New challenges. Gotta love 'em. I'd been tasked by NAC to programme the Noise Mini-Showcase over last Friday (22nd Jan) & today (23rd Jan) and I found it to be a enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
Maybe because I love dealing with young talented singer-songwriters. The event was conducted with relatively few hiccups. I was particurly proud of my mentees Narisa and Celina for putting up impressive performances.
Narisa assembled a group to present her songs and I enjoyed the country-folk vibe of her piano ballads The Necklace and I'd Rather Be. The inspirational Fight was also trotted out though regretably not sung by Narisa. I must confess there were technical flaws here and there in the performances but overall it came together nicely enough. Still work to be done though...
Celina, backed by Edwin on guitar, demonstrated her range in emotional intensity as well as vocal ability. Managing to move from heartfelt plea in Alcohol to the angsty Cinderella in the space of two songs displayed uncommon versatility in terms of songwriting and performance. Still a little jittery in the performance and more control in dynamics is required but Celina's potential is exciting to behold.
Over the course of the two days, I was most impressed by Julian Kwok who wowed the audience with his brilliant guitar work and highly distinctive songs. Showing a fret dexterity and deft songwriting skills that belied his relative status in the local music scene, Julian quite frankly was heads and shoulders above everyone else. Despite some technical problems with equipment, Julian managed to rise above the limitations and deliver an intriguing performance. Certainly a singer-songwriter to keep a close eye (and ear) on.
I'd like to thank all the singer-songwriters who performed at the Noise Mini-Showcase viz. Rebecca, Deborah, Jeremy, Zahidah, Julian, Narisa, Seyra, Crystal, Cindy, Celina and For This Cycle. I appreciate your sharing your music with us.
The selection has been made for the Noise Showcase to be held in early March. Stay tuned for more details.
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