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.
An excerpt from Dr. Chang Tou Liang’s review from his classical music blog – pianomania. Russian composer Vladimir Martynov’s Utopia Symphony began as a commission in 2004 by Michael Tay, then-ambassador of Singapore to the Russian Federation.
The renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and London Philharmonic Choir have recorded and released a symphony inspired by Singapore. Commissioned by former Singapore Ambassador to Russia, Michael Tay, and composed by renowned
Michael Tay, Founder of the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise, shares his vision and the journey that paved the way for the first country-inspired symphony to be recorded and released by the London Philharmonic Orchestra on CNA’s Singapore Tonight.
Made at Abbey Road last year in the presence of the composer, this is the world premiere recording of Martynov’s Utopia Symphony, which began life in 2005 as Singapore: A Geopolitical Utopia and sets text adapted from passages of the Tao Te Ching; the orchestra have history with the Russian composer’s music, having premiered his Dante-inspired opera-oratorio Vita Nuova in 2009.
An interview with Michael Tay, Founder of the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise published by The Edge Singapore. Michael speaks about the UTOPIA Symphony – The Foundation’s flagship initiative to kickstart a future where the arts and business go hand-in-hand.