Classical music doesn’t have to be a stuffy, suit and gown-filled affair, according to the music movement that is the Yellow Lounge.
Instead of the concert hall, classical music is brought to edgy, urban spaces. In the first installment of the Yellow Lounge in Singapore, Lithuanian accordionist Martynas brings his set to Zouk on 18 October.
With his hobbit-like curls and the cheeky glint in his eye, Martynas is no regular accordion player, playing for small change on the French riviera. The classically-trained accordionist started playing music at the age of eight, and only recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also won Lithuania’s Got Talent in 2010 and recently released his debut self-titled album, on which he plays everything from Beethoven and Vivaldi, to Ennio Morricone and Lady Gaga.
Martynas puts an accordion-spin on Lady Gaga's 'Telephone'.
Started several years ago in the Berlin club scene, the worldwide concert series allows classically trained musicians to expose their music to a wider audience. The worldwide concert series has also been held in Berlin, London, Salzburg, New York, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Seoul.
Last year's London edition of the Yellow Lounge
Martynas wants to change the way accordion musc is perceived. He said, "Yes, I want to change the image of the accordion, but I'm also trying to show all the different possibilities I have as a performer with this instrument". He added, "In my home country of Lithuania, people see the accordion as a folk instrument, but I always had an ambition to expand that attitude and make the instrument more popular."
Martynas plays 'Singapura, Sunny Island', a tune definitely familiar to Singaporeans
Yellow Lounge with Martynas | Date: 18 Oct | Time: Doors open 7pm | Venue: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St. | Tickets: Get an invite by signing up at the Yellow Lounge facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yellowlounge