Asia tour.
To round up their first stop in Singapore, GMX Trio performed another concert to enthusiastic response the next day at LASALLE College of the Arts, which is also a valued institutional partner of The Foundation. The LASALLE Lunchtime Concert Series is a longstanding college initiative that aims to broaden the musical horizons of students at LASALLE, while providing professional opportunities for those in the audio production and film courses. The concert was livestreamed on YouTube.
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Home-grown charity The Foundation For The Arts And Social Enterprise has also launched a 10-year Music Commissioning Series to support Singapore composers and build up a canon of local contemporary music – from Chinese orchestra and cross-cultural works to jazz and musicals.
Singaporean Jazz-vocalist Joanna Dong teamed up with composer Chok Kerong to release ‘第一章’ (The First Chapter) on the 24th of September, marking the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined series “The Series” – which will see four artists reimagining a symphony written by Russian composer Vladimir Martynov and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Singapore jazz singer Joanna Dong’s new single titled “Chapter One” will be released on 24 September on major digital platforms, the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined Series – an initiative by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise.
Press Release: Singaporean jazz singer Joanna Dong’s new single titled 《第一章》will be released on 24 September on major digital platforms, the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined Series (“the Series”) – an initiative by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise (“The Foundation”) that will see four artists reimagine a symphony inspired by Singapore, written by a Russian composer and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).
Michael Tay’s early interest in philosophy has profoundly shaped the way he thinks about issues and trends – simultaneously teaching him how to seek underlying motivations and causes in the area of problem-solving. This, together with his passion for the arts and its place in society, led to the genesis of Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise, which aims to pin Singapore’s art scene onto the world map.