“What’s Next?” in Asian Creative Music

Jan Karlin — What's Next?

yQj%4s3qSFK21tyKZGeS8Q Composer Kee Yong Chong introduces us to delicious Singapore with lunch at the Albert Hawker Center:  (L to R) Char Kway Teow, savory Carrot Cake and Laksa

One of the joys of travel is meeting new people, especially when we share friends in common. Before arriving in Vietnam to begin our 2019 concerts with the Hanoi New Music Ensemble, my husband Jeff and I decided to visit Singapore and Thailand to meet some of their composers and contemporary music leaders. I am pleased to report that creativity in Asian contemporary music is thriving and exciting.

With introductions from our Vietnamese colleagues, Facebook and emails facilitated quick connections. Luckily musicians love to eat, so our conversations also included local food as well as introductions to music and cultural institutions. Our trip began in Singapore, a city of the future with a thriving arts scene.

Pictured above is composer Kee Yong Chong…

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