After a year of agonising wait, the music event of the year is finally back. Mosaic Music Festival returns for the eighth time this March 9 to March 18, 2012 armed with a host of international, regional and local artistes whose music spans the gamut ranging from Latin jazz and Spanish flamenco to the avant-garde Finnish accordion and Japanese fusion.
The choices of artistes blend with the 10th anniversary of the Esplanade. While the birthday celebration is year-long, covering 17 arts festivals with the theme, “Celebrating Life — The Best Of The Human Spirit Through The Arts”, Mosaic runs for 10 days and will pay tribute to “peace”.
“Mosaic will celebrate Peace as we feature artists from around the world sharing their gifts with us as we revel in music’s ability to bridge the barriers of geography and language to bring people together. Music has the ability to generate a sense of release and relaxation and we hope the enjoyment of music will help to bring peace to one’s soul,” explains Clarence Yap, Assistant Director, Programming, The Esplanade Co. Ltd. in an interview with inSing.com.
Imagine: A Soundtrack To Peace
This year's highlights will be concerts by famed jazz singer Stacey Kent and British seminal rock band elbow as well as a show, "Imagine a Soundtrack to Peace", in which Singaporean musicians and international guests will perform with special guests to inspire expression and hope.
Above: Imagine artistes - (from left) Art Fazil, Ling Kai & Yuna
“imagine: a soundtrack to peace will mark the inaugural performance produced for Mosaic. The concert which is named after John Lennon’s iconic song of child-like innocence and honesty, will see many home-grown and regional talents both on stage and behind the scenes. The culmination of this collaborative effort is a concert of songs with a poignant narrative that underscores the prevailing message of peace,” says Esplanade’s Yap.
Yap adds, “We are very excited about this show because it is the first time we are producing a show for Singapore artists, who will be accompanied onstage by international guest artists, to share their take on peace.”
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Notable Singapore musicians such as Ramli Sarip, Zul Tania, Cat Ong, Art Fazil, Jon Chan, Ling Kai, and Malaysian pop sensation Yuna will give their take on peace through the songs. They will be joined by special guests such Stacey Kent and her husband, saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, the inventive Bossarenova Trio and Spanish indie phenomenon Russian Red.
Above: Russian Red
Other shows will include Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band and John Butler Trio at the Concert Hall, Makoto Ozone featuring No Name Horses,Architecture in Helsinki and Craft Spells at Mosaic Club; and Russian Red, Arctic Accordion with Kimmo Pohjonen, Ari Hoenig Quartet and Blind Pilotat Mosaic Studio, and OMD at the Theatre.
Above: Riot in Magenta
In addition, participants will enjoy musical shows and artistic attractions free of charge. On the list for the Mosaic Music Station (Outdoor Theatre) are the Darren Moore Quintet, Korean band The Kozz, Singapore indie acts Shelves and Nicholas Chim; and jazz innovators Tokyo Blue.
Music fans such as Cara Tan as excited about festival. The advertising account executive religiously attends most of the concerts every year. Tan says, "The acts this year are really diverse. You never know what to expect at the festival every year but Esplanade never disappoint. I am very excited to see bands such as OMD and Architecture in Helsinki at the Esplanade."