Festival Opening - Tales from the Garden
6 September 2019, Friday
6pm - 10pm
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SMU Arts Festival 2019 opens with Tales from the Garden, an outdoor extravaganza featuring live performances and visual artworks celebrating Singapore’s heritage and greenery. Catch sizzling performances on the main stage by SMU Chamber Choir, percussion ensemble SMU Samba Masala, and hip-hop dance troupe SMU Eurhythmix, involving beneficiaries from the community. Enjoy showcases by SMU Caderas Latinas, SMU Stereometa, and SMU SoundFoundry. Share an Instagram moment with our walkabout historical figures such as Sir Stamford Raffles and Elizabeth Choy. And end the night with home-grown guest artistes MICappella and Sezairi. Satisfy your taste buds with floral mocktails and unique treats wonderfully inspired by plants and ingredients that can be found in Armenian Street, Singapore’s first Botanic Gardens.
About the Team
Ms Celine Yeo
Ms Wee E-Chiing
Ms Janice Low
Mr Koustav Mallick
Production and Operations:
Ms Gloria Chee
Mr Ng Yong Ming
Ms Wee E-Chiing
SMU Chamber Choir Artistic Director:
Ms Jennifer Tham
SMU Chamber Choir Conductor:
Mr Kenny Khoo
SMU Eurhythmix Choreographers:
Ms Gin Lam
Mr Derrick Ng
SMU Samba Masala Creative Team:
Mr Eddy Hamid
Mr Bryan Lee
Mr Rajvinder Singh
Festival Tech Producer:
Mr Anthony Kok
Marketing and Publicity:
Ms Janice Low
SMU Chamber Choir
Formed in 2007, SMU Chamber Choir [SMUCC] has been overseas to compete and achieved awards in several music festivals, most recently winning two Gold Diplomas and getting into the Grand Prix at the 2nd Salzburg International Celebration and Choral Competition. Apart from its annual production, Wrinkles in the Air, SMUCC also performs in various school events, community outreach programmes and caroling projects.
SMU Eurhythmix [Emix], is SMU’s official hip-hop dance club. Established in 2001, Emix is known for their creative signature productions – Timeless and RAW, that carry strong messages with humcur. In 2018, The club was crowned the tertiary champion in Super 24. Emix also finds time to give back to the community through their community service initiative – Youth-rhythmix.
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, yearly Christmas busking affairs, 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.
Effervescent, dynamic and versatile, MICappella is one of Asia’s leading vocal band based in Singapore.
Winner of the International Moscow Spring Festival 2017 and runners up at the Sing-off China reality television competition, MICappella had the honour of appearing at National Day Parade 2018 Celebrations and Singapore Day 2019 in Shanghai where they performed the Evolution of NDP Songs which is a medley of 26 National Day songs from the early 1960s to date!
MICappella has also released 2 full albums, Here We Go (2012) & MICappella Reloaded (2016). Do check out their recent release of “Queen Medley” on Youtube!
Sezairi has won the hearts of many with his boy-next-door charm and musicality. A great live performer and musician, Sezairi is a class act, also well-known as the winner of Singapore Idol in 2009.
Sezairi's debut album "Take Two" was released in June 2010. "Broken", Sezairi's first single, was the highest ranking Asian song of 2010 on 987FM, one of Singapore's top pop radio stations. In 2016, Sezairi released his first ever full-English EP. The infectious lead single ‘Fire To The Floor’ claimed the #1 spot on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart within a week of its release. In 2018, Sezairi’s evocative ballad ‘It’s You’ gained the #1 spot on Spotify’s SG and MY Viral 50 Chart within a week of its release and surpassed 2 million listens online and has acquired the GOLD certification.
“In Secret’, his first single release of 2019 cements Sezairi’s role as part of Singapore’s pop royalty: it gained over 108,000 streams on Spotify in its first month. The single is also accompanied by a visually arresting music video shot in Japan.