Soul Journey – Nine Songs

Brought to you by Siong Leng Musical Association
in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

1hr 30mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
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Tickets are still available for Shan You Counselling Centre’s Soul Journey – Nine Songs charity concert on 7 Aug. For more information, please call 6741 9293, or email

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Let the charm of nanyin music take you into a realm of meditation and contemplation.

The beauty of the Nine Songs classical cycle of poems written by Chinese poet Qu Yuan over 2000 years ago is brought to life through the purifying sound of nanyin music together with the graceful movements of Liyuan Opera.

Immerse in an experience inspired by the spirituality of the poems and the rituals of ancient times that weaves music, dance and contemporary theatrical expressions together into a multi-sensory feast.

About Nanyin Music

Nanyin, which literally means “music of the south”, is one of the most ancient musical art forms in China. Regarded as a “living fossil of Chinese musical history”, nanyin was inscribed onto UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2009.

With roots in China’s imperial courts, serene and elegant nanyin songs and music have soothed and uplifted many through the centuries. Performed on wind, string and percussion instruments and sometimes sung in the old Minnan dialect of the Quanzhou region in Fujian province where it originated, nanyin music spread to Southeast Asia and Singapore in the 19th century. Since its inception in 1941, Siong Leng Musical Association has been active in keeping nanyin's presence and practice alive in Singapore through its explorations in finding the contemporary voice in this traditional music form.

Special Charity Performances

Soul Journey – Nine Songs on 7 Aug 2015 (2pm and 7.30pm) are Special Charity Performances by Shan You Counselling Centre
For more information, please call 6741 9293, or email

Free Talks

The Beauty of Nine Songs 

18 Jul 2015, 3 to 4.30pm
Grassroots Book Room 
25 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089839
Conducted in Mandarin 

Nine Songs is written by famous poet Qu Yuan who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China. Considered to be the pinnacle of classical Chinese literature, Nine Songs is a compilation of poems on the divine beings served by the Shamans. Join Siong Leng Musical Association as they share about the beauty of this literary work and how it provided inspiration for their upcoming new production of Soul Journey - Nine Songs

The Creative Process of Soul Journey - Nine Songs 

24 Jul 2015, 7 to 8.30pm
Conducted in Mandarin

Discover the thinking that goes behind the creation of Soul Journey – Nine Songs, and get a sneak peek into the production in this talk and demonstration by its creators.

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