Red Dot August 1 - 31 Aug 2017  

In the month of Red Dot August, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay celebrates Singapore nation's birthday with a difference.
Besides presenting a slice of Singapore's unique diversity and immense talent through music, film, literature and our oral traditions, Esplanade also acknowledge the challenges and sacrifices of the many communities living and working in Singapore, and celebrate their courage and contributions.
This month, Esplanade are proud to feature a tribute to the father of our National Anthem, Zubir Said; put the spotlight on Singapore filmmakers and composers in SG Film Screenings and SG Inspirations: Music and Poetry that reflect our evolving identity and many aspirations; and celebrate the urban legends Esplanade continue to pass down in Late Night Ghost Stories: SEVEN. Esplanade also collaborate with Dialogue in the Dark Singapore and our migrant worker community to present experiences of Singapore that are different from the lives most of us lead daily.

Here's a taster of just some of the music highlights happening from now:

Fym Summer. 4 Aug, Fri. Fym Summer's musical works are notable for her dreamy intimate vocals, rueful narrative songwriting and her recordings taken in bold single takes or with minimal embellishments.
Vivienne's Verdict. 4 Aug, Fri. Moving on from the release of their debut album Depiction, Singapore based metalcore and hard rock band Vivienne's Verdict is back with a brand new single Hurricane.
Police Quintet. 5 Aug, Sat - 6 Aug, Sun. Catch our Singapore police officers, together with special guests, former police NSmen Hady Mirza and Abdul Thaqif Bani, in a slightly different light as they entertain you with their renditions of National Day songs and popular chart-toppers.
Cadence. 5 Aug, Sat. Cadence is a Singapore alternative rock band. A quintet mix of musicians who have played in the Singapore indie scene for years and three who are diving into it for the first time, the line- up merges experience with fresh eyes and ears to create an energetic rock outfit with a strong emphasis on melodies and concise arrangements.
Tammy Ying. 6 Aug, Sun - 7 Aug, Mon. Tammy Ying is a Singapore singer-songwriter and music educator based in New York City. If you can't find her teaching her students, she's probably up to some harmless mischief in the music realm—like writing a song or filming a short video!
General Lee. 6 Aug, Sun. General Lee is a Singapore-based rock and roll band. Hard-driving bass-lines and authoritative drumming provide the backdrop for swaggering vocals and raucous guitar, covering the musical ground from slashing slide riffs and swampy blues to greasy funk and rockabilly train beats.
Creating a Home Away from Home. 5 Aug – 3 Sep. An exhibition of objects from Singapore's migrant worker community. How do you make a foreign place your home? This is an exhibition of personal objects contributed by members of the migrant community, who call Singapore home for now.
Leon Markcus. 10 Aug, Thu. Apart from turning out chart-toppers, Leon Markcus' EP was also featured on Apple International's A-List Playlist for Singapore Music, as well as The Strait Times' Gig Pick and Teenage Magazine's Artist to look out for in the Month of November 2016. Back in May 2017, Markcus released a stand-alone music collaboration with THIEVVES and Sherlyn Veronica (from Disco Hue), a remix of his debut single Circles.
A Zubir Said Tribute. 11 Aug, Fri - 12 Aug, Sat. Zubir Said is best known as the composer of the Singapore National Anthem, Majulah Singapura.
Hafizah Naser feat. Pink Saturday. 13 Aug, Sun. Hafizah Naser and Pink Saturday takes you down memory lane with familiar tunes by the legendary P Ramlee and Singapore diva Anita Sarawak.
HAI Definition. 13 Aug, Sun. HAI Definition is, simply put, the way Ismahairie (also fondly known as Hai by his family and friends) sees and defines his musical style.
Hillary Francis. 15 & 16 Aug, Tue & Wed. In 1975, he made his international debut representing Singapore as a finalist at the prestigious World Popular Song Festival in Budokan, Tokyo. Francis has released three charity albums to date and is still active in the Singapore music scene.
Jayden Chia. 17 & 18 Aug, Thu & Fri. Jayden Chia presents an up-close and personal acoustic performance of his original compositions, based on real-life experiences and inspired by the thing people face in life, and a selection of iconic Singapore National Day songs.
The Mashed Ups. 18 Aug, Fri. A night filled with delicious mix of Cantonese and Hokkien Hits, with songs mainly from Singapore composers, including songs from your favourite local TV serials and homegrown singers.
Ken Loh. 19 Aug, Sat. A raw and intimate showcase, singer-songwriter Ken Loh tells stories and performs songs off his upcoming EP Songs About Them, as well as songs that have deeply influenced his EP.
Dawn Ho & ASTRAL + CO. 19 Aug, Sat. Dawn Ho, a jazz, bossa nova and samba vocalist hailing from Singapore, began her informal training in singing at the age of eight with The Amazing Grace Presbyterian church choir. Her vocal timbre makes her a natural in jazz and bossa nova, and her style has been described as sophisticated and vibrant with a tinge of sexiness.
Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre. 20 Aug, Sun. S.P.O.T celebrates the works of Singapore composers.
LOCAL TIDBEATS by SHISHA. 20 Aug, Sun. Enjoy the evening with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Shamroz Khan and vocalist Sivaranjini Das, together known as SHISHA.
Glen Wee. 21 Aug, Mon. Glen Wee first saw his music career take flight when he joined and made it to top four of the nationwide singing competition The Final 1.
Lincoln Lim. 22 Aug, Tue - 23 Aug, Wed (Featuring Benjamin Jacob & Shak'thiya Subramaniamm). Lincoln Lim recently released his very first single Her and is currently recording his second with plans to release a full-length EP by mid-2018.
Umar Sirhan. 24 Aug, Thu. At the age of just 19, Umar Sirhan is one of the youngest upcoming artists in the Singapore music scene. He is best known for his soulful vocals and his expressive guitar playing. His influences include John Mayer, John Legend, Ray LaMontagne and James Morrison.
Kevin Loh. 25 Aug, Fri. Loh returns to the Esplanade Concourse for his 10th year in music, and shares with us more music on the classical guitar. He presents classic Singapore tunes specially arranged for the guitar as we celebrate our National Day this August!
NELSON. 25 Aug, Fri. Singer-Songwriter NELSON, aka “Bird”, plays bass for Singapore indie bands In Each Hand A Cutlass , Tujuhband and features for Kevin Mathews & The Groovy People. As a solo artist, he has released three Chinese albums, two English albums and his latest single Clover was recently released on 4 July 2017.
Tujuhband. 25 Aug, Fri. Tujuhband performed at the Singapore Expo, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, as well as opening for Indonesian band Ungu when they held their first-ever concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 24 Apr 2010.
Leslie Low. 26 Aug, Sat. Leslie Low writes songs, sings and plays guitar. He just released two demo albums, Currents and To my shadow, together with two new albums that were recorded live, Nature and Child of the Island.
Ronald Goh. 27 Aug, Sun. Ronald Goh is a funk-soul singer-songwriter with a knack for penning groovy hooks, melodic rhymes and introspective lyrics. Inspired by R&B, jazz and folk-pop music, Goh aspires to create a soundscape of emotions with an emphasis on feel-good tunes and the occasional confessional ballad.
Sugie and Vanessa. 27 Aug, Sun. Sugie and Vanessa presents wonderful songs from pop culture and musical theatre that you might have heard but never expected to have been made in Singapore.
Joyce x Kelly Raphaelle. With Kelly's ethereal vocals and Joyce's down-to-earth songwriting style they channel their similar experiences into music and in spite of differences in their personalities, they find common ground during songwriting sessions and performances.
Anthem of Hearts. 29 Aug, Tue. Since its sounding in 2008 by Ganesh Murusamy, the band (then known as Sharnaz) has grown from a small acoustic band trio to a 13-member musical experience amalgamating the various talents of band members. With musical influences from the hindustanic, carnatic, jazz, Middle Eastern and rock, the band produces and reproduces popular songs.
Lorraine Tan. 30 Aug, Wed. Lorraine Tan performs her original songs, sharing the stories behind each of her compositions and her journey as a singer, songwriter, performer and educator. Enjoy an evening of romantic, heartwarming and patriotic songs with Tan and her talented team of Singapore musicians choir. She is accompanied by Dr SM Yuen (piano), Rizal Sanip (percussion) and Daniel Chai (guitar).
OpusNovus. 31 Aug, Thu. OpusNovus, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory's new music ensemble, presents a selection of works by Singapore student composers.
Ramona. 31 Aug, Thu. Ramona is a German-Slovenian singer and songwriter. Since early 2015, she has been part of big music productions, performing along with world-famous singer/actor James Edward Robert Sampson from the group The Platters across Asia. After working on various music projects in London, Brazil and Indonesia, she moved back to Singapore where she had the opportunity to sing along Singapore's most-known names in the music industry. She is currently working on releasing her album.

 

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