SIFA 2018: 5 music acts you shouldn't miss

SIFA 2018: 5 music acts you shouldn't miss

New direction

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Matin Latif,
Brandon Tay

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. 


4 May, 8pm & 10pm at Chamber, Festival House.

2. Anticipation of One
By SA x NADA x Brandon Tay

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.


4 May, 9pm and 5 May, 10pm at Play Den, Festival House.

By Ferry

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. 

10 to 12 May, 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Play Den, Festival House.

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.

28 April, 10.30pm at Empress Lawn.

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.

29 April, 8.15pm at Empress Lawn.

Singapore International Festival of Arts runs from 26 April to 12 May.
Find out more about SIFA 2018.