Workshops

DAY 1

FROM THE LION KING TO KING KONG;

THE CLASSICAL SOUL OF FILM MUSIC

Andrew Filmer

Thursday, 28th June 2018

4.00 PM
Level 2, Jade Palace Sales Gallery,

Greenland Danga Bay  

 

Characters on film, when done just right, are unforgettable: the killer shark, the boy wizard, the mob boss, the resurrected dinosaur. And a key part of that magic is sound: identities encased in melodies, drama in sonic houses, by masters of music like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Danny Elfman.

And behind both the music and these composers is a rich history of classical music. In some cases, this connection is direct: Beethoven marches slowly behind both the King’s Speech and a nemesis of the X-Men. In other cases, it is the spirit of Tchaikovsky that lurks behind Darth Vader, and a centuries-old melody hidden in a soundtrack that foreshadows death for a Lion King. 

Andrew Filmer takes us on a musical journey, to see how the magic is woven, all in a history and tradition that dates back to well before there was a thing called film.

About Andrew Filmer

Andrew Filmer has diverse interests, from viola performance to musicology to public speaking. He was the first non-American to be appointed to the position of Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society (JAVS) in the publication’s 30-year history. He is a member of the Sutera Ensemble, and has taken on guest roles with Ensemble Virama. His role as an educator has led him to adjudicate for competitions of the MYOF, Ipoh Music Festival, the Borneo Arts Festival, the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards and the Euroasia Strings Competition. He is also a prize-winning public speaker, and has been narrator for the Selangor Symphony and the Song Weavers.

Andrew holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Otago, and a master’s degree in viola performance from Indiana University South Bend. He has over a dozen peer-reviewed articles published in the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and has presented research at International Viola Congresses in Germany, Poland, and New Zealand, and guest lectures at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore.

Andrew was a member of the jazz band The Troubles, whose inaugural album was released by Rattle Records. He has performed with New Zealand country artist Matt Langley, and legendary jazz bass clarinettist Bennie Maupin.

Workshops

DAY 2

THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF

MUSIC COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE

Don Bowyer

Friday, 29th June 2018

4.00 PM
Level 2, Jade Palace Sales Gallery,

Greenland Danga Bay 

When a composer sits down with a blank sheet of paper, or a blank computer screen, what is the process that leads to a completed piece of music? Further, how does that completed work become a performance? While this process most certainly differs from one composition to another (not to men=on one composer to another), Prof. Don Bowyer will discuss his own processes related to a handful of his recent classical and jazz compositions. The presentation will also include performances of these six works, with guest performers from the Sunway University staff and the Greater KL music community.

 

About Don Bowyer

Don Bowyer is Dean of the School of the Arts and Professor of Music at Sunway University. Having previously taught at every level from kindergarten through university in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Sweden, Bowyer is an active composer and performer. He has published more than 60 pieces of music and has performed as a trombonist in more than 50 countries. Among other performing credits, he spent five years playing trombone on eleven cruise ships in the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Gulf of Alaska. The first ten didn’t sink.

Workshops

DAY 3

EUROASIA STRINGS COMPETITION 2018

– JOHOR REGIONAL ROUND

Saturday, 30th June 2018

8.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Jade Restaurant, Greenland Danga Bay

Tickets:
Regular: RM 20.00
Student: RM 10.00 

 

A FEW WORDS

Since 2013, The Euroasia Competition Series seeks to provide a platform and opportunity for aspiring musicians to be exposed to international standards of music competition. In this regard, the Euroasia Competition Series hopes to recognise talents at various stages of their musical development, and to identify those who can best project a balance of creativity, imagination in choice of repertoire, and overall artistic excellence. Euroasia firmly believes that performance is a vital part of music development. As such, the Euroasia Competition Series is not about identifying the “best” musician, but about bringing together youths bound by the same passion for music to perform before a wider audience in a concert setting. Euroasia is proud to share that the Euroasia Competition Series has extended beyond Malaysian shores to attract participants from Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and China in recent years.

For 2018 Euroasia is proud to announce its collaboration with two esteemed organisations, the Festival De Musique Des Arcs in France, and the Siam Sinfonietta in Thailand. The partnership with Festival De Musique Des Arcs will enable the 2017 Patron’s Prize winner and future winners of the Euroasia Strings Competition to have the wonderful opportunity to study with some of the best educators in France. The First Prize Winner of the Young Artiste Category will be offered a concerto performance with the Siam Sinfonietta, Thailand’s most internationally renowned youth orchestra.

The 6th edition of the Euroasia Competition is open for application in 2 solo categories: Open & Young Artiste and the Ensemble Category.

The Open Category aims to celebrate music achievement at all levels, whereas the Young Artiste Category aspires to identify and discover the next generation of artistes who demonstrate exceptional talent and artistry in their performance. The Ensemble Category seeks to provide young musicians with an opportunity to further accelerate their artistic growth and excel in their chamber musical skills by collaborating and performing together with fellow musicians.

All categories will have 2 rounds: a regional preliminary round and national-level final.

VIOLIN ANATOMY 102

Tan Chin Seng, luthier

Saturday, 30th June 2018

2.00 PM
Level 2, Jade Palace Sales Gallery,

Greenland Danga Bay 

The finest violins in the world are priceless, and they have outlived their makers by generations – by centuries. Not only do the instruments of Stradivarius, Guarneri, and Amati live on, but also the tradition of violinmaking, handed down from master to apprentice. This is a craft built on countless hours of toil and experiment, on intuition, and on patience. And what a craft it is, working with something as individual as wood, and creating something that is both a tool for musical performance as well as a work of art in its own right.

Violinmaker Tan Chin Seng has built not only an array of violins, violas, and cellos, but a reputation for detail and excellence at his workshop, Deciso. Following on a well-received session in last year’s Classical Music Festival, he returns this year to talk about how an instrument is set up, from fingerboard and nut, all the way to bridge, tailpiece, and strings. He also will share the maker’s perspective on what makes a good instrument – which goes beyond just the sound it makes. Finally, he will give some practical advice of what to expect in the Malaysian violin market, in particular for instruments priced below RM 10,000.00.

 

About Tan Chin Seng

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Tan Chin Seng is a Computer Science graduate from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Driven by passion for violin-making, he gained his violin-making experience in maestro Han Zhao Sheng’s workshop as an apprentice in 2010.

In the year 2013, Chin Seng opened his own workshop in Bandar Sri Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. Since then he has dedicated his time to making new instruments following the traditional method of instrument-making. Focusing on construction of fine violins, violas and cellos, Chin Seng places much effort in perfecting each detail, and pays particular attention to acoustic performance. His works are mentored closely by Han, Bertrand Yves Delisle, and David Ayache.

His recent experience working with maestros Michele Mecatti, Paolo Sorgentone, and Gianluca Montenegro in Florence, Italy, has enabled him to further discover his own style. He greatly admires and is often inspired by the Amati brothers.

A SINGER’S GUIDE TO VOCAL RECITAL PREPARATION

Ang Mei Foong, lyric soprano

Saturday, 30th June 2018

4.00 PM
Level 2, Jade Palace Sales Gallery, Greenland Danga Bay 

Singers’ responsibilities go further than memorizing song-text and getting the music performed on stage. A successful and impressive performance is always the result of extra effort put in by an artist in preparation for every detail. In this presentation, lyric soprano Ang Mei Foong will share some tips on preparing for a vocal recital – from pre-production involving program planning and program notes, budgeting, venue and sets, cast and crew, posters and advertisement materials, and scheduling rehearsals with collaborating artists; to walking onto stage with confidence and tips for diploma recitals; and even suggestions on post-recital events. She will also demonstrate some vocal repertoires from the songs lists of graded examination boards.

About Ang Mei Foong

Ang Mei Foong is a lyric soprano with a voice that can be described as mellow, dulcet and soothing to listeners. Mei Foong was trained in Taiwan, Rome, and Melbourne before her full return to Malaysia in 2008. An award-winning soprano, she was a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the most recent honorary knighthood with the title of Cavaliere (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity), which is the highest honour that can be bestowed to a foreigner by the Italian government. She has collaborated with a few major ensembles and orchestras in Malaysia, which include both The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and Youth Orchestra (MPYO), as well as Ensemble Virama. She is one of the principal singers at the Kuala Lumpur City Opera, as well as the founder and artistic director to The Song Weavers, a vocal ensemble that is dedicated to programming and performing art songs in Malaysia.

Workshops

DAY 4

CRAFTING CHAMBER MUSIC

Robin Lee, piano
Mabel Wong, violin

Sunday, 1st July 2018

4.00 PM
Level 2, Jade Palace Sales Gallery, Greenland Danga Bay 

Chamber music brings out the idea of democracy perhaps more than other forms of classical music. Orchestra playing has been jokingly dubbed “the last bastion of totalitarianism” by Benjamin Zander, and of course soloists defy the wisdom that no man can be an island. Chamber music requires community.

Here conversation, compromise and consensus all come into place. How does a pair or a group determine their own “sound”, or an interpretation? How can students learn from professional chamber musicians in letting their music be connected to others? How do they adapt to changing venues and how do they prepare for the unexpected?

Mabel Wong brings her experience in chamber music gained through degrees from New Zealand and Australia and work with Ensemble Virama. Robin Lee has chamber music as an extension of his considerable background as an accompanist for both instruments and particularly for voice. Together, they show us how to build community in music.

About Robin Lee

A versatile pianist, Robin is a sought-after accompanist and coach for competitions, exams and concerts. His sensitivity, musicianship and patience are among the key reasons colleagues and students seek his collaboration and service. Robin has participated in almost all of the music festivals in the country and has collaborated with many musicians of standing. He has also developed a particular interest in voice accompaniment and has even premiered several new vocal compositions by Malaysian composers.

In his teaching capacity, Robin is a passionate pedagogue who imparts his knowledge and expertise selflessly whether in private studios or public workshops. His area of specialty encompasses foundation building, solving technical deficiencies and muscular-related problems, and systematic re-training of experienced pianists.

As a musician who also appreciates heritage and culture, Robin supports the use and preservation of local Chinese languages, which he likens to classical music – old but rich.

About Mabel Wong

Violinist Mabel Wong is an active performer and educator in Malaysia. Since graduating with a Master of Music Studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014, she has been involved in a wide range of professional projects, from chamber music and orchestral playing to education at both pre-tertiary and tertiary levels. She has been a guest violinist on many occasions with Ensemble Virama and has been invited to perform at the Euroasia String Competition’s Finale Concert. She has also been part of a Malaysian quartet that was invited to Yangon to perform with the Orchestra for Myanmar and New Children’s Choir in 2016.

Mabel is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Selangor Symphony Orchestra, Strings Coordinator at Sunway University, and Violin Faculty Coordinator at Bentley Music Academy. She is also part of a trio, consisting of violist Dr. Andrew Filmer and pianist Robin Lee, with whom she also co-authored a peer-reviewed research article published in the Australia and New Zealand Viola Society Journal.