Malaysian baroque ensemble readies a live performance in historic church in Melaka

Kuala Lumpur-based Early Music (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque interval) ensemble Depraved Music Folks (WMP) is all set for its first tour go to to Melaka.

The 80-minute lecture-recital The Winds Of Time, performed by British-based gambist Ibrahim Aziz (who’s additionally one in all WMP’s founding members), will happen on the historic St Francis Xavier’s Church alongside Jalan Banda Kaba on Dec 14.

The Winds of Time charts the event of European music from the tip of the Renaissance within the latter half of the 16th century to the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“The programme explores how music modified in accordance with developments in style, tastes, social operate (from dance to courtroom and live performance music), and even in devices and normal musical understanding, ” says WMP’s co-managing accomplice U-En Ng in a current interview.

The lecture-recital options Ibrahim, Ng, Lee Hai Lin, Kenneth Lim, Azizi Azman and Tina Vinson. The church, inbuilt 1849, makes for an ideal venue to host such a efficiency of Early Music.

This isn’t the primary time the KL-born Ibrahim, touted to be one of many main viol (a string instrument) gamers of his technology, has collaborated with the WMP.

Amongst others, he performed and music directed Baroque & Roll ultimately 12 months’s George City Pageant with WMP and performed with the group once more early this 12 months at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas for The Viola Da Gamba & Its Music present.

For The Winds Of Time, the ensemble will play works by comparatively obscure composers reminiscent of Innocenti Alberti and Thomas Tomkins proper to well-known baroque composers reminiscent of Henry Purcell and Antonio Vivaldi, all the best way to Mozart. They are going to be taking part in seven works in whole together with Purcell’s Suite In G and Vivaldi’s Concerto For Strings.

To maintain issues as near the time interval as potential, the historically-informed music can be carried out on baroque violins, violas da gamba, double bass and Malaysia’s very first crowd-funded and regionally constructed harpsichord. There can be a devoted session for musicians to look at these uncommon devices up shut on the finish of the live performance.

“These devices aren’t able to producing the projection and quantity of recent violins, cello or pianos. However on the identical time they’re able to extremely delicate variations of color, texture and articulation which might be tough – if not not possible – to realize on fashionable devices.

“This opens up new soundscapes to our fashionable ears, and creates new prospects for the way we are able to specific the identical set of musical notes, ” explains Ng, 44.

Lee, 37, who’s additionally the group’s co-managing accomplice, mentions there’s a must broaden the enchantment of baroque music in Malaysia.

“The style is unquestionably not as developed on this area as it’s within the West, and even international locations reminiscent of Japan or our neighbours in Singapore,” she says.

In truth, this is without doubt one of the most important the explanation why WMP was based in KL in 2016.

“One of many core aims of Depraved Music Folks is to share and develop a deeper understanding for this music in Malaysia, which is why we proceed to do outreach programmes at faculties and universities, and collaborate with different teams to stage baroque music appreciation classes, ” she notes.

WMP has hosted greater than 25 occasions thus far in KL and Penang. The work has included music live shows, outreach classes and workshops.

The group’s common hang-out is the Depraved Pancake Parlour proper above the Yellow Brick Highway cafe in Damansara Heights, KL.

“We consider very strongly in bringing performances out of the live performance corridor and into much less orthodox areas reminiscent of cafes and warehouses, ” says Ng.

The Winds Of Time is supported by Melaka Classics, the Melaka Tourism Board and Metropolis Music Melaka.

The Winds Of Time Melaka is on at St Francis Xavier’s Church, Jalan Banda Kaba, Bandar Hilir in Melaka on Dec 14. Showtime: 8pm. Entry donation: RM30. For bookings, contact 011-1639 1641 (Melaka Classics) or e-mail The group may also be performing The Winds Of Time and a second lecture-recital known as Candy Harmonies in KL on Dec 15 and Dec 22 respectively at Yellow Brick Highway cafe. FB: The Winds Of Time.

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