Neil Chua Creates “Memoirs. De Melodies”
Ruan player Neil Chua created and performed the collaborative concert “Memoirs. De Melodies 吟遊”, a project inspired by his time at OneBeat and supported by the U.S. Embassy of Singapore and the High Commission Of Malaysia, Singapore. “Memoirs. De Melodies吟遊” brought together multiple cultures and instruments via three highly accomplished instrumentalists, Neil Chua ( Ruan), Tang Xiao Feng ( Pipa ) and Liu Le ( Gu zheng ), as well as a performance by fellow OneBeat alumni from Indonesia, Peni Candrarini.
Mixtape Interview: Gizem Oruç
“What I create is a reflection of my identity and I hold many of them. I don’t collaborate exclusively; I aim to be open to all forms of collective creation” — OneBeat 2015 Fellow, Gizem Oruç What was the creative process like working with OneBeat Fellow Ami Kim? Working with Ami felt both natural and magical. It was the second week of the OneBeat program and our first time getting together, we produced an entire song. The second time we met up, we produced another. We didn’t take any time for granted. We’d work on the bus, in a bar, a hotel room… When I think about it now, it seems a bit crazy. But it felt normal. Where does the title “Dragons in Gardens” come from? The title was initially Ami’s idea. She just came up with “Dragons and Gardens” and I misspelled it as “Dragons in Gardens”. A coincidence […]