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In Collaboration with Esplanade

Figure8 Agency, in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is thrilled to present the Tuareg Grammy-winning sensation Tinariwen in Singapore! 

Tinariwen is an iconic desert blues band originally from northern Mali, a country which has given the world Toumani Diabaté and the great Ali Farka Touré, among others. Rooted in traditional Tuareg music but influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, their music addresses political awakening, problems of exile, repression, and sovereignty. The band has become a rallying point for the disenfranchised nation, while helping to garner global interest in desert blues, a hypnotic and danceable combination of blues, Tuareg folk, rock and more. Outlawed in Algeria and Mali, their first two albums found an international audience, and paved the way for a wave of Tuareg desert blues artists such as Bombino and Tamikrest. Their praises have been sung by some of the planet’s most influential musicians—Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Robert Plant and Chris Martin, to name just a few.

Elwan was recorded between Morocco and Joshua Tree, California, with special guests Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Kurt Vile and Matt Sweeney (Johnny Cash, Bonnie Prince Billy and Cat Power). This record reaffirms this Tuareg institution as one of the most legendary and influential African bands in recent decades. Elwan has been nominated for Best World Music Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards

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Internet : 5 Jan 2018, 9am
Other Channels : 5 Jan 2018, 10am


Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, with no intermission

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Barossa | #01-11
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Pre-show lunch or dinner set from $15.90+.

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Available 6pm – 8pm daily.
Pre-show lunch or dinner set from $19.90.

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The voice of Talentime in the ’80s is back! Join Peter Chua as he sings the hits of popular and well-loved artists Neil Diamond and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Sing along to songs like Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Proud Mary, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, and more!(Performed in English. Approximately 1hr, no intermission)Vouchers for coffee/tea will be provided at each performance. Limited to one voucher per ticket.
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What is the role of faith in times of social and political disillusionment? When Jacqueline Kennedy approached composer Leonard Bernstein to compose a piece for the 1971 inauguration of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the composer had a surprising inspiration amidst the political and social turmoil of the 1960s—the Roman Catholic Mass. At the heart of Mass: A Theatre Piece is the Celebrant, who, disillusioned by the doubts of his community, goes through a crisis of faith.Arguably Bernstein’s most ambitious work, Mass receives its long overdue Singapore premiere in the composer’s birth centennial. Joining the Orchestra of the Music Makers are two choirs, rock musicians, and a cast of Broadway-styled vocalists, epitomising the West Side Story composer’s deftness at fusing diverse styles. From solemn hymns and soothing meditations to edgy symphonic dances, and with an exciting infusion of Broadway, blues, rock, jazz and pop idioms, this eclectic musical-theatrical work is led by conductor Joshua Kangming Tan and directed by Edith Podesta, with production design by Brian Gothong Tan. Kevin Vortmann plays the Celebrant, following a sensational debut in the role with the Philadelphia Orchestra that was described by Opera News as “an exceptionally good choice for this central role…(with) immaculate dynamic control into the part’s many challenges."Joshua Kangming Tan, ConductorKevin Vortmann, CelebrantVilancico Vocal Ensemble, (Eudenice Palaruan, Vocal Coach)Symphonia Choralis, (Chong Wai Lun, Chorus Master)Volare Treble Voices, (Darius Lim, Chorus Master)Edith Podesta, DirectorBrian Gothong Tan, Multimedia DesignerIn collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in conjunction with OMM’s 10th anniversary
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“Stunning reinventions of songs by the likes of John Martyn, Elbow and Mumford & Sons, with subtle beatboxing and audacious harmonies… superhero singing to truly raise goosebumps.” – The GuardianThe legendary vocal group The Swingles make their Singapore debut at the Esplanade Concert Hall!The five-time Grammy Award-winners put their vocal virtuosity and versatility on stunning display as they present a performance packed with classical anthems, Baroque instrumentals, and folk, pop and rock songs, featuring artists such as The Beatles and Elbow, and hits including Libertango and Air on a G String.In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music, resulting in the album Jazz Sebastian Bach that launched them to fame. For more than half a century since then, The Swingles (formerly known as The Swingle Singers) have pushed the boundaries of vocal music, amassing a repertoire featuring a huge variety of music that can be heard on their over 50 recordings, and on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. Today, the seven young masters of their craft that make up the group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the group since they first made waves in the ’60s.
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Homegrown singer Jessica Tan performs some of the most memorable hits by legendary music divas such as Paula Tsui, Anita Mui, Tsai Chin and Bai Guang, who have mesmerised generations with their beautiful love ballads. Expect to hear songs such as Time and Tide, Woman Flower, Words of You, and more!(Performed in Mandarin. Approximately 1hr, no intermission)Vouchers for coffee/tea will be provided at each performance. Limited to one voucher per ticket.
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Chinese Chamber Music Onwards – A Ruan & Zheng Recital 展望–阮与筝专场音乐会
Showcasing the versatility and elegance of the traditional Chinese plucked string instruments, ruan and zheng, this recital represents homegrown talents Yvonne Tay and Jonathan Rao’s aspiration in musicianship. Aside from the newly arranged Impression of Guangling, which was derived from the classic guqin piece, Guangling Melody, the concert also features notable signature works, including renowned composer Prof Dong Li Qiang’s Shu Ying and Robert Zollitsch’s Boat Against the Current. The duo will also premiere a newly commissioned work by Ding Yi’s composer-in-residence, Phang Kok Jun, as the finale.(1hr 10mins, no intermission)There will be a post-show talk in English and Mandarin. 
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The Studios 2018 Leda and The Rage An Esplanade Commission and Production
A personal story set against the backdrop of art, literature, and film, Leda and The Rage explores multiple perspectives of trauma through one woman's intimate journey of recovery. Theatre director Edith Podesta takes an unflinching look at the complexities, timelessness, and psychological aftermath of trauma in this darkly poetic production. Leda invites the audience to the delve into the daily struggles of those living with post -traumatic stress disorder.Due to mature themes, admission age for Leda and the Rage is 16 years old.Please note that Leda and The Rage contains references to rape and sexual assaultAll performances of Leda and The Rage are sign language interpreted.Click here to see full lineup for The Studios 2018.Creative teamPlaywright, Director and Performer Edith Podesta
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Event Date
Sat, 24 Mar 2018


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$88, S$68, S$48

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