One of the most renowned and anticipated annual music festivals in Singapore is undoubtedly Esplanade’s Mosaic Music Festival.
The festival has built a solid reputation for bringing in top-notch acts of various musical genres over the years. Its eclectic programming has something for every serious music fan. This year’s Mosaic Music Festival, running from 12 to 21 March, promises to be another spectacular experience.
Guitar fans will surely drool over the prospects of watching legends Steve Lukather and Robben Ford performing with the Randy Brecker / Bill Evans Soulbop. The two guitar gods are also conducting guitar workshops at the Festival.
If the wallet’s tight, there are free shows daily as well. Check out www.mosaicmusicfestival.com for the full schedule and ticketing information.
Here’s our pick of 10 must-see acts at the festival:
16 Mar, 8pm Theatre (at press time, selling fast)
These alternative rock legends from the 1980s reformed a few years ago with its original members guitarist/singer J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph. Acclaimed for their bombastic and wild guitar assault, the trio released their latest album, Farm, last year that showed them to be as good as they’ve ever been.
18 Mar, 7:30pm Concert Hall (selling fast)
19 Mar, 7:30pm Concert Hall (sold out)
If you’ve never heard of Kings Of Convenience, just imagine a European version of Simon & Garfunkel. This acclaimed Norwegian duo received a rapturous standing ovation for their stunning performance at Mosaic a couple of years ago and their return is highly anticipated as they’ve recently released their third and latest album, Declaration of Dependence.
14 Mar, 7.30pm & 10pm Theatre Studio (selling fast)
This talented trio from Brooklyn embrace synth-pop like it’s 1981. Armed with vintage keyboards, strong melodic sensibilities and a magical chemistry, Au Revoir Simone has garnered a strong following in the electro indie-pop scene in the wake of three albums and numerous live shows since 2003.
17 Mar, 7.30pm Theatre Studio (selling fast)
18 Mar, 10pm Theatre Studio (selling fast)
This UK band burst onto the scene with their seminal 2004 album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, which was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2005. Fusing garage rock with soul and hip hop, the Go! Team’s infectious grooves and songs make for a riotous and joyous affair not to be missed.
Randy Brecker / Bill Evans Soulbop Special Edition
with special guests Steve Lukather, Robben Ford, Darryl Jones, Rodney Holmes, and Steve Weingart
15 Mar, Mon, 7.30pm Concert Hall
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and illustrious saxophonist Bill Evans have put together a band of the highest calibre for this performance. They are all amazingly versatile musicians who will mesmerize you with their virtuosity, musicality and potent brew of funk, jazz, soul, and blues.
18 Mar, 7.15 - 8pm, 8.15 - 9pm, 9.15 - 10pm The Concourse
The Karl Maka is one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets. This talented duo, comprising of Jonathan Fong and Ken Hayashida, makes very intelligent and affecting indie-pop music. For this project though, they will be re-interpreting popular songs from the 1980s and 1990s. It’s going to be really interesting!
17 Mar, 7.00pm - 7.40pm, 9.00pm - 9.40pm Outdoor Theatre
This Singaporean band is a joy to watch with their groovy chilled-out style. Formed in 2004, they play a tasteful fusion of reggae and Latin music and love to jam on stage when inspiration hits.
16 Mar, 8.00pm - 8.40pm, 9.00pm - 9.40pm Outdoor Theatre
This Singaporean quartet describes their sound as “groove-infused progressive pop rock that’s at times uplifting, hypnotic and beguiling”. With charismatic front man Marv leading the charge, their live shows are intense and engaging from start to finish.
19 Mar, 7.00pm - 7.40pm Outdoor Theatre
Kelvin Tan is an enigma who wears many hats. He’s a singer-songwriter of over 40 solo albums, guitarist with The Oddfellows, author of books, music writer and experimental musician to name but a few. Kelvin has roped in keyboardist Delfi Esfandi for this stripped-down performance.
19 Mar, 11.00pm - 11.40pm Outdoor Theatre
Weiwen Seah aka For This Cycle is a talented 17-year-old Singaporean singer-songwriter whose influences include Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Teddy Geiger and Jason Reeves. He released his self-titled debut EP in mid 2009 and has gone from strength to strength as a live performer.
The Mosaic Music Festival is on from March 12 to 21, at the Esplanade. Check out www.mosaicmusicfestival.com for the full schedule and ticketing information.