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Esplanade presents new music series SoAsia


Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay announced today (16 Aug 2004) the launch of a new music series, SoAsia, which kicks off Thursday August 19.

The series will be held at Esplanade’s Recital Studio, in an intimate setting to encourage and enhance interaction between artists and audiences.

SoAsia, short for Sounds of Asia, showcases the diversity of contemporary Asian music through the unique fusion of ethnic harmonies and modern rhythms.

Said Belinda Choi, SoAsia’s Programming Officer, "As music audiences mature, they are able to better appreciate and enjoy diverse forms of music. Esplanade is offering a sonic journey through the world's most complex region, and in presenting SoAsia, hopes to reflect the verve and spirit of contemporary Asian music today, and to expand cultural palates for an even wider audience."

SoAsia launches with Yat-Kha, a bone-shaking, electrifying band from one of the most remote parts of the planet – the Tuva Republic in Southern Siberia. Critically acclaimed, Yat-Kha has won awards such as Best Artist - Asia Pacific in the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, the Brian Eno Special Prize at the Voices of Asia festival in Khazhakstan, and the Grand Jury Prize from Radio France International's Rock and Pop in the East.

Yat-Kha’s unique sound stems from its extraordinary blend of traditional "Khoomei" throat singing (vocal technique which allows the singer to hold more than one note simultaneously) and modern rock and punk.

The diversity of the SoAsia series will be reflected in its eclectic line-up of shows. The inaugural performance with Yat-Kha this month – a rock concert - gives way to Deva Premal & Miten, a meditation music performance in November, combining ancient mantras, rich harmonies and sensual rhythms for a truly transcendental tapestry of sound.

Tickets for Yat-Kha are on sale now at Esplanade’s Box Office at Mezzanine level (Tel: +65-6828-8377), Esplanade’s website at, and all SISTIC’s authorized agents. (Tel: +65 6348 5555).

Content Contributor: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay 16 Aug 2004


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