Singapore International Festival of Arts returns from 26 April to 12 May, headed by new festival director Gaurav Kripalani
1. Temporal By Intriguant + Flex
See the Old Parliament House transformed thanks to producer/DJ Intriguant and visual and projection honchos Flex. An audiovisual showcase that will feature new music from Intriguant coupled with lighting design by Flex, you'll get a textural soundscape of the DJ's influences from hip-hop, soul and electronica as well.
Traditional Chinese band SA, electronic musician and artist pair NADA and audiovisual performer Brandon Tay come together to explore the convergence of multiple selves. SA's original soundscapes reinvent the approach to Chinese musical instruments, while NADA's revival of Southeast Asian music is an evolution from their work at Club Malam as part of SIFA 2016, where they celebrated the local Malay pop music scene of the '60s.
Local muso Ferry is no stranger to collaborations with the tech world — we last saw her and Canvas Conversations come together at Esplanade in November with a visual and sound presentation. This time, the Giants Must Fall lead (real name: Jean Low) is teaming up with Rong Zhao for a suspended projection screen and a "Kave" floor, where platforms equipped with tactile sound transducers transmit sound frequencies into physical vibrations when you come into contact.
4. Sultan of the Disco Love Nile Rodgers and old school Michael Jackson of Jackson 5? Then you'll love Sultan of the Disco. Bringing back the soul, funk and disco in an authentically Korean identity, the five-piece Sultan of the Disco returns to Singapore. They were last here at Music Matters 2014, and have since gone on to perform in iconic festivals such as Glastonbury (twice!) and Summer Sonic.
5. bohemianvoodoo Performing jazz for the next generation, this four-man band from Japan is touring Singapore after the release of their album, Echoes, last June. The instrumental jazz act's record comes two and a half years since their last, Aromatic, which featured the band's signature jazz-pop and bossa beats.