Esplanade Presents


The Art of War 2.0

Calista Liaw, Axel Brizzy, Jeremy Wong, Wovensound, Khalif Rawi (Singapore)

15 Jun 2023, Thu, 7.15pm & 8.15pm

16 Jun 2023, Fri, 7.15pm & 8.15pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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“Liaw is a thoughtful yet passionate artist, and her conception of this idea-provoking production bringing together friends and fellow collaborators heralds further promising artistic endeavours to come.” – The Straits Times


Experience the artistry of Calista Liaw with The Art of War 2.0, a multi-disciplinary production . Following the success of her thought-provoking debut production, The Art of War, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Esplanade Recital Studio, Liaw is back with another refreshing performance at the Esplanade Concourse this June.


Bringing together rap by the electrifying Axel Brizzy and the soul-stirring soundscapes of traditional Chinese instruments played by Liaw on the erhu and Jeremy Wong on the pipa, with music produced by Wovensound and Khalif Rawi. The Art of War 2.0 is a fusion of modernity and tradition, East and West, and a celebration of local artistic collaboration at its finest. Prepare to be mesmerised by the metaphorical narratives of each trademark movement — ‘Laying Plans’, Waging War, Introspection, and March On, inspired by selected quotes from Sun Tzu’s renowned classic The Art of War 《孙子兵法》.


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

Language: English
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

Axel Brizzy

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A dedication to authenticity underlines the work that Axel Brizzy puts out. This Singapore-based rap artist makes music that’s built upon honest introspection and truthful commentary on the world around him. Evoking different emotions and moods, he paints a vivid picture of his truth with his words and versatile artistry.


Being the youngest rapper in Singapore to top the local iTunes Hip Hop charts, he has garnered over 2 million streams to-date, across all streaming platforms. His biggest single thus far, Thursday, garnered over a million streams on Spotify and picked up the “Best Song To Sing Along To” award at the inaugural Singapore Youth Music Awards in 2019.


Since his debut in 2017, Axel Brizzy has graced the stages of the Chingay Parade 2023, Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and various music festivals. He has also been featured multiple times in Men’s Folio Singapore and worked with brands such as Harley Davidson, PUMA, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, G-Shock, Rémy Martin, SuperDry, and Ermenegildo Zegna.

Calista Liaw

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Calista Liaw is a visionary trailblazer in the world of contemporary Chinese music. With a unique blend of tradition and innovation, Calista has achieved critical acclaim for her solo erhu performances and curated music content under the moniker calyourerhupal. She has also contributed to Hollywood productions, recorded and exhibited commissioned pieces, and been recognised as one of the 30 under 30 Music Leaders by the Southeast Asian Directors of Music. Calista is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music & Society at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, with a Minor in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. With her unique artistic vision, passion for innovation, and dedication to her craft, Calista Liaw is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music and the arts. 

Jeremy Wong


An award-winning pipa player and ensemble musician, Jeremy studied under Dr Samuel Wong when he was 14. By the age of 18, Jeremy won the 1st prize and 2nd prize in the Pipa Youth and Open category of the biennial National Chinese Music Competition respectively, while also clinching 3rd prize at the Asian Youth Music Competition 2007 (Chinese Music). After graduating from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Music and Audio Technology, Jeremy went on to attain his Distinction in Diploma for Pipa Performance from NUS. He also took on the role of Principal pipa player for Toa Payoh West Chinese Orchestra from 2007 to 2017, which has won multiple prizes—including 1st prize in the National Chinese Music Competition Ensemble Open category.


Since then, he has been featured as a soloist in numerous concerts and events, working with local organisations such as Hsing Hai Arts Association Chinese Orchestra and Toa Payoh West Community Chinese Orchestra, among others. After completing his national service as a musician in the Singapore Armed Forces’ Music and Drama Company, Jeremy was also featured by Steinway Gallery Singapore at Singapore Men’s Fashion Week 2012 alongside local pianists. In 2013, Jeremy was invited to perform with the Orchestre Symphonique De Bretagne in France to high acclaim.


Never one to settle for the status quo, Jeremy collaborated with Samuel and formed The Pipa Quartet in 2013, and developed the world’s first electro-acoustic pipa. Following the Quartet’s performances in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Jeremy began coaching at various Chinese Orchestras such as Hong Wen School, Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) and Elias Park Primary School. Subsequently in 2017, Jeremy combined his love for music with a growing passion in music education through his work at the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra. He continues to perform as pipa musician with the TENG Ensemble and TENG Gives Back, and currently leads the marketing team at The TENG Company. 

Date & Time

15 Jun 2023, Thu


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

16 Jun 2023, Fri


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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