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Parlando is the official quarterly electronic newsletter for the Euroasia Association of Performing Arts. The word “Parlando” refers to an Italian music direction for a singer to sing in a conversational style - thus, this newsletter will be Euroasia’s way of talking with our audience, while remaining true to our roots in performing arts. In Volume I, No. 2 (2015), we look at Euroasia's Official Launch; an exclusive interview with world renowned archetiers the Nehr brothers, Jean-Pascal and Pierre; Arioso Sinfonia's really busy first quarter of the year; getting ready for the Inaugural Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival and the Euroasia Violin Competition; a look at the Royale Sunday Matinee performances; and Variazioni discusses the issue of travelling with instruments. Cover Photo: Turning Point Dance Academy dancers perform at the Euroasia Official Launch. Photo: Essence Photograph

Transcript of Parlando (2015 - Volume I, No. 2)

  • 2015 | Volume I, No 2 | Not For Sale | | | Volume I, No 2 | Not For Sale | |

    Opening ActEuroasia launches

    with grace and style

    Bow MastersThe Nehr Brothers share their story

    Flight RiskInstruments and travel issues

  • Contents

    OVERTURESmashing DebutEuroasia launches in style! Page 4-5SHOWTIMEOn DisplayPhotos from the Euroasia Official Launch. Pages 6-9

    ARCOStick With The Best For Your FiddlesPARLANDO talks to master archertiers Jean-Pascal Nehr and Pierre Nehr about their work. Pages 10-11

    ON TOUROn DisplayArioso Sinfonia starts off the year with many shows. Pages 12-13

    UNISONOGetting Festive Down SouthEuroasia, in collaboration with the Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA), is excited about the Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival. Page 14BRAVURARoyale ShowcasePresenting the performers for the Royale Sunday Matinee. Page 15

    CADENZAThe Heat Is OnThe Euroasia Competition Series returns with the Euroasia Violin Competition (EVC) and the hunt for this years best violinists has begun. Pages 16

    VARIAZIONIThe Plane TruthWe take a look at an issue that many musicians dread but can hardly avoid: problems with bringing musical equipment on flights. Pages 18-19


    ~~~~~~~~~The word Parlando refers to an Italian music direction for a singer to sing in a conversational style - thus, this newsletter will be Euroasias way of talking with our audience, while remaining true to our roots in performing arts.~~~~~~~~~

    Volume I, No 2 (2015)/Published Quarterly/Not For Sale~~~~~~~~~Editor/Communications AssociateAhmad Azrai

    [email protected]~~~~~~~~~Cover PhotoTurning Point Dance Academydancers perform at the

    Euroasia Official Launch.Photo: Essence Photograph

    Photo: Essence Photograph

  • 4Euroasia Officially Takes FlightIT was a bright and beautiful Sunday on the 1st of February, 2015, when the Euroasia Association of Perform-ing Arts (Euroasia) was officially launched at the Royale Bintang Re-sort and Spa Seremban.

    Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, who is the patron of the Association, offici-ated the launch, along with Royale Bintang Seremban General Manager Mashor Din, and E uroasia Presi-dent Angel Lee. They were joined by Euroasia Vice President Mubin Abdul Rahman, Secretary Lee Shih Mei Hwa and Treasurer Teo Min Huey, while French Embassy Co-operation and Cultural Affairs Counsellor Jean-Pierre Galland and his wife Elisabeth Galland who stayed for both the afternoon and evening sessions were in the audi-ence to witness the ceremony.The Association also made a formal announcement to introduce its supporting partners: the Royale Bintang Seremban (official hotel part-ner); Sin Chew Daily (official media partner); LeongTow Design (multi-media partner); Trinity College Lon-don; the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM); and the Johor Society for Perform-


    ing Arts (JSPA). All the partners were in attendance for the day.The whole day event featured an exhi-bition of fine French bows for stringed instruments by world-renowned archetiers (bowmakers), the broth-ers Jean-Pascal Nehr and Pierre Nehr. The brothers who are widely acknowledged for their skill as makers and restorers of bows were on hand to talk about their work, and show-case their pieces. (See pages 10-11 for the full story)

    In conjunction with the launch, the Royale Overture Concert was held at 3pm, with a diverse range of perform-ances. Turning Point Dance Acade-my started the show rolling with a de-lightful performance to a song called I Am A Cat, which was in Mandarin. The audience was charmed by the young performers, and gave them a hearty round of applause. Later on, the dance troupe performed a funky modern dance set to S Club 7s Dont Stop Mov-ing, a Broadway inspired number, and a special waltz choreographed to a movement of the Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky, in collaboration with Euroasias Arioso Sinfonia ensemble under the baton of Euroasia Music Asso-

    ciate Dr. Andrew Filmer.

    Not to be outdone in the cuteness factor were the members of the Arioso Junior Ensemble, who per-formed a Robert Frost medley of song arrangement. The weeks of practise and dedication that they put in paid off, and the performance showed the admirable skills of the players, some of whom were as young as 7 years old.

    Next up were some fancy fireworks from jazz pianist Chin Yi Jun, who fearlessly tackled Fazil Says Paganini Jazz, and as well as Hiromis arrange-ment of George Gershwins I Got Rhythm. Chins fingers proved to be up to the task of subduing the imposingly difficult pieces, and the crowd roared their approval at the end of the fantas-tic display of pianistic virtuosity.Singer, songwriter and pianist Ally Lew followed, wth her own arrange-ments of Audioslaves Be Yourself and Cyndi Laupers True Colors, as well as her own original composition Becoming. Lew managed to capture the melancholic nature of the songs, and her gentle voice imbued the songs with extra sensitivity and poignance.Kolej Tuanku Jaafar (KTJ) played an arrangement of the Third Movement from Mozarts famous Symphony No. 40, as well as the music of John Wil-liams for the movie Memoirs of A Gei-sha. Their interpretation proved to be fascinating, which was acknowledged by the audiences generous applause.

    Arioso Sinfonia was then joined by soprano Christine Seng Fun Yuan

    ITS OFFICIAL: (from left) Association President Angel Lee, Patron Tunku Abidin Muhriz and Royale Bintang Seremban General Manager Mashor Din officially launch Euroasia, with Euroasias Vice President Mubin Abdul Rahman, Treasurer Teo Min Huey, and Secretary Lee Shih Mei Hwa in attendance.

    All Photos: Essence Photograph

    Ally Lew sang her own arrangements,as well as an original composition.


  • 5for two numbers: I Dreamed A Dream and Getaran Jiwa, tuneful classics that were familiar and well-received by the crowd. Arioso then joined forces with Music Talk Studio to offer an exciting rendition of Coldplays Viva La Vida. The grand finale saw almost all the performers get together on stage to perform the biggest hit of 2013: Let It Go, from the movie Frozen.The festivities continued later in the evening with the European Treasures Gala Concert, dedicated to Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tu-anku Munawir on the occasion of the 67th Birthday of His Royal Highness. The special invitation concert was at-tended by His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz and Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tunku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sem-bilan Darul Khusus Tuanku Aishah Rohani binti Almarhum Tengku Besar Mahmud, as well as various family members and invited guests of His Royal Highness.Other guests in attendance for the evening included Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Seri Utama Haji Mohamad bin Hasan, and his wife Yang Mulia Raja Datin Seri Salbiah binti Tengku Nujumudin; British High Commissioner to Malaysia Her Excellency Victoria Treadell; High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to Malaysia His Excellency Vanu Gopala Menon; and Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus State Secretary Yang Berhormat Dato Haji Mat Ali bin Hassan and his wife Yang Berbahagia Datin Paezah binti Ismail.

    With the musicians using bows made by the Nehr brothers, Filmer once again led Arioso Sinfonia in perform-ance this time in Baroque master-pieces. This included Filmers own edition of Telemanns Concerto for Two Violettas, where he and Ariosos Principal Violist Danish Mubin per-formed the solo parts. Arioso was then joined by pianist Loo Bang Hean to perform the last movement of Bachs famous Piano Concerto in D.Legendary composer and conductor Dato Johari Salleh was on hand to conduct Arioso Sinfonia in a special birthday tribute to His Royal High-ness: Joharis own hauntingly beauti-ful Moon And The Breeze, an original composition based on Tan Sri P. Ramlees Bulan Dan Juga Angin. There was more good tunes from P. Ramlee,

    this time with Euroasia Patron Y. A. M. Tunku Abidin Muhriz performing with Arioso. There was also a small surprise: a birthday cake and perform-ance of Happy Birthday by the young members of the Arioso Junior Ensem-ble, which delighted D. Y. M. M. Tuanku Muhriz. His Royal Highness graciously posed with the cake, and thanked the performers for the tribute.

    The Seremban Cello Quartet consisting of Arioso Sinfonias cello section offered Piazzollas Oblivion, arranged for four cellos. This was followed by an enchanting perform-ance of Schumanns Arabeske by pianist Ng Chong Lim, whereas Seng returned to offer O Mio Babbino Caro! and Ah! Je Veux Vivre. Arioso Sinfonias Principal Cello Goh Wen Chih and Guest Harpist Mei-Huei Shih from Taiwan gave an exquisite rendition of La Cygne (The Swan) by Saint-Sans; and there was also an encore performance of the Tchaikovsky Waltz, performed by Turning Point Dance Academy and Arioso Sinfonia.

    Last and certainly not least was an extra special performance by soprano Cecilia Yap, who brought the house down with her renditions of the Habanera from Carmen and I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady. A stunning end to an eventful day, and a fitting debut for Euroasia.

    HELLO KITTIES (right): The dancers from Turning Point Dance Academy started the show off with a smile. 5


    STAR POWER: (from left) Christine Seng, Cecilia Yap, Loo Bang Hean and Ng Chong Lim smile while waiting for their cues backstage.

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