28 JULY 2017 (FRI)
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in Interview
with Ryan Lewis, Malaysia National Consultant,
interviewed by Dr. Andrew Filmer
10.00am, Ballroom at Amari Johor Bahru, RM20
Trinity College London in Interview
with U-Jin Lim, Regional Academic Consultant,
interviewed by Dr. Andrew Filmer
11.00am, Ballroom at Amari Johor Bahru, RM20
In a two-part session on music education, we hear from representatives of two external examination boards: the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and Trinity College London. We look at their roles in Malaysia’s music community beyond providing certification, take a closer peek at why exams are the way they are, and converse about the future of music making for Malaysia’s young people.
With two sets of different interview questions, Andrew Filmer speaks with U-Jin Lim and Ryan Lewis on topics ranging from the role of parents to the selection of examination pieces.
with Benjamin Fabre & Sayaka Ohira
5.00pm, Ideas Room at Amari Johor Bahru,
RM100 (participant), RM20 (observer)
4 chosen aspiring violinists (and 6 observers) would be able to have a chance to have a one-on-one Violin Masterclass with top-class musicians, Benjamin Fabre and Sayaka Ohira. Participants will be able to learn from the best and exchange views, techniques and advice to further advance their musical careers. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Piano Accompanist: Partner in Success or Failure
with Robin Lee (Piano) and Dylan Lee (Cello)
2.30pm, Ballroom at Amari Johor Bahru, RM20
The pianist. The unsung hero – or villain – behind almost every recital or music exam. Called the accompanist by many, this is a term that understates the very equal role that the piano plays – and today the proper term would be that of the collaborative pianist.
In sonatas, the piano often has both melody and harmony, weaving in and out of an also-misnamed “solo”instrument or voice. For adaptions of larger works like concertos, a good pianist can capture the feel of an orchestra with just two hands, while an unfortunate one can make the experience rather awkward.
What are the special skills involved? How do two musicians collaborate? Pianist Robin Lee and cellist Dylan Lee explore this, with live examples of successful collaborations, as well as problems often encountered by those new to the magical art of chamber music.
Violin Anatomy 101: Understanding String Instruments from the Inside Out
by luthier, Tan Chin Seng
4.00pm, Ideas Room at Amari Johor Bahru, RM20
Plates, bouts, purfling, bass bars – all of these and more form the complex language of the violin maker, in creating an instrument with well over fifty individual parts. And yet on a fundamental level it’s simply the fine-tuned craft of shaping wood: depth, shape, density, all coming together to bring us the beautiful tones that have charmed composers, performers and audiences through the centuries.
The craft that makes the art is often hidden from view, but with this session we get a first-hand look at how a stringed instrument comes into being, being transported into the workshop of Malaysian violin maker Tan Chin Seng, whose instruments are now in increasingly high demand.
29 JULY 2017 (SAT)
The Empire Strikes a Chord: The Music of Star Wars through the Lens of Classical Music
by Dr. Andrew Filmer
11.30am, Ballroom at Amari Johor Bahru, RM20
A light saber appears. A planet explodes. Love blossoms – love dies. Heroes and villains clash in a galaxy far, far away. And behind all this is music: music that enhances what is, or music that foreshadows what is to be. The composer’s craft is that art of communication, whether it’s music that speaks to us directly, or music that affects us on some subconscious level.
The iconic music of Star Wars draws on music from our own history – and musicologist Dr Andrew Filmer takes us a journey through both sound and stars, exploring the why and how of the music of the Star Wars saga.