A Utopia Reimagined by Pauline Wong
Founder and director of the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise, Michael Tay, has loved music since he was a child. Having served as ambassador for Singapore to Russia, Japan and South Korea in his long and illustrious career, it was music that remained his constant. This exuberant, articulate and vibrant audiophile tells Options about the Foundation’s flagship project Utopia, a musical project absolutely suited for the times we live in today.
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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.
Titled ‘UTOPIA’ and composed by prolific Russian composer, Vladimir Martynov, it was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
Russian media outlet COLTA breaks the news about the London Philharmonic Orchestra release of Utopia Symphony, composed by Vladimir Martynov.
Two local arts lovers Kris Tan and Michael Tay have individually set up arts foundations to support young, local musical talents, and through music, bring Singapore to the global stage.