Esplanade Presents


Rock and Pullu

Vandelay I.S.A. (Singapore)

23 Jun 2022, Thu, 7.15pm & 8.15pm

24 Jun 2022, Fri, 7.15pm & 8.15pm


(Intermission: None)

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Like sojourners on an ancient trade route traversing the Karakoram, the musicians of Vandelay I.S.A bring their own musical stories to the tapestry of this performance. Paul Danial is a master rock guitarist with “many faces”, Serena Chen is a multi-percussionist who bridges various genres, Jeffrey Tan is a versatile violinist who paints murals of audio colour, and Tony Makarome from the admissions office also plays bass and mridangam. The music will reflect the joy of the process through which we share our musical selves with one another. It is hoped that the audience will find some happiness and enjoyment in our musical offerings.


Enjoy the diverse influences melding in this conglomerate of four musicians: rock, south Indian rhythm, Chinese-Western pop and jazz.


Paul Danial – Electric guitar, vocals
Serena Chen – Cajon, percussion, vocals
Jeffrey Tan – Electric violin, vocals
Tony Makarome – Bass and mridangam


Mask-wearing is required for all indoor events. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Jeffrey Tan

Jeffrey Tan is a music producer, composer and performer based in Singapore. Having produced and written for artists of various artistic disciplines, he has developed a huge palette for sound and aspires to produce music geared towards artistic pursuits while encompassing commercial sensibility. Some of his production credits includes Flame Of The Forest’s debut album Tree Of Life, Richie El’s five-track debut EP Overdue and Myra Choo’s single 77. Most recently, Jeffrey has also produced the track for Shopback’s music video featuring Kumar and Kevin Tristan. He is also the music director and violinist of fusion music group Flame Of The Forest and has toured with the group in Japan, India and across Southeast Asia. He has also played for various local artists and producers such as Shabir, Joshua Simon, Bitty, Kailin Yong, Litmus Jazz Ensemble, Adam Lee and George Leong.

Paul Danial


Paul Danial is a versatile guitarist whose style revolves around a variety of blues, rock, country, funk, metal and everything in between. His love for the guitar began at the tender age of six and his defining moment as a professional musician was when he won the 1991 Yamaha Best Guitarist Competition. Since then, he has been involved in multiple productions and performances by Singapore and regional musicians, including Ramli Sarip, Amy (Search), along with artists from Mongolia, Taiwan and China. In 2012, Paul was the recipient of Esplanade's Magic Fingers Award on their 10th anniversary show The Durian Awards.

Serena Chen

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Serena plays percussion of all kinds: cajon, bongos, drum set, timbales, congas, djembe and triangle, which is her favourite. Fuelled by her passion, she infuses infectious rhythms with an eclectic assortment of music genres ranging from classical to modern: poprock, afro-cuban, fusion, electronic and dance music. Many performing opportunities have brought her overseas and she has shared stages with various local and international artists. This includes DJs KFC and Darren Emerson (UK), Tay Kexin, 53A, Tay Kewei, Jack and Rai, Somkiat (Thailand) and 3rd Line Butterfly (Korea). She was also part of the band in Xinyao 36 featuring many esteemed local artistes such as Eric Moo, Jimmy Ye, Joanna Dong, Roy Li, Mavis Hee and Dream FM. Serena represented Singapore in the SG entourage created for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games performances in Mexico City and Seoul. In 2016, Serena was part of the year’s National Day theme song with 53A—Tomorrow’s Here Today, written by Don Richmond. Other performances include various Esplanade Presents series, WOMAD, the Disney musical The Lion King and several television and radio appearances (LUSH 99.5 and 987FM). Her most memorable project till date would be City Buskers—a local television show of eight episodes filmed in seven different cities in Asia, exploring each city’s busking and music scene. Serena was also part of the locally produced musical Tropicana as the principle percussionist. Her newest foray sees her creating solo video projects while also collaborating with artists worldwide in diverse variants of multimedia, always seeking to break boundaries and go beyond the role of a typical percussionist.

Tony Makarome


Tony Makarome is Chief Admissions Officer at Vandelay International School of the Arts. He also teaches at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. He studied with Robert Spano, Miroslav Vitous, Herb Pomeroy, K.R. Shyama, T.R. Sundaresan, Chettiharaveetil Sreekanth (Singapore Indian Fine Art Society), and R. Karthikeyan. He received the Vadya Visharad Award from Singapore Indian Fine Art Society in 2019.


Tony’s recent premieres include Kuanzhai Xiangzi for percussion quartet (2022), Jewel of Srivijaya (2019), Rain Konnakkol (2018, Baltimore), What Pattern? (2016, New York), Scifi Lounge (Bangkok) and Name with No Street (Shanghai). He arranged music for Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and China Broadcasting Folk Orchestra (Beijing). He also published a popular article on konnakkol in the Malaysian Music Journal. As a bassist, he performed with Louis Bellson, Tony Bennett and Quartet West. As a mridangist, he has performed in Chennai and New York City. He has been an award-winning teacher of solfege at Walden School (USA).

Date & Time

23 Jun 2022, Thu


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

24 Jun 2022, Fri


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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