Friday, August 30, 2013

NSO Wind Ensemble in Bukit Mertajam and Penang

Date, Time, Venue: 24 Aug 2013, 5-6pm Workshop + 8-9pm Concert at 
Jit Sin Independent High
School, Bukit Mertajam, Penang. 

Date, Time, Venue: 25 Aug 2013, 930-1030 am Concert + 11-12noon Workshop at Penang Chinese Girls Primary School 


The MNSO Wind ensemble has it's begining as an Wind Octet back in 1986 formed by the wind players of the then OSM (Orkestra Simfoni Muda) a training orchestra precursor to the present NSO.
Today the ensemble takes a freer form, from trios, quartets to large ensembles even sometimes incorporating strings and other instruments.
When The NSO was formally launched in 1993, the ensemble took an active role in introducing the orchestra to the public by performing regularly in informal foyer concerts before the main perfomance and was also featured prominently in a few of the NSO's main concerts. It was also involve in some of the NSO's outreach programmes.
The ensemble has also participated in masterclasses with the Albion Ensemble and the Schubert Ensemble.

Program for "A little Musical Offering"
Joseph Haydn, arr. Perry - Divertimento No.1 in B flat major, Hob.II:46
Nino Rota - Piccola Offerta Musicale
Luciano Berio - Opus Number Zoo
Jacques Ibert - Trois Pieces Breves
Joe Hisaishi, arr. Maruyama - Studio Ghibli Medley

Flute - Foo Chie Haur
Oboe  - Howard Ng Su Chee
Clarinet - Lawrence Fong Yee Seong
Bassoon - Midori Suzuki
French Horn - Heng Zhi Wen

A Brief Program Notes

Joseph Haydn, arr. Harold Perry - Divertimento No.1 in B flat major, Hob.II:46
1.     Allegro con spirito
2.     Andante quasi Allegretto
3.     Menuetto
4.     Rondo: Allegretto

The “Divertimento in B flat major, Hob II-46” is a part of “6 Feld Partiten” (compositions designed for outdoor performances in the divertimento style) by Joseph Haydn, which are said to have been composed around 1780. The original work was written for 2 Oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons in the popular court entertainment style of the late 18th century, i.e. harmoniemusik. The second movement of the piece, with the title “Chorale St. Antoni” is written with a theme borrowed from a traditional hymn. The third and fourth movement are the variations of the theme.

Nino Rota - Petite Offrande Musicale
Throughout his life Nino Rota composed not only for the silver screen but also orchestral, chamber and choral music. The “Petite Offrande Musicale (Little Musical Offering) was written under the influence of Alfredo Casella, the dedicatee of this work as well as teacher of the young Rota. French elements could be traced through the title and the structure of the piece. It is a beautiful example of Nino Rota’s vast and varied output throughout his incredible career.

Luciana Berio – Opus Number Zoo
In 1951, having recently graduated from the conservatory in Milan, Luciano Berio wrote “Opus Number Zoo” for wind quintet. He combined music and theater in this piece with the use of poems by Rhoda Levine as text. Despite subtitled a “children’s play”, the poems hint of darkness. Berio depicted animal characters often associated with stories for children such as foxes, chicken, mice, and cats; but behind the obvious it illustrates violence, the horror of war, and death. The piece is made out of movements titled “Barn Dance”, “The Fawn”, “The Grey Mouse” and “Tom Cats”.

Jacques Ibert - Trois pièces brèves
The “Trois pièces brèves” (Three Short Pieces), is one of Jacques Ibert’s most frequently performed works. Written in 1930,  it was clearly meant for the purpose of pure entertainment. Like many of his other compositions, it is light hearted, witty, and iconic of his composition style; a style most often associated with the domination of elegant virtuosity.

Joe Hisaishi, arr.  Kazunori Maruyama - Studio Ghibli Medley
The “Studio Ghibli Medley”, arranged for wind quintet in four separate movements will consist of music from the following films: “Laputa: Castle In The Sky”, “Princess Mononoke”, “Kiki's Delivery Service” and “Howl's Moving Castle”.  We hope this lighthearted end to the program will leave you with much joy.


Flute - Foo Chie Haur
Foo Chie Haur is currently principal flutist with National Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with Trevor Wye, Hristo Dobrinov and Yukako Yamamoto. His musical endeavors has brought him to WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra in Singapore, Canton International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou, as well as tours to major Asian cities with Asian Youth Orchestra. He has also performed with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Macau Orchestra. He also involved with Dama Orchestra where he had the chance to perform in various local theatre productions. Besides holding Fellowship (FTCL) Recital Diploma of Trinity Guildhall, Chie Haur also holds a Bachelor Degree in Science.

Oboe - Howard Ng Su Chee
A native of Kota Kinabalu and a graduate of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Singapore, Howard Ng Su Chee is currently principal oboist of NSO. As an orchestral musician Howard has performed with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Asian Youth Orchestra in 2010 and 2012, Singapore Festival Youth Orchestra, Orchestra of Music Makers Singapore and Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, where he was also a pioneering member. In the past Howard has appeared as soloist with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Clarinet - LAWRENCE Fong Yee Seong
Lawrence Fong Yee Seong is currently co-principal clarinetist of NSO. Before his appointment with NSO in 1997, he was principal clarinetist of KL City Hall Orchestra from 1994-1997, and performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto and Weber’s clarinet concertino whilst there. Lawrence has also performed with ensembles such as P.J. Youth Symphonic Band (1993 and 1997 International Musicale in Shizuoka, Japan), Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, and Orchestra Internazionale D’Italia among others. With NSO, he has performed in tours of Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo and Osaka. Since 2009, Lawrence is also a regular member of High Winds Ensemble.

French Horn - Heng Zhi Wen
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Heng Zhi Wen started playing French horn at the age of 14. Upon graduation from the University College Sedaya International (UCSI), Zhi Wen was appointed as Assistant Principal French horn player of NSO. She is also founding a member of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. As a student, she took lessons and masterclasses under a few teachers; they are Lin Jiang, James Schumacker, Vyacheslav Kim, Ludwig Rast, Simon de Souza, Angela Barnes, Hervé Joulain, Zlost Peter, Peter Davida and Sabina Pade.

Bassoon - Midori Suzuki
Midori Suzuki is currently bassoonist with NSO. She was long acquainted with this orchestra as a guest bassoonist since 1999 before becoming a full time musician of the orchestra in 2009. She is also actively involved in teaching and performing around Kuala Lumpur city. Before Midori settled down in Malaysia, she was selected to join Asian Youth Orchestra, invited by Pusan Symphony Orchestra to Korea, and performed regularly in Japan as soloist and chamber musician. She won 3rd prize in Chamber Music Competition organized by JILA (International Art Association) in Tokyo, Japan. Midori studied bassoon with Myashita Masahiko, Minakawa Shigeko, and Okazaki Kouji who were principal bassoonists from major orchestras of Japan.

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19b, Jalan SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia


Contemporary Dance
When Time Limps

Toccata Studio is proud to present an international collaboration contemporary dance 

performance “When Time Limps” choreograph by artist from Hong Kong Rebecca Wong, 
featured 3 innovative dancers including Rebecca Wong herself, Ivanhoe Lam and Cyrus Hui 
with local Malaysian music composer Chor Guan NG.  

There will be two performances of “When Time Limps” on 6 Sep and 7 Sep 2013, 8.30pm at 
Annex Gallery, Centre Market. Besides, They will conduct an improvisation workshop to 
explore human body movements. This workshop is open to public with or without experience in 
dance. This performance also supported by Mydance Alliance, British Council and JKKN 
(Jabatan Kebudayaan Dan Kesenian Negara)in developing new audiences in contemporary 
dance production. 
Together, the team brought us a dance piece inspired by Dali, a prominent Spanish surrealist
painter. This dance piece especially named after Dali’s most famous and most recognizable work 
“The Persistence of Memory” where we sees soft, melting pocket watch. This performance seeks 
relationship between space and time, defines dream and reality, symbolized consciousness and 
unconsciousness. Through body movement and music, this performance brings audiences an 
exciting sensory experience. 

From the choreographer, Rebecca Wong: 
Once encountering with Dali, I was totally attracted by his crazy and legendary life. Reading his 
diary again for the creation of this piece, apart of his showiness, his snobbishness, his insaneness, 
I discovered another Dali – an “absolute passionate and loyal-to-art” Dali, he touched and 
motivated me. I truly believe the magic would be continuously in ferment.  

Improvisation Workshop (With or Without Experience) 
Instructor: Rebecca Wong, Ivanhoe Lam and Cyrus Hui. 
Date        : 4th September  (Wednesday) 
Time       : 2-4pm 
Venue     : Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA), 464 Jalan 
                 Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
Fees        : Rm50/Pax (Reservation needed due to limited seats) 
Contact   :  012-22260278,010-3693713 

Contemporary Dance “When Time Limps” 

Date    : 6th September (Friday), 7th September (Saturday) 
Time   : 8.30pm 
Venue : Annex Gallery,Central Market.   
Tickets:Rm58 (Adult), RM38(Student) 
Contact: 016-3618504, 014-2486248 

Choreographer / Dancer  - Wong Pik Kei, Rebecca (HONG KONG) 
Rebecca graduated from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2010, majoring
in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. She is enthusiastic about choreography and issued
numerous works during her time in HKAPA. She loves to cross over with different media and 
the collaboration works including site specific “Gorgeously Unexpected”, and multimedia 
production “Melaleuca Leucaendra” and “Cycle”. Her works include HKAPA Choreographic 
Workshop I “Journey”, site-specific “Invisible Waves” and graduation independent study 
project “Love at the time limped”. In April 2011, she staged her work, “The Museum of Ladies”, 
under the Real Show Case series of City Contemporary Dance Company, with Georgina LO and 
Juliana HO. She was also selected as one of the choreographers in “Emerging Choreographer 
Series 2009 – Dance x Men” produced by Hong Kong Dance Alliance. Her recent creative works 
include E-side Dance Company “Diving for Needles” - “Move Forward”, DanceArt “Room for 
Conversations”, Hong Kong Arts Center Open Dance “Reformatory”. She has worked with 
different artists over the globe, including MUI Cheuk Yin, Willy TSAO, Raewyn HILL (New 
Zealand) and Jaime REDFERN (Australia). She went to Malaysia, Taiwan and USA and 
exchanged with local dancers that widen her horizons in arts. Always looking for opportunities 
to give tries, she keeps writing her own dance language. 

Dancer - Hui Chun Kit, Cyrus (HONG KONG) 
Cyrus graduated from HKAPA with a concentration in modern dance and choreography. He 
pursued further study at Folkwang University of the Arts, Germany, under the Hong Kong 
Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship. He is currently a freelance choreographer, 
performing artist and dance instructor. He has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Guangzhoug 
and Taiwan, and has been involved in a series of projects including Hong Kong Art Festival 
Contemporary Art Series I “The Last Zoo”, DanceArt “Overdue”, Hong Kong Theatre Design 
Company Ltd “Positioning”, New Force in Motion Series “Here it goes again” and Hong Kong 
Fringe Festival Bare Stage Project 09 “That’s Dance”. 

Dancer  - Lam Chun Ho, Ivanhoe (HONG KONG) 
After graduation from the diploma program of drama school and dance school at HKAPA, 
Ivanhoe continued his studies for a BFA degree at Rotterdam Dance Academy (the Netherlands), 
majoring in Choreography. His creative works staging in Rotterdam, Hague, Utrecht and 
Amsterdam include “Awakening”, a site-specific dance with Denmark visual artist Henrik 
Vibskov “27 Scenes”, “Ashes to Ashes”. “27 Scenes” was well received in ITs Festival in 
Amsterdam 2010 and Hong Kong International Dance Symposium 2010. Recent full-length 
piece “27” was presented in Hong Kong with the original cast from the Netherlands and local
dancers. He established Motion 27 Dance Theatre and currently is a freelance choreographer,
performing artist and tutor for theatre education.  

Composer  - Ng Chor Guan (MALAYSIA) 
Chor Guan is an invigorating music composer for concert, theatre, musical, dance, film and new 
media. He started his career as professional music composer during his years in London. In 2008, 
he was nominated for Cameronian Arts Awards Most Promising Artist. His music for films was
awarded the Grand Prizes in Clemont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France and Artfilm Fest in 
Slovak Republic. In 2010, he was nominated Best Music Composition, 1st Selangor Youth 
Awards and Goethe Institute Scholarship in 2011. In 2012, he was invited to be one of the five 
Asians selected artists who represented Asia in The Playable City Sprint at Bristol, UK and also 
invited to Korea giving a performance at 7th Global RCE Conference organized by UNICEF. He 
was the musical director, theremin player and composer for Live Cinema performances entitled 
“Super Everything” directed by Light Surgeons where they performed in Houston, USA and 
toured UK in March 2013. Ng currently lectures in University Malaya and New Era College. He 
has also produced 11 CD albums of his own music compositions. 

Artists in collaboration 

thank you to all 4 artists Annabelle NG, TAN Eng Huat, Wong Chee Meng and Tang Yeok Khang on their contribution of artworks to be printed as publicity postcards. 

collect your copy now ! bring to the performance and we will provide free postage and free post services! 

Annabelle NG

Tan Eng Huat
Wong Chee Meng

Tang Yeok Khang

Toccata Studio
19b, Jalan SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia


Toccata Studio X JFKL presents : Work-in-Progress in Malaysia MAKOTO NOMURA X NG CHOR GUAN

Toccata Studio x JFKL presents 

Makoto Nomura X Ng Chor Guan 

Work-in-Progress in Malaysia

Makoto Nomura x Ng Chor Guan Work-in-Progress in Malaysia is an attempt of international collaboration of music through experiences of the composer/musician/improviser Makoto Nomura and Malaysian composer/ musician/ theremin player Ng Chor Guan. The collaboration starts from Makoto's recent project Nomura x Hokusai, which created new composition inspired by the world-renown Ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai in 17thcentury. The work paved a way of collaboration between contemporary composer and traditional instrumentalist, in a way both music scenes have never witnessed before.

With partnership with Toccata Studio, the project will create a platform of international collaboration between traditional and contemporary, and musicians and non-musicians.

During their stay from 26th August to 1st September, the troup from Japan will visit universities and music related art spaces such as UiTM, SEGi Collage, ASWARA, FINDARS and so on, bringing back more collaboration to the “Showing” at the end of the stay.

Showing of Work-in-Progress
8.30pm, 30 August 2013 (Friday) 8.30pm, 31 August 2013 (Saturday)

Toccata Studio,
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Minimum donation of RM20
* All donations goes to sustain Toccata Studio, non-profit alternative venue for music,
 and running cost of the project.

Toccata Studio and the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur

Toccata Studio 016-3618504, 014-2486248
The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur,, 03-2284-6228
(8.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri)

Collaborators for the Showing

Makoto Nomura , Direction , Piano, Melodica│Japan
Ng Chor Guan , Direction , Theremin, Piano │ Malaysia
Etsuko Takezawa , Koto │ Japan
Aida Redza , Dance │Malaysia
Siew Wai Kok , Voice │ Malaysia
Yong Yandsen , Saxophone│ Malaysia
Yukihiro Nomura , Videography │ Japan
Kumiko Yabu , Sound Engineer │ Japan

…. and more

Toccata Studio
19b, Jalan SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 

Please browse our youtube website to watch the teaser if you've missed it.

Here is the youtube link:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Toccata Flute Series


Date: 18th  August 2013
Time: 3pm
Venue: Toccata Studio, 19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Admission: minimum donation RM30
Contact: 016-3618504, 014-2486248
FB: Toccata Studio

Flutes:  Carmen Mah, Yong Ching Ting, Khoo Yan Ting, Chai Yem Voon, Foo Chie Haur
Pianist: Misa Yamamoto 

日期:8  18 
时间: 下午 3 时正
地点:Toccata Studio, 19 B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
入场:最低乐捐 30 零吉
面子书:Toccata Studio


Toccata Studio
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

3 doors of horrors - Dance + Music + Short Films (World Premier)

3 doors of horrors - 

Dance + Music + Short Films (World Premier)


JOIN US this 17th August 2013 ... 
at Toccata Studio 19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Dancer: Lim Shin Hui
Theremin: Ng Chor Guan 
Short Films produced by James Lee

We encourage audiences to come in Cheongsam.

Event presented by Toccata Studio
Producer: Tan E-Jan


Toccata Studio
19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Cake Project #8

Kick Start Your Creative Ideas!
Cake of the day, sponsored by Aunty Nancy, yummy!

CAKE PROJECT - a non profit micro funding event that kick start your creative ideas! 

Arts enriched. Be inspired.

Presenter SowYee giving her speech.

Presenter KimLee (Winner of the day) presenting her idea. 

Presenter Zoe Tan telling us her idea.

Guest Performer: Platform 11

Toccata Studio
Toccata Studio, 19B, SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.