SIMON KONG : Fusionist composer, Chinese orchestral music

“In my family there were no musical people. Nobody knew that music could do anything for our lives.”
Simon Kong has won international awards for his fusion work. He has transcribed scores for the national orchestras of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. UK percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has performed his work in Taiwan and in England.

Trust and Humanity | Gordon Pan’s guitars for Hillary Ang and Sonny Bahari

Surprisingly, these stories haven’t turned out to be about wood, paint, varnish and electronics. Professional musicians give Gordon their guitars, or he works with them to make something new. The guitar is the way through which they express what they have to say to the world. Not wood and varnish; trust and humanity.

Chinese painting of happy, musical tadpoles and frogs Teo Seng Chong

TEO SENG CHONG | The man who brought the Chinese orchestra to Sabah

[SabahSongs thanks Yap Keng Vui for translating all the conversations with Teo Seng Chong in this post.] Related story Shanghai…

Pandemonium as Momain Blues rocks Sabah Golf & Country Club

Stairway to Heaven [Led Zeppelin], Smoke on the Water [Deep Purple], and then Sonny Bahari was trying to end the set, but the crowd kept shouting, “One more! One more!” I even heard, “One bottle of whisky for you! Play more!” Sonny appeased them with a promise to be back soon, and wound everyone down with the beautiful Still Got The Blues [Gary Moore].

Johnny Rodgers Band | boys from New York City

There’s something a little adolescent about being in a band. It’s like four boys who get together and argue and act like a really bad family. But then the music comes out and it’s a little bit different, it has a little something that it wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s always like that. When I go to hear bands, a lot of times I can tell whether it’s really a band or not. They could be the greatest players in the world, but they may not be a band. There’s a big difference. Joe Ravo, guitarist.

Sunset Symphony: Music in a Kudat paradise

KUDAT. This is the place where my great-grandparents first arrived in Sabah. It was the 1880s, and they were on one of the first three boats of Hakka Chinese Basel Christian families, brought over when the British needed labourers to clear the land. Today, we came to hear the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra play their sunset symphony at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, in the Kudat peninsula which is the Northern most tip of Borneo.

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Christmas Day, an awesomely lazy day with my beloved family finally together in Brisbane after being…

I needed to share my knowledge and serve my Sabahan people | Resot Iggau, Head of Music, UMS

When we talk about exposure to music, KL is very good. But if we are talking about wanting to build a career long-term, I needed to come back to Sabah, I needed to share my knowledge and experience and serve my Sabahan people. Andrew Poninting also felt like that. We feel we have to share, because we are from here. We know what the level [of music knowledge] is like here. There was no college of music in Sabah, before the Music Programme in UMS.