Collaborative Music Making in a Multi-Cultural Landscape
Performance, Plenary Speaker
23 August 2023
19:00 - 20:30 hrs (GMT+7)
Niranjan Pandian (Venu, Bansuri and Konnokol)
Govin Tan (World Ethnic Percussions - Tabla)
Dinesh Kumar (South Indian Percussions)
Gildon Choo (Pipa)
Azrin Abdullah (Oud)
Tan Wen Bin (Cello)
Caleb Koa (Keys)
"Home" is a beloved song composed by Dick Lee, a prominent Singaporean singer- songwriter and playwright. The song has become an iconic national anthem in Singapore, evoking a deep sense of nostalgia, pride, and belonging for Singaporeans both at home and abroad. Its heartfelt lyrics and melodic charm capture the essence of Singapore's identity and the strong emotional connection people have with their homeland.
Join us for a captivating 40-minute concert presented by the Brahmastra Multi-Ethnic Wing, where multi-award-winning musicians from the vibrant city of Singapore unite to create a mesmerizing musical experience. This unique ensemble, led by the acclaimed composer and Indian classical flautist, Niranjan Pandian, showcases original compositions that transcend cultural boundaries, featuring musicians from diverse backgrounds coming together in harmonious collaboration.
In this remarkable concert, we invite you to embark on a musical journey that beautifully intertwines various cultures, highlighting the power of unity and of cultural exchange. Through intriguing instrumental arrangements, the Brahmastra Multi-Ethnic Wing explores the universal language of music, proving that when different musical traditions merge, they create something truly extraordinary.
The concert is presented in conjunction with the Princess Galyani Vadhana International Symposium 2023, an event that celebrates accessibility, sustainability, and the legacy of Princess Galyani Vadhana. By aligning our performance with these important themes, we aim to shed light on the role of music in fostering inclusivity, embracing environmental responsibility, and celebrate the women behind Brahmastra and the musicians of Brahmastra.
Through the compositions presented by the Brahmastra Multi-Ethnic Wing, we celebrate diversity and demonstrate the transformative power of music. As melodies interweave, blending instruments from various cultures, the concert becomes a testament to the strength of collaboration and the beauty of shared experiences.
Immerse yourself in a musical tapestry that transcends borders and unites hearts.
Witness the magic as traditional and contemporary sounds converge, creating a symphony that resonates with the shared humanity in us all. The Brahmastra Multi-Ethnic Wing invites you to embrace the universal language of music and join us in celebrating the richness of our diverse world.
Don't miss this extraordinary concert that promises to inspire, uplift, and ignite a profound appreciation for the beauty that emerges when cultures come together. Experience the transformative power of music and be part of an unforgettable celebration of diversity, accessibility, sustainability, and the remarkable contributions of women.
Composer: iranjan Pandian
This song, composed and performed by a talented ensemble of musicians, delves into the complexities and aspirations of womanhood, celebrating the strength, desires, and dreams that reside within every woman.
Composer: Mandolin U Rajesh
Arranger: Niranjan Pandian
Samjanitha was composed by legendary musician U Rajesh and re-arranged by Niranjan Pandian for the multi-ethnic ensemble.
The Rhythmic Nuance
Composer: Niranjan Pandian
The composition begins with a gentle introduction, setting the stage for the melodic exploration of the raga Shanmughapriya. The enchanting raga serves as the foundation, carrying within its notes a sense of emotional depth and contemplation. As the composition unfolds, the melodic phrases gradually build, interweaving and expanding upon one another, creating a captivating musical tapestry.The mridangam, a traditional South Indian percussion instrument, takes center stage as a solo instrument, adding layers of rhythmic complexity to the composition. Its beats and patterns resonate with the intricate rhythms found in nature, symbolizing the harmonious interplay between human creativity and the rhythms of the Earth. The virtuosic display of the mridangam showcases its versatility and ability to evoke a wide range of emotions, elevating the overall musical experience.
Composer: Niranjan Pandian
A soul-stirring musical composition that serves as a heartfelt tribute to the power, grace, and resilience of womanhood. This captivating song, performed by a talented ensemble of musicians, explores the depths of feminine strength, celebrates the diversity of women's experiences, and pays homage to the divine essence that resides within every woman.
An Empathic Reverberance
Composer: Niranjan Pandian
The song celebrates the transformative power of empathy in creating a more inclusive and accessible world for all.
An Alaap between Flute and Keys
Composer: Dick Lee
Arranger for Brahmastra: Niranjan Pandian
- Listen to Brahmastra version of Home.
”Home" is a beloved song composed by Dick Lee, a prominent Singaporean singer-songwriter and playwright. The song has become an iconic anthem in Singapore, evoking a deep sense of nostalgia, pride and a sense of belonging for Singaporeans both at home and abroad. Its heartfelt lyrics and melodic charm capture the essence of Singapore's identity and the strong emotional connection people have with their homeland.
Collaborative Music Making in a Multi-Cultural Landscape: A panel discussion exploring the challenges and benefits of creating music with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds.
In the culturally diverse city of Singapore, music acts as a binding force, bringing together people from various ethnic backgrounds and fostering a sense of unity.
This panel discussion features some of the most talented multi-ethnic musicians hailing from Singapore. These accomplished artists will share their personal journeys and experiences, revealing how their diverse cultural heritages have influenced their musical expressions.
Throughout the session, the panelists will showcase the unique fusion of traditional and contemporary elements in their music, representing the evolution of Singaporean musical genres.
They will emphasize the significance of music as a bridge that connects people from different communities, allowing for meaningful dialogues and mutual cultural appreciation.
The discussion will shed light on the challenges and opportunities faced by musicians in navigating the multi-ethnic music scene in Singapore. The panelists will discuss the importance of inclusivity and cultural exchange in fostering artistic collaborations that resonate with a wide audience.
This panel discussion aims to inspire and educate participants about the transformative power of music in promoting social cohesion and celebrating the multicultural fabric of Singapore. By highlighting the diverse musical talents thriving in the city, the session aims to encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich and varied artistic traditions present within the nation.
Join us for an enlightening conversation that celebrates the role of music in shaping Singapore's collective identity while showcasing the immense talent of its multi-ethnic musicians.