Magic happens when music and words come together. So we’re psyched that this year, Singapore Writers Festival steps out of its comfort zone; it doesn’t just appeal to literature lovers. Music features quite a bit more in this year’s lineup, not just in terms of performances but also panels and programmes that explore the state of Singapore’s songwriting and music scene.
We round up some of the music x literature programmes that we think might interest you.
1. For the indie music lover
You’ll know her better as Tiny Ruins. Frontwoman Hollie Fullbrook from New Zealand will be here to charm you with her repertoire of songs, which are exquisite narratives of life, love and loss. Listen to her latest album, Brightly Painted One, which won Best Alternative Album at the New Zealand Music Awards 2014.
Story Songs by Tiny Ruins
Date:1 Nov, Sun
Venue: The Arts House Chamber
If you’re an aspiring songwriter, Hollie will be holding a workshop on songwriting. Bring your pen and paper and get ready for writing exercises that involve wordplay and pick up some strategies on rhyming.
Songwriting with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins)
Date: 31 Oct, Sat
Time: 10 – 1pm
Venue: The Arts House, Hall
2. For the homegrown-music hound
Catch this double bill featuring two of our very own bands, In Each Hand A Cutlass and I Am David Sparkle. Themed along with the festival, Island of Dreams, this showcase consists of two 45-minute sets from each rock band.
In Each Hand A Cutlass is an instrumental rock act that blends progressive rock, ambient, post-rock and metal elements to create epic and powerfully moving songs. I Am David Sparkle is an improvisational instrumental collective that explores heavy, doom-laden riffage intersecting with mood and melody.
Island of Dreams
Date: 30 Oct, Fri
Time: 8 – 10pm
Venue: Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall
3. For the fusion folk
Teaming up with Esplanade for the first time, the festival presents three collaborative projects between Singapore writers and musicians. Each project interprets a dream, navigating the grey spaces of consciousness and the boundaries of conscience. Rain City, by Ferry and Stephanie Ye is a series of narratives that explores the web of parallel existence and its possibilities. Lucid Dreams, by Daren Shiau and Riot !n Magenta captures the intersection of memory, regret and release through beats, words, loops and phrases. A Carnival of Confessions by Dave Chua and weish charts the relation between guilt and imagination while deromanticising nostalgia.
DIMENSIONS AND DEMONS
Date: 5 Nov, Thu
Time: 8 – 9.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
4. For the world-loving hippie
With compositions about love, good vibes and equality, chill out with this trio consisting of guitarist Rupak George, producer Richard Meade and poetic soul sister Deborah Emmanuel. Expect spacey and reggae vibes that will take you out of this world.
Date: 1 Nov, Sun
Time: 1.15 – 2pm
Venue: The Arts House, Lawn
5. For the cultural explorer
kroncong was the indie music scene that emerged in the first half of the 20th century. Learn a thing or two about this particular multi-ethnic music that is the product of many centuries of cultural experiments in the Indonesia archipelago. Kroncong Tenggara revives some old-time favourites from our grandparents’ entertainment, and they’ll also show the dynamism of Indonesian literature by singing the words of contemporary Indonesian poets.
Poetry in Music – Ubiet and Kroncong Tenggara
Date: 4 Nov, Wed
Time: 8 – 9.30pm
Venue: The Arts House, The Japan Foundation Play Den
Intrigued? We are too. You can get your tickets here OR answer a simple question below and win yourself some passes to the whole festival.
We have two sets of tickets to the festival on the house, courtesy of Singapore Writers Festival. Simply tell us in a comment below, which show you want to catch and why. Share the post on Facebook and that’s it! Don’t forget to leave your email address so that we can contact you. The best answer wins, good luck!
Winner A: 2 x festival passes + 2 tickets to Island of Dreams + 2 tickets to Story Songs by Tiny Ruins (Hollie Fullbrook) [worth $130]
Winner B: 2 x festival passes + 2 tickets to Island of Dreams + 2 tickets to Dimensions and Demons [worth $130]
Contest ends 29 Oct 2015, Thursday, 9pm. Winners will be contacted by email.
Images credit: Singapore Writers Festival