The core ensemble of the company, The TENG Ensemble, has been in the Singapore music scene since 2009. Their music has brought them to cities such as Shanghai, Seoul, Manila, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
They have also produced 14 stylised videos of their pieces, and have accumulatively received close to 2 million views, 32,000 likes, 28,000 shares and 3,000 positive comments by people from the world over. One of the videos, The Little White Boat, was also shared by Singapore’s Prime Minister on Facebook.
They have been featured on Singaporean and overseas media such as The Straits Time, Lianhe Zaobao, Channel NewsAsia, Time Out, Art Republik, Capital 958, UFM1003, BFM 89.9, NTV7, Melody FM, Sin Chew Daily, Oriental Daily News, Prestige, The Peak, Malaysian Tatler, Hong Kong Economic Times and Apple Daily.
By merging popular styles with classical techniques, as well as sounds commonly heard in the present with those in the past, The TENG Ensemble’s music is also able to introduce people who do not usually listen to Chinese instrumental music to the Chinese instruments themselves.
Appealing to an audience beyond the concert hall and the circle of Chinese music enthusiasts, the ensemble’s music connects with a diversity of people, selling out concerts at the Esplanade, including one directed by Singapore’s theatre icon Glen Goei.
We have four core groups championing this cause:
The critically acclaimed TENG Ensemble bridges the traditional and contemporary with the use of technology. Their works take inspiration from Singapore’s heritage and are presented in a way that is accessible and representative of Singaporean culture and a Southeast Asian musical language.
The Pipa Quartet, founded by artistic director and award-winning pipa player Dr Samuel Wong, is the first electronic pipa quartet in the world. The quartet is cutting edge and experimental, and is the recipient of the 2013 National Arts Council Creation Grant for its invention of the electro-acoustic pipa.
The QI Ensemble is young, invigorating and exuberant, presenting popular works in a style that is both playful and dynamic.