Saturday, September 03, 2016

Esplanade's Annexe Sessions

Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay has created a brand new performance space from a defunct dance club. Now called the Annexe, the studio's finally got the minimalist warehouse vibe down pat. Club-like, if you must, without the fancy fittings or fixed tables and chairs. Standing room only for now. The high ceilings didn't let the sound run amok. It's pretty controlled. Fix your amps right, get a brilliant sound engineer, and you're sorted.

A timely new studio. Drinks were allowed! Not too bad selections too. Wooohooo. We need more than current spaces at the Substation, Goodman Arts Center and Aliwal Arts Center. We lack sufficient mid-size non-pristine edgier venues for various gigs and art performances.

Chok Kerong Organ Trio took the stage on the first night of the launch weekend in the first series of performances billed 'Annexe Sessions'. Hopped in for an soothing hour of jazz with Kerong on the organ, Andrew Lim on guitar and Soh Wen Ming on drums. The trio performs at Tokyo Jazz Festival this weekend. I rarely get a chance to hear them, and it was a treat.

The second night saw In Each Hand A Cutlass up the volume on the amps to rock out the studio in their Singapore shows of 'The Kraken Tour'. People bought tickets and turned up for this 11pm show. Awesome lah. The band heads to BIGSOUND in Brisbane next week, then Concrete & Grass in Shanghai. Good going lads and lass!

I can't be more stoked that the months (likely years) of combined efforts by Esplanade and the National Arts Council (NAC), and the artists themselves, are seeing fruition. Go fly our Singapore flag high and loud! Have fun all! I'm so proud of all of you for chasing your dreams and making them come true.

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