9 Jul 2022, Sat, 4pm & 5pm
Emerged during the decade of local indie and post-rock acts, ColdCut Quartet began as a college band, comprising Luciano Lemus on guitar, Jelene Luar on keyboards, Nicholas Lee on bass and Anson Koh on drums.
Founded by Luar in 2012, the members convened to vent their musical experimentation. What started as a college past time gradually evolved into a goal-driven career. Incorporating elements of jazz, classical, rock and metal, ColdCut Quartet presents its unique brand of fusion that is progressive, yet musical.
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Anson Koh (Drums)
Anson Koh started playing the drums at the age of four, under the guidance of his eldest brother, Jenson Koh. After shifting his focus to other hobbies, he decided to pick up the sticks again at the age of 16. Koh started teaching and playing professionally at the age of 18 and has since performed locally and also in countries like Jogja, Brunei, Chennai, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Perth. Although he is slightly more interested in R&B, funk and hip-hop drumming, Koh wants to continue to explore other musical grounds to further expand his vocabulary on the drums and to develop his musicality. He is a member of a few local bands including Wicked Aura, Cold Cut Quartet, NeoDomnatrix and plays for local artists Gareth Fernandez and Nathan Hartono. Koh is also the winner of the Singapore Drum-Off 2016.
Luciano Lemus (Guitar)
A Bachelor of Arts degree holder with second class honours, Luciano Lemus Perez is a graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts. He is a guitarist with a strong foundation in classical music that has expanded his capabilities and the range of styles that he has played over the years. Lemus is versatile in various genres including classical, Latin, jazz, pop and world music. He has worked with the likes of Kailing Yong in the Elisa Garcia Trio, Stella Seah Hui Xian in the band Juicebox and internationally recognised artist from Indonesia—Bass G and Barry Likumahua. Lemus is interested in music education and music therapy. He has developed his own method of teaching guitar that uses the concept of music therapy to improve the experience and to maintain his students’ interest.
Nicholas Lee (Bass)
Nicholas Lee is a self-taught bassist who started playing bass at the age of 12 in church. He joined the Singapore Polytechnic Jazz Band in 2009 where he was mentored by his instructors Soh Wen Ming, Joshua Wan, Andrew Lim and Melissa Tham. In 2012, Lee joined Esplanade’s Bright Young Things jazz mentorship programme, which he credits his strong foundation to. Shortly after, he started playing professionally and has since played at various events such as Esplanade’s Mosaic Music Festival, Jazz in July and All Things New. He has also played for various artists in Singapore such as The Steve McQueens, Dru Chen, Ffion, Daniel Chia and Afterglow. Lee is currently part of the ColdCut Quartet where he continues to challenge himself technically and musically as he continues to pursue his passion for music. Lee is also a private bass instructor.
Jelene Luar (Keyboards)
A Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree holder with First Class Honours, Jelene Luar is a graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts. A versatile keyboardist who plays between genres of pop, jazz, R&B and blues, Luar was a recipient of the LASALLE Scholarship and Academic Award of Excellence during her time in school. In 2013, she was selected by Joshua Wan, Chok Kerong and Soh Wen Ming to be under their tutelage for Esplanade’s Bright Young Things mentorship programme. Working closely with Babes Conde, Luar has performed at the Community Chest Gala Fundraising Event 2014 and Peranakan Arts Festival 2015. She has worked with locally and internationally recognised artists such as Gayle Nerva, Joie Tan, Daniel Chia, Barry Likumahuwa, Bass G and Ezra Brown, and has also played for a number of local television shows including Mediacorp's The Final 1 Season 2, Asia's Got Talent and Vasantham LIVE! Samaparnam. She also teaches extensively as a keyboard/piano instructor in various schools as well as privately, and also works as an accompanist for MOE schools at Singapore Youth Festival Choir 2017 and 2018.
9 Jul 2022, Sat
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