2015年10月刊物

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To Create Music That Engages All Levels Of Thought
念, pronounced as “Nen” in Japanese, is an extremely versatile character. It can either refer to thought or to speech. By adding the appropriate character in front, all levels of thought can be expressed, from the most basic, to the metaphysical, to the spiritual. When we sincerely make or listen to music, we engage all types of Nen.

It was with this goal to create music that engages all thought levels, that Nen was formed in 2013. Its 3 founding members Patrick Ngo Lik Tze, Johnny Chia Cam Meng and Darrel Xin Zonghua (All currently Principal Study lecturers in SRMC) are old friends with a shared passion for music making. Patrick plays the yangqin and percussion, Darrel plays the erhu, guitars and harmonica, and Johnny plays guzheng, recorder and pianica. All their music is originally composed by the group.

Nen gave its debut performance in August 2014. “We were approached by local esteemed Indian classical dancer Priyalatha Naidu to set 3 Song-era poems to music, to be performed to her dancing. It was quite an interesting experience, to merge two seemingly unrelated art forms together!” Patrick recalls.

Another notable performance was with sand-artist Lawrence Koh. Lawrence did a piece about the history of Singapore, from its humble beginnings as a fishing village to the modern metropolis it is now. Nen had to come up with music reflecting different ethnic groups and different time periods. Johnny laughs, “It was a very challenging creative process, but I think in the end we pulled it off!”

“I think Nen has a very open nature.” Darrel remarked. “The fact being that no man is an island, we believe in collaboration with other artists when the music needs it. That is why our pieces frequently feature guest players on different instruments. We don’t see ourselves as a “separate” group in the sense that we perform everything ourselves all of the time. We realise that we are a part of the big picture, part of the musical family in Singapore and the world, which is why we often encourage and seek collaboration.”

Patrick continues, “Our current project is our upcoming debut album. Being a group for a year, we really hope to consolidate most of what we created into an album. Sort of like a state-of-Nen address, like this is where we are now musically, you know? The 3 of us have different musical influences and this comes across in our compositions. Aside from the 3 Song-era poems, which will be featured in the album, there is a piece with a distinctly Arabian flair about it; another brings to mind the lovely melodies of English and Irish folk music. The moody sounds of Spaghetti Western movie soundtracks are prominent in one piece, and yet another has an Asian Blues vibe. In short, we hope to bring to our listeners a big buffet table of music, and after listening to the many different flavours of music, perhaps they will leave with an even greater understanding of the oft-repeated truth that music has no boundaries. Stay tuned for the album’s release!”

Nen can be contacted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicwithnen. A selection of their works can be heard on their Facebook page or on Soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/musicwithnen

 

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