2GETHER AS 1 In Beat

A musical study conducted on cultural beats and rhythms underpinning the Singapore identity. This work sits on the crossroads between heritage and innovation, the traditional and contemporary, culture and trends. Completing the visual and aural experience are cultural dancers and vocalists from SMU clubs. Specially composed for the Festival by multi-disciplinary musician Dr Zechariah Goh, and directed by sought-after choreographer-director, Andy Benjamin Cai. 

Soak in a melting pot of culture and rhythm through 3 percussion pieces. Each video presentation is a tapestry of sight and sounds amalgamated from instruments representing various cultures, from East to West, and from the traditional to the unexpected. Enhanced by spirited dance choreography and digital wizardry, this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of diversity coming together.

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MUSIC DIRECTOR

Zechariah Goh Toh Chai

Zechariah Goh Toh Chai

As a principal lecturer of composition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and a composer of music ranging from choir, symphonic band, and wind ensemble to large scale orchestral works, Zechariah Goh Toh Chai has carefully fused South East Asian cultures with Western traditions. For his artistic excellence in the field of music, Zechariah was conferred the Young Artist Award (Music) in 2003 by the National Arts Council, and the Artistic Excellence Award from the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore in 2013.

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Andy Benjamin Cai

Andy Benjamin Cai

Andy Benjamin Cai is a dancer that has earned his recognition as a choreographer at an early stage of his career. His first choreography won his students numerous Distinction Awards for Singapore Youth Festival (2007-2018) and he has represented Singapore in numerous global competitions, receiving Overall Champion titles. Most notably, Andy was chosen to be the Chief Choreographer for The Singapore National Day Parade 2017. He is currently with Music Drama Club (MDC) as a Senior Manager, Artiste.

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TABLA, ALAAP VOCALS & BHARATANTYAM DANCERS

TRADITIONAL MALAY DRUMS & PERCUSSION

CHINESE PERCUSSION

AFRO-BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION

VOCAL, BEATBOX & BODY PERCUSSION

DANCERS

CREDITS

 

SONG 1 - COMING TOGETHER

Composed by: Zechariah Goh
Arranged by:
Sanjana Jain
Maanasa Sri Ganesh
Anant Mohan
Pratyusha Nyati
Eddy Hamid
Jennifer Tham

Recorded by: 
Sanjana Jain (Ghungroo Bells)
Maanasa Sri Ganesh (Jathi Vocal)
Anant Mohan (Tabla)
Pratyusha Nyati (Alaap Vocals)
Thinesh s/o Kalaichelvan (Surdo)
Khidir Bin Idrus Khan Surattee (Surdo)
Farand Tan (Surdo)
Mohit Ahuja (Dhol)
Tan Xian Tong (Timbal)
Sebastin Goh (Caixa)
Mark Wee (Caixa)
Amanda Tan (Body Percussion)
Leow Hong Ee (Body Percussion)
Law Lye Hong (Body Percussion)
Ong Yu Kai (Body Percussion)
Kim-Chan Tze Kuo Wyz (Body Percussion)
Woo Yu Xuan (Body Percussion)
Chelsey Tan (Body Percussion)
Po Qi Lin (Body Percussion)

Performed by: 
Sanjana Jain (Bharatanatyam Dancer)
Maanasa Sri Ganesh (Bharatanatyam Dancer)
Anant Mohan (Tabla)
Pratyusha Nyati (Alaap Vocals)
Farand Tan (Surdo)
Mohit Ahuja (Dhol)
Samuel Chong (Tamborim)
Amanda Tan (Body Percussion)
Leow Hong Ee (Body Percussion)
Law Lye Hong (Body Percussion)
Ong Yu Kai (Body Percussion)

SONG 2 - KEEPING TOGETHER

Composed by: Zechariah Goh
Arranged by:
Riduan Zalani
Eddy Hamid
Jennifer Tham

Recorded by: 
Thinesh s/o Kalaichelvan (Surdo)
Khidir Bin Idrus Khan Surattee (Surdo)
Farand Tan (Surdo)
Mohit Ahuja (Dhol)
Tan Xian Tong (Timbal)
Sebastin Goh (Caixa)
Mark Wee (Caixa)
Muhammad Asnawi bin Wahid (Tamborim)
Samuel Chong (Tamborim)
Shraddha Kaul (Tamborim)
Richie Chua (Agogo Bell)
Faith Lim (Repenique)
Kim-Chan Tze Kuo Wyz (Vocal Percussion)
Woo Yu Xuan (Vocal Percussion)
Po Qi Lin (Vocal Percussion)
Chelsey Tan Jie Min (Vocal Percussion)
Leow Hong Ee (Vocal Percussion)
Ong Yu Kai (Vocal Percussion)
Law Lye Hong (Vocal Percussion)
Chia Shu Min (Vocal Percussion)
Tay Hui Ping (Vocal Percussion)
Michelle Leong (Vocal Percussion)
Chen Guanxu (Vocal Percussion)
Ryan Ho (Vocal Percussion)
Zhang Xiaoyue (Vocal Percussion)
Sneha Murali (Vocal Percussion)
Tajuddin Bin Muhammad Zahid (Vocal Percussion)
Ong Pin Ern (Vocal Percussion)
Amanda Tan (Vocal Percussion)
Nabilah binte Azhar (Jidur)
Shazarifah Bte Shawal (Kompang)
Muhammad Syakir bin Mohd Kasmari (Jidur)
Nur Izzaty Bte Mohamed Izam (Kompang)
Muhammad Nazir Khan (Kompang)
Nur Ain Faqihah Bte Abdullah (Kompang)
Syahida Binte Mohamed Zafrull (Kompang)
Sakinah Amat Zaidi (Kompang)
Rahmat Hidayat (Kompang)
Nor Khairiani binte Mohd Hosaimi (Kompang)
Mohamad Daniel (Kompang)
Fong Zhi Yen (Chinese Percussions)
Cassandra Chua (Chinese Percussions)
Gu Jiawen (Chinese Percussions)

Performed by: 
Thinesh s/o Kalaichelvan (Surdo)
Khidir Bin Idrus Khan Surattee (Surdo)
Mohit Ahuja (Dhol)
Sebastin Goh (Caixa)
Samuel Chong (Tamborim)
Richie Chua (Agogo Bell)
Faith Lim (Repenique)
Kim Chan Tze Kou Wyz (Vocal Percussion)
Woo Yu Xuan (Vocal Percussion)
Po Qi Lin (Vocal Percussion)
Chelsey Tan Jie Min (Vocal Percussion)
Nabilah binte Azhar (Jidur)
Shazarifah Bte Shawal (Kompang)
Muhammad Syakir bin Mohd Kasmari (Jidur)
Nur Izzaty Bte Mohamed Izam (Kompang)
Muhammad Nazir Khan (Kompang)
Nur Ain Faqihah Bte Abdullah (Kompang)
Fong Zhi Yen (Chinese Percussions)
Cassandra Chua (Chinese Percussions)
Gu Jiawen (Chinese Percussions)

SONG 3 - WORKING TOGETHER

Composed by: Zechariah Goh
Arranged by:
Quek Ling Kiong;
Eddy Hamid

Recorded by: 
Farand Tan (Surdo); Thinesh s/o Kalaichelvan (Surdo);
Khidir Bin Idrus Khan Surattee (Surdo);
Richie Chua (Agogo Bell);
Tan Xian Tong (Timbal);
Shraddha Kaul (Chacalho);
Samuel Chong (Chacalho);
Fong Zhi Yen (Chinese Percussions);
Cassandra Chua (Chinese Percussions);
Gu Jiawen (Chinese Percussions);
Russell Ong (Chinese Percussions);
Joseph Tan (Chinese Percussions);
Ryan Han (Beatbox) 

Performed by:  
Farand Tan (Surdo);
Richie Chua (Agogo Bell);
Tan Xian Tong (Timbal);
Shraddha Kaul (Chacalho);
Lee Yong Xin (Dancer);
Sue Chew (Dancer);
Shannon Ong (Dancer);
Glenda Ng (Dancer);
Salin Yap (Dancer);
Yeo Zhi Ning (Dancer);
Fong Zhi Yen (Chinese Percussions);
Cassandra Chua (Chinese Percussions);
Gu Jiawen (Chinese Percussions);
Russell Ong (Chinese Percussions);
Joseph Tan (Chinese Percussions);
Joey Lim (Beatbox);
Kenneth (Beatbox);
Cyrus  (Beatbox)

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

PRODUCER  Japheth Ng

TECHNICAL PRODUCERS  Anthony Kok, Gloria Chee

COMPOSER  Zechariah Goh

VIDEO DIRECTOR  Andy Benjamin Cai

PRODUCTION HOUSE  JUO Studios, CGANG

RECORDING STUDIO  Pavane Studio

AUDIO ENGINEER  Gao Yang

STUDENT CREW
Faith Lim
Regina Chua
Kodumudi Sridhar Indumathi

 

SMU CLUBS

Samba

SMU Samba Masala

SMU Samba Masala is SMU’s resident Afro-Brazilian percussion group. Born out of a love for making music, the club consists of passionate individuals who share a strong family bond. With their annual productions, Christmas busking, as well as biennial samba festival Viva O Samba, the club has lit up both local and international stages with their inimitable music, unparalleled style and sheer showmanship.

SMU INDANCITY

SMU INDANCITY

Founded in 2006, SMU INDANCITY is SMU's official contemporary dance club. Under the guidance of artistic director Hong Guofeng and technique master Andy Benjamin Cai, the club strives to uphold high standards of technique and professionalism. Besides its annual production – BEYOND, SMU INDANCITY is also regularly involved in school performances and holds classes for the public to encourage appreciation of the contemporary art form.

SMU MLCC

SMU MLCC

The Malay Language & Cultural Club (MLCC) aims to create greater awareness and appreciation of our arts while cultivating strong bonds within SMU and the greater community. An active member participates in activities of MLCC, Rentak or Persadamu to promote their appreciation for Malay arts by embarking on a rewarding journey to foster a close rapport within the society.

SMU Chinese Orchestra

SMU Chinese Orchestra

SMU Chinese Orchestra (SMUCO) was established in August 2009 under the baton of Mr. Quek Ling Kiong, Resident Conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. SMUCO is made up of music enthusiasts whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Chinese Music to the community at-large and at the same time embracing the values of care and compassion. SMUCO prides itself on being a youthful, vibrant and unique Orchestra which has cultivated a refined taste in various music genres and art forms.

SMU Chamber Choir

SMU Chamber Choir

Formed in 2007, SMU Chamber Choir (SMUCC) has competed and achieved awards in several music festivals internationally, such as the 2nd Salzburg International Celebration and Choral Competition in 2019 where they received two Gold Diplomas and qualified for its first Grand Prix. Locally, the club bagged silver awards in the recent Singapore International Choral Festival. Apart from its annual production, Wrinkles in the Air, SMUCC also performs in various school events, community outreach programmes and carolling projects.

SMU VOIX

SMU VOIX

SMU VOIX is SMU’s premier a cappella group, using the power of the human voice to reimagine modern music. The versatile style of singing without instrumental accompaniment brings SMU VOIX everywhere from "XOXO" Valentine’s Day dedications in the classrooms all the way to the big stage at their annual "Do You A Cappella" production.

2GETHER AS 1 SUPPORTS
THE SMU RESILIENCE FUND

The programmes you have watched are a labour of love from over 300 youths over the last 8 months. They have come 2GETHER AS 1 to pursue their common passion in the arts, while juggling the commitments from other aspects of their lives. For some students, this includes shouldering financial difficulties during the pandemic. You can help ease their load by donating generously to SMU Resilience Fund, a university-wide effort established in 2020 to provide timely and much-needed relief for SMU students. We look forward to receiving your support during this festive season.

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