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Our bassoonist Christoph Wichert says come for our concert SETTS#4 on 9 April, 5pm in the Esplanade Recital Studio!! Tickets are available through..

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Picnic Suite

Our flautist and SSO Principal Piccolo player Roberto Alvarez brings you an exciting and interesting concert on 16 April, 5pm in the Esplanade..

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Composers Society of Singapore

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Come join us for an afternoon on 9 April to experience rich tapestry of contemporary soundscapes as we celebrate the magical Indonesian tradition..

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Meet the Ensemble

Kartik Alan Jairamin



Christina Zhou



Colin Tan



Christoph Wichert



Iskandar Rashid



Joost Flach



Lin Juan



Nanako Takata



Marietta Ku



Roberto Álvarez



Shane Thio



Composition Laboratory 2016

The Southeastern Ensemble for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Sounds (SETTS) announces its first composition laboratory in 2016 for South-East Asian composers from 28 March – 2 April 2016 in Singapore.

Who is it for?

***Composers and Artists***
Each application team consists of at least one composer and one artist; larger collective possible.

Think inter-disciplinary! Think multi-disciplinary!

The composition laboratory offers young composers and artists a supportive environment to further their creative development in inter- and multi-disciplinary works with two faculty (Dr Anothai Nitibhon & Dr Hoh Chung Shih) and professional musicians from the SETTS Ensemble.

Working towards the evolution of ideas and realisation of works, participants will communicate and create with each other, engaging in meaningful and artistic processes and production.

SETTS Composition Laboratory Schedule
DEADLINE EXTENDED: 10th February 2016: Call for proposals deadline
16th February: Release of results for Call for proposals
29th February: First drafts of compositions due from participants
15th March: Final draft of compositions due from participants
28th March: 9-12pm, 2-5pm rehearsal – participants to work with ensemble and mentors at arranged timings
29th March: 2.30pm – 6.30pm Rehearsal continues with Introduction session, seminar for students (MEP, AEP, Composition students) including established artists from other fields
30th March – 1st April: Sharing sessions between participants and ensemble, working with mentors
2nd April: Public Dialogue Session during Intercultural Transfers in Performance Symposium

Composition Laboratory Schedule

Monday 28 March 2016

1000 – 1300 & 1300 – 1700

Composition Laboratory participants will receive mentoring sessions from Dr Anothai Nitibhon and Dr Hoh Chung Shih

Tuesday 29 March 2016

1430 – 1730

Public Seminar with invited artists from various fields of art, including:

The participants and invited guests will share their feedback and ideas on proposals, and bounce ideas off each other. The audience will have a chance to experience first-hand how interdisciplinary collaborations are conceived and developed.

Wednesday 30 March 2016

1430 – 1730

Composition Laboratory participants will receive mentoring sessions from Dr Anothai Nitibhon and Dr Hoh Chung Shih

Friday 1 April 2016

1330 – 1700

Composition Laboratory participants will receive mentoring sessions from Dr Anothai Nitibhon and Dr Hoh Chung Shih

Saturday 2 April 2016

1100 – 1200

Forum on Interdisciplinary Projects at the Intercultural Transfers for Music Symposium 2016

1400 – 1530

Technical Run for Showcase Performance

1600 – 1700

Paper presentations on Interdisciplinary Arts at the Intercultural Transfers for Music Symposium 2016

1700 – 1800

Showcase for SETTS Composition Laboratory 2016

Composition Laboratory Mentors

Dr Anothai Nitibhon

dd43f3_a3ceefcac565491b9e8741158651884eAnothai completed her bachelor degree with 1st class honour from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, she then continued her studies in the Master programme in Music Composition at the University of Edinburgh under Professor Nigel Osborne in 2002. After graduated with a Master Degree and was awarded a distinction for her major work ‘Manohra’, she was awarded the scholarship from the University and the Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme, and obtain her PhD in Composition in May 2007.

Working on a cultural frontier, Anothai bases her musical research on the idea of intercultural and dialogues between cultures, integrating musical languages of a professionally trained, contemporary-style to the folk-base oral tradition and combing together various types of performers including professional musicians, folk-musicians, children and people with no musical background. Her compositions has been performed by the orchestras and ensembles in many countries. She was also invited to be a jury for the Goethe Institut’s Composition Competition for Young Composers in South East Asia (2009 / 2011 and 2013).

Alongside her works in composition, Anothai intensively involves in the music community projects and curate many sound installation projects working with artists, architects and designers. Her recent works now involves collaborative works in the multidisciplinary art projects including sound installations and a audio-visual performances.

Anothai is now Vice President for Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, a new institute of music which aims to explore new possibilities in integrating music with the context of contemporary ASEAN, she still also work on many creative projects integrating music making and other art forms.

Dr Hoh Chung Shih

dd43f3_cb21fd25d2ee4fceb96c91b636a86f1fChung Shih Hoh is a Singaporean composer, music educator, guqin player, and sound artist who has interests not only in music, but also in Asian textiles, Buddhist sculptures and the Chinese literati culture which includes brush painting, philosophy and garden design.

As a composer, he has an emerging international presence with commissions and requests from Asia, Europe and America, and worked with some of world’s premier contemporary musicians. As a sound artist, he works in interdisciplinary collaborations with MLuM, an international artist collective. His musical interest can be described as an exploration of a double intersection: one between the avant-garde and the experimental, and the other between the international contemporary and traditional Chinese literati cultures. His works are often at the boundaries of contemporary music with the use of diverse strategies, embracing experimental aesthetics into a highly personal language.

Currently Chung Shih serves as the Lead Teacher in Music at his alma mater, Raffles Institution, as well as the external consultant to the National Institute of Education (Singapore) in Music Composition.

He studied music in King’s College London graduating with First Class Honours in Composition and Analysis. Following a teaching stint in Singapore where he was involved in the revision and designing of national music curricula, he undertook a doctorate at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York as a Presidential Fellow, where he primarily studied with David Felder. Through his doctoral studies, he also undertook intensive study in other aspects of music such as computer music at the Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios with Cort Lippe and Richard Dudas, as well as musicology and theory with John Clough, Charles Smith, Michael Long, Christopher Gibbs and James Currie. It was during his doctoral studies too that Chung Shih developed a keen interest in the study of Chinese Philosophy and Chinese Art through studies with Kah Kyung Cho and Gao Ming Lu.

Chung Shih continues to build new collaborations, explore new expressions and find – and give – new sources of inspiration through his work and interests.

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Composition Laboratory Participants

Danny Imson

Danny Imson

A recipient of the highest award for the Young Composers in Southeast Asia by the Goethe Institut, Danny received a full scholarship grant from the National University of Singapore (earning his Bachelor of Honours degree in Music Composition) and a full artist scholarship grant from Saint Louis University (earning his Bachelor of Science in Commerce). He has participated in masterclasses in composition conducted by Dr. Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University), Beat Furrer (University of Performing Arts, Graz, Austria), Professor Chen Yi (University of Missouri, Kansas City) and Zygmunt Kraus (Poland). His works were presented in several festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage in Germany and Synthetis International Summer Music Course in Poland.
Danny studied composition with Associate Professor Dr. Peter Edwards at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and electronic music with the late Associate Professor Steven Miller.
He is currently a teaching faculty for composition and music technology at the School of the Arts Singapore. 

Ding Jian Han & Eric Tan Wei Fang

Ding Jian Han

Ding Jian Han

Ding Jian Han is currently a first year composition student at the NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), under the tutelage of Associate Professor Peter Edwards. His other composition teachers include Dr. Hoh Chung Shih, Dr. Chen Zhangyi, Mr. Yu Dan Quan and Dr. Gooi Tah Choe. In 2015, his Chinese Chamber Ensemble piece, “Memories…” was performed by the Ding Yi Youth Ensemble for their inaugural concert. In 2016, his piece Slow Jogging in a Not-so-silent Night, was premiered by Ensemble Multilatérale in YSTCM, and was subsequently performed in Jakarta as part of their Asian tour. Jian Han’s current composing style and interest consists of combining different sounds to create new colours, as well as juxtaposing different music textures. This is influenced and inspired by composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, György Ligeti, Igor Stravinsky and Charles Ives.

Eric Moses Tan Wei Fang

Eric Moses Tan Wei Fang

Eric Moses Tan Wei Fang is currently a first year Social Sciences undergraduate at the Singapore Management University (SMU). He was the Script Writer for the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) 2012, acting as a representative of Yishun Junior College (YJC). Eric is a poetry writer, using subject matter which tend towards gothic or war elements, with a tinge of love involved. He also actively writes horror stories which tend towards urban legends and thrillers, and often break the fourth wall.

Liew Kong Meng

Liew Kong Meng

Liew Kong Meng

Liew Kongmeng is a currently a Masters research student under the supervision of PerMagnus Lindborg and Suzy Styles at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). His research interests include consonance and dissonance, emotion and music perception and cognition.

He is also a composer of contemporary classical music. In 2013 he was awarded the top prize at the 2013 Goethe Institut Young Composers in Southeast Asia Competition (Thailand), the 3rd prize at the 2014 Asian Composers League Festival Young Composers Competition (Japan), and the audience choice, Young Singaporean Composer award and SG50 award at the 2015 Ding Yi

Music Company Composium Competition (Singapore). He has also worked with musicians such as the Ensemble Surplus (Ger.), ensemble mosaic (Ger.), Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Quatour Bozzini (Can.), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HK.), Ensemble Kujoyama (Jpn.), and EDQ Wind Quintet (Sg.) amongst others.

Kongmeng holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, the music faculty of the National University of Singapore, where he studied with Ho Chee Kong on a full scholarship.

Timothy Tan & Aqilah Misuary

Timothy Tan

Timothy Tan

Timothy Tan (timbretan) often grapples with themes of complex puzzles, life with death, plus history with future predictions. He is not afraid of dark, aggressive and ironic stories. His instrumental and electronic music often has unsettling developments, as his works evoke various aversions, such as life abuses, overpowering dominance, malfunctioning personae, loss of history & human senses, as well as violence & hatred, in the hope of a silver lining, like Psaltria ignominiosa (The Disgraceful Harpist)Walkback (Persona nefanda) and Records of Pulau Ujong. Timothy also explores algorithmic elements, like in Formicae Mortuae (Dead Ants / To a Dead Ant) and Hypertuba magna; and spectralism, like in Birds Dissected for 8 speakers.

Timothy is now exploring chaotic systems and particle synthesis as innovative, viable solutions for his upcoming electronic music, while breaking into live audiovisual performances. Occasionally he does soundwalks by recording sounds across urban and natural surroundings.

Aqilah Misuary

Aqilah Misuary

Aqilah Misuary is a marketing associate at Sonoport. She writes about anything related to music technology, sound design and web audio. She also has an underlying passion for anything related to visual communications. Graduated with a B.A in Music Technology from LASALLE College of the Arts, Aqilah is both a musician and visual artist in the electronic-indie band Elektone & audio-visual group Setosuary.

Erica Ngiam & Tjindra Peni

Erica Ngiam

Erica Ngiam

Having a range of exposure in classical, contemporary, jazz and electronic music, Erica seeks to continuously explore and discover new exciting sounds from all kinds of medium to blend together and create unique soundscapes which convey her ideas and emotions. She completed the first year Music BMus course from the University of Birmingham under the mentorship of Dr Hoh Chung Shih and Dr Ruth Rodrigues in 2013 and this sparked her interest in composition. She was commissioned by ACME-Singapore (ASEAN Contemporary Music Ensemble-Singapore) to represent Singapore in the 2014 Darmstadt New Music Festival with her composition titled ‘A Concerto?’. This piece was also premiered in the UK, where Erica also attended a masterclass with Professor Liza Lim from Huddersfield University. Erica is also currently a member of the Electronic Music Lab at National University of Singapore.

Apart from composing, Erica is also a pianist (LRSM), cellist and trumpeter. From the age of 5, she has been part of the Young Talent’s program in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Having been exposed to a wide range of concerts and competitions, she came in as finalist in the National Piano and Violin Competition in 2009 and Cristofori’s International Piano Competition.

In the future, Erica hopes to have greater collaboration with different kinds of artists to create more interdisciplinary works that will engage the different senses of her audience.

Tjindra Peni

Tjindra Peni

Tjindra Peni is an Indonesian-born Singaporean artist. Currently serving as the Secretary of Modern Art Society Singapore (MASS), Peni graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with a BA in Economics & Statistics and completed the Western Art course from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) from 1999-2000. The wide variety of courses she took in Mix-Media, Abstract Painting, Sculpture etc. from NAFA and Chinese Calligraphy from Singapore Calligraphy Centre increased her versatility as an artist. A veteran artist, Peni has participated in numerous local and international exhibitions over the past decade:  Singapore Art Society Annual Competition & Exhibition (2004-2015), NAFA Alumni Annual Art Exhibition (2009-2015), Club NAFA Exhibition (2012-2015), Asia Invitation Art Exhibition, Seoul (2005), 17th Asia International Watercolour Exhibition (2005) and International Women’s Art Exhibition (2004). She was also awarded the 1st prize in the Tan Tsze Chor Art Competition in 2012 and is a 6 times Tan Tsze Chor Art Competition – Outstanding Work award recipient.

Artist’s Statement:

My Abstract Art has been inspired by my experience living in urban cities. Constant changes in city spaces have brought about imbalances between nature and cityscapes, transforming it into a concrete jungle. I create works that conceptualise urban issues as well as nature to provide juxtaposition.

Deploying mixed media and found objects, I attempt to express the connection and constant tension among the various elements of city life as a result of my concern over the encroaching urbanisation.

Pongtorn Techaboonakho & Kawirat Saimek

Pongtorn Techaboonakho

Pongtorn Techaboonakho

Since the age of 15, Pongtorn (born 10 July 1996) started playing guitar with Chairat Pronamnuay. At first, music was just a hobby, but he soon realized how much music has influenced his life. Thus, he wanted music to become a crucial part of his life and started studying music more seriously. He was accepted to Pre – College Program at College of Music, Mahidol University in 2012 as a guitar student. He has big interests in both guitar and orchestral music.

In 2015, he was accepted to study in Princess Galyani Vadhana Institue of Music for Bachelor of Music degree as a full scholarship student in classical guitar major with Padet Netpakdee.

Kawirat Saimek

Kawirat Saimek

Eric (born 3 March 1996) started learning piano at the age of eleven. He gradually fell in love with sounds surrounding his life. EDM music and adventurous sports are a part of his life. He has big interests in Accordion. In future, Club DJ is the biggest goal in his music career. He graduated high school from Vajiravudh College. He is currently studying at Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of music. EDMitation is his debut composition.

SETTS - Southeastern Ensemble for Today's & Tomorrow's Sound

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Formed between two musicians, the South-Eastern Ensemble for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Sounds (SETTS) aspires to transform the cultural scene of the city, and to produce and present performances of South-East Asian Contemporary music to a high professional standard.
SETTS consists of 11 professional musicians who perform in versatile combinations in a variety of settings, and seeks to offer critical dialogue and stimulation for the further development of South-East Asian composers and musicians through a egalitarian environment.

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