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Dicapella Dizi Ensemble X Anggun Gamelan Ensemble (A.G.E) (Singapore, Malaysia)
14 & 15 Jun 2018Thu & Fri
7pm, 8.15pm & 9.30pm
7pm, 8.15pm & 9.30pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Born and raised in multicultural Singapore, Dicapella loves to invite friends from all across the world to come over and play. And this time, they have the Anggun Gamelan Ensemble as their special guest!

The two award-winning ensembles will collaborate to not only showcase the best of both Chinese bamboo flute and Indonesian gamelan music, but will also be working hand in hand to premier Fall, a contemporary gamelan piece combining both Chinese and gamelan music. Fall includes four movements—Luruh, Jatuh, Anggun Suite, and Finale—a fusion of modern and traditional composition elements.

Dicapella Dizi Ensemble
Dicapella Dizi Ensemble is Singapore’s award-winning bamboo flute ensemble. First of its kind in Singapore and the largest in Southeast Asia, the ensemble has won the Gold Award (Professional Ensemble Category) in the recent China West Lake International Youth Music Festival. Many of its musicians are also multiple award winners of the National Chinese Music Competition.

Founded in 2013, the ensemble has been invited to perform at the China ASEAN Music Week 2016 in Guangxi, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the Singapore Dizi Festival. Closer to home, Dicapella has collaborated and staged multiple well-received productions, including SG50: Dicapella Goes 50-50 (supported by Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth), Arts In Your Neighbourhood (supported by the National Arts Council) and the PAssion Arts Festival (supported by People’s Association).

Aimed at the growth and development of dizi performance in Singapore, Dicapella is relentless in its efforts to raise the local dizi performance standards. Apart from conducting classes for enthusiasts of various levels, the ensemble regularly organises masterclasses by visiting dizi professors as well as educational outreach programmes. Through its partnership with various institutions, the ensemble has created multiple opportunities for its musicians to gain exposure at the national and international stage.


Anggun Gamelan Ensemble
Founded in 2012, Anggun was first named UM Gamelan Ensemble and was made up of fewer than 10 members. They were all students of the Music Department, University of Malaya. Under the guidance of Akmal Muhammad (music director and resident composer of Anggun), UM Gamelan Ensemble successfully made its first Contemporary Malay Gamelan debut performance in 2013, in conjunction with the visit of Kayu Gangsa gamelan ensemble to Malaysia. Their performance entitled Tindih Topeng was widely accepted and highly recognised. The ensemble had received critical acclaim from all around. Amazed by the positive feedbacks and constructive remarks, UM Gamelan Ensemble continued to work hard towards improving themselves, both technically and musically—preserving authenticity and celebrating novelty. Along the way, the ensemble had performed regularly at their internal Music Showcase, an examination-oriented programme organised by the Cultural Centre, University of Malaya. These, among other series of performances were aimed to assist the members to explore, experiment and to showcase to the audience the exciting possibilities of gamelan playing. In 2014, with participation of some new faces, the ensemble collectively agreed to name themselves Anggun. These changes brought about the start to an adventurous gamelan music journey.


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