Friday, 21 March 2014

BASSically performs Weill's Youkali Tango



BASSically, a double bass ensemble based in Singapore, performs Kurt Weill's Youkali Tango, arranged by Ben Faes for double bass trio. This is the link to the Youtube video: http://youtu.be/C7orGm9XZE4
Dance to Tango!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Senior Recital: Double Bass

"A culmination of their four-year undergraduate programme, the Conservatory students present their graduating recitals in the Senior Recital Series". This is a special opportunity to listen to two double bass recitals right here in Singapore.

28 Apr 2014 (Mon)
Conservatory Concert Hall
Free Admission

7.00 p.m.: Nuttaphon Lerswanuswong
8.00 p.m.: Wang Mengya

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Bass Line 2014

Presented by students of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Bass Line, is here again. Enjoy an evening of music played on the double bass.

Bass Line
5 Apr 2014 (Sat)
7.30 p.m.
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Conservatory Orchestra Hall (3rd level)
Free admission

Source: http://music.nus.edu.sg/event_details.html?EventID=1547&Year=YearFilter=2014&TypeFilter=&MonthFilter=4

Friday, 17 January 2014

Double Bass recitals

Soon it will be the time of the year when students from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music presents their recital. The Junior Recitals are presented at the end of the third year of study by students in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music's undergraduate programme.

Listen to a double bass junior recital on 5 Mar 2014.

6.30 p.m.: Tsai Hsin-Yu

Junior Recital: Lower Strings
5 Mar 2014 (Wed)
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Conservatory Concert Hall
Free admission

Source: http://music.nus.edu.sg/event_details.html?EventID=1562&Year=YearFilter=2014&TypeFilter=&MonthFilter=3

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Eric Larson Double Bass Masterclass

As part of the Visiting Artist Series, Eric Larson, who has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 1999, will be conducting a masterclass for orchestral excerpts with students of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Admission is free for observers of the double bass master-class.

Eric Larson Double Bass Masterclass
17 Jan 2014 (Fri)
3.00 p.m.
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Conservatory Orchestra Hall (3rd level)
Free Admission

Sunday, 5 January 2014

A double bass trio performing in Miniatures



By ExxonMobil Campus Concerts
15 Jan 2014 (Wed)
8.00 p.m.
Free admission: Tickets are available at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis 1 hour before showtime. The audience capacity for UCC Theatre is 400.

Yang Xun, Cheng Pei Yun and company will be performing Kurt Weill's Joukela Tango (Youkali Tango) (arranged by Ben Faes for double bass trio) in an upcoming chamber music concert, Miniatures, sponsored by ExxonMobil Campus Concerts and presented by NUS Symphony Orchestra. This will be one of the special occasions to listen to a double bass trio perform live in Singapore.

The double bass ensemble names itself BASSically. Based in Singapore, BASSically's vision is to inspire all music lovers in Singapore to experience and appreciate the versatility of the double bass.

Various ensembles from the NUS Symphony Orchestra will also be featured during Miniatures. Expect yourself to be treated to an array of short performances by strings quartet, wind quintet, percussion ensemble and more.

See you there!


Saturday, 4 January 2014

Joukela Tango for double bass trio

Arranged for three double basses by Ben Faes, Joukela Tango is based on an incidental music, Tango-Habanera, composed by Kurt Julian Weill (1900 - 1950) in 1934 for the play Marie Galante. The play was written by novelist and playwright, Jacques Deval. Despite the immediate popularity of some of its songs, the play itself was poorly received.

Subsequently, Tango-Habanera was set to the lyrics by Roger Fernay and the resultant song was issued by Heugel, Weill’s publisher in Paris, as Youkali in 1946.

Update, Feb 2014: BASSically has contacted and consulted Ben Faes. Please be informed that the title of the arrangement was intended to be Youkali Tango.

***
Youkali
Tango Habanera
Text: Roger Fernay
Music: Kurt Weill

C'est presqu'au bout du monde,
Ma barque vagabonde, 
Errant augré du l'onde,
M'y conduisit un jour.

L'ile est toute petite,
Mais la feé qui l'habite
Gentiment nous invite
A en faire le tour.

Youkali,
C'est le pays de nos désirs,
Youkali,
C'est le bonheur,
C'est le plaisir.

Youkali,
C'est la terre où l'on
Quitte tous les soucis,
C'est dans notre nuit,
Comme une éclaircie,
L'étoile qu'on suit,
C'est Youkali!

Youkali, 
C'est le respect
De tous les Voeux échangés,
Youkali,C'est le pays
Des beaux amours partagés,
C'est l'espérance
Qui est au coeur de tous les humains,
La délivrance
Que nous attendons tous pour demain,

Youkali,
C'est le pays de nos désirs,
Youkali,
C'est le bonheur
C'est le plaisir
Mais c'est un rêve, une folie,
Il n'y a pas de Youkali!

[Et la vie nous entrâine,
Lassante, quotidiene,
Mais la pauvre âme humaine,
Cherchant partout l'oubli,]

A pour quitter la terre,
Su trouver le mystère
Où no rêves se terrent
En quelque Youkali.

Youkali,
C'est le pays de nos désirs,
Youkali,C'est le bonheur,
C'est le plaisir,

Youkali,
C'est la terre où l'on
Quitte tous les soucis,
C'est dans notre nuit,
Comme une éclaircie,
L'étoile qu'on suit,
C'est Youkali!