Note for Note is a tête-à-tête between a musician and a poet. Collaborating both in form and content, these artists will take to the stage to perform original works. Much like successful fusion cuisine, there is a natural harmony between the rhythms of poetry and music. Musicians bring their own eclectic genres to the poet's table, resulting in a tasting palette that is rich with intertwined layers of meaning. This edition is the first of three in 2018, and will feature poets Theophilus Kwek, Charlene Shepherdson and Marc Nair. They will be paired with musicians Joses Ho, Daniel Tan and Yvonne Teo.
Poet & Musician Pairings
Theophilus Kwek & Yvonne Teo
Charlene Shepherdson & Joses Ho
Marc Nair & Daniel Tan
Photos of Charlene Shepherdson and Theophilus Kwek: Copyright Jon Gresham. All rights reserved.
Photo of Marc Nair: Courtesy of National Arts Council
This programme is part of Textures – a weekend with words.
Textures celebrates the power and beauty of words. It invites audiences to experience and appreciate how words give us the ability to express ourselves as well as give meaning to our lives and the world. With its profound ability to connect and unite, words breathe life into the vast breadth of human thought and feeling, whether spoken or written.
In this weekend of words, we also celebrate Singapore literature and the people who have contributed to it. From mastering the craft to those building a community of writers and readers, they are all part of weaving and strengthening the fabric of our literary landscape.
About the Poets
Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award. He has published seven volumes of poetry and has performed spoken word internationally for over ten years. His latest collection is Intersection, a poetic and visual architecture of space and memory created together with artist Nicola Anthony. Nair was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is also the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. www.marcnair.com | www.mackerel.life
Charlene Shepherdson’s work includes interactive narratives, visual poetry, and the intersection where environment, heritage and education meet. She uses language in written, performative and visual forms to bridge communities and empower voices. She is one-third of the spacer.gif collective, which runs Singapore’s oldest interdisciplinary open mic, destination:INK. Her writing has appeared in anthologies in Singapore and the Philippines, including From Walden to Woodlands and A Luxury We Cannot Afford.
Theophilus Kwek has published five volumes of poetry, most recently The First Five Storms (2017), which won the New Poets' Prize and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. He has also won the Berfrois Poetry Prize and the Jane Martin Prize, and was placed Second in the Stephen Spender Prize for translation in 2016. Formerly President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, he now serves as co-editor of two independent literary journals, Oxford Poetry and The Kindling. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The London Magazine, The Irish Examiner, The Philosophical Salon, and the Asia Literary Review.
About the Musicians
Daniel Tan is a social media savant by day and a guitar maestro by every other time. He has been playing guitar and composing music for nearly 20 years, and is most comfortable behind guitars of the 8-string kind.
Joses Ho first learned the guitar in the final year of his national service. Since then, he has sporadically been seen at open mics in the U.S, U.K, and Singapore. He doesn't describe himself as a singer-songwriter. In the day, he writes poetry. At night, he does science and scrapes data from the internet.
Yvonne Teo is a composer and pianist based in Singapore. Specialising in music for media, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in 2015, and has written for various local ensembles such as the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Ding Yi Music Company and Ensemble de la Belle Musique.