Musical Soundbites: How Singaporean Composers Write Music (Episode 3)

Join young saxophone extraordinaire Samuel Phua as he brings you on an exploratory adventure into the euphonious world of the saxophone and the mysteries of composition. Samuel will share his unabashed passion for saxophones, demystifying the enigmatic instrument with a showcase of his favourite tunes. Catch Samuel on 8 Sep at 8pm on SSO's Facebook page. Samuel will also sit with Singaporean composers to discuss the art of music writing, diving into some of their pieces with their insights. Be ready to hear from composers such as Jonathan Shin, Chen Zhangyi, Terrence Wong, Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin, and Zechariah Goh, to learn their thoughts and inspirations behind pieces such as Life by the River and The Malay Wedding. Tune in to SSO's Facebook page on 9, 15 & 16 Sep to hear their stories.

Samuel Phua, host
Chen Zhangyi, composer and Assistant Professor, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

CHEN ZHANGYI Life by the River

  • Commissioned by Robert Casteels for Pictures at an SG Exhibition, first performed at the DBS Singapore Galleries, National Gallery Singapore on 26 October 2019.
  • Solo Saxophone performed by Samuel Phua, alto saxophone
  • Saxophone Ensemble performed by Koen Van de Velde, Samuel Phua, Joonatan Rautiola, Martin Quéméneur, Juan Carlos Entrambasaguas Fernández, Ita Nagode
  • Mixed Ensemble arrangement performed by Samuel Phua, baritone saxophone, Yonatan Quemado, viola, Andrew Ng Wen Hao, violin, Koen Van de Velde, alto saxophone, and Grace Tan See Von, oboe

TERRENCE WONG 'Out-do' You Do?
Performed by Kristina Thede Johansen, alto saxophone and Samuel Phua, tenor saxophone

If you would like to listen to all the works performed in this series, check out Samuel Phua's playlist on YouTube here.