Esplanade Presents

Music

Faizal and Friends

Mohamed Faizal & Chin Yen Chien (Singapore)

1 Mar 2024, Fri, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm

30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

Free
Synopsis

Transporting you back to the era of black and white movies and the ’80s and ’90s, Mohamed Faizal and Chin Yen Chien will be playing nostalgic Malay songs like Gurindam Jiwa, Getaran Jiwa, Widuri and hits by popular bands like Search and Iklim on Chinese musical instruments – the guzheng and pipa.  

Advisory:

No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Chin Yen Chien

Chin Yen Chien started learning pipa at the age of 10. In 1992, he participated in the Inaugural Chinese Music Competition and won the 1st Prize in the Intermediate Category. The next year, he took home the 1st Prize in the “Pipa Intermediate Category” of the National Music Competition organised by National Arts Council. Yen Chien has represented Singapore in many international arts events, like the World Commonwealth Commemoration Day in New Delhi in 2004; the Inaugural ASEAN Musical Extravaganza in Kuala Lumpur in 2012; and the SAC International Conference of Folk Performing Arts in ASEAN held in Bangkok, in conjunction with the 5th Cycle Birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2015.  

Mohamed Faizal

Mohamed Faizal has been playing the guzheng since 1999. Being hailed as the first Malay full-time guzheng player by Berita Harian, a Singapore Malay newspaper, Mohamed Faizal not only plays Chinese music but also music from different cultures like Malay, Indian, the West and also Middle Eastern music. His rearrangements of popular tunes and his own compositions have not only captivated local listeners but also those from other countries. Mohamed Faizal has been performing extensively locally and overseas. 

 

Chin Yen Chien and Mohamed Faizal met in late 2020 and they have been performing as duet partners ever since, bringing out the music in modern arrangements without losing its original flavours and expressions.  

Date & Time

1 Mar 2024, Fri

6pm

Esplanade Concourse

7pm

Esplanade Concourse

8pm

Esplanade Concourse
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