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Music Festival 2014




“Case has a moonbeam for a voice; imposing in timbre, opalescent in tone, and always surprising in its sheer force.” - Pitchfork, 2013.“The most potent album of her career” - Pitchfork, 2013. Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her forthcoming release The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, the singer, known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice, charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and loss.

EVENT DATE & VENUE 16 Mar, Sun, 7.30pm (1hr 15mins, no intermission) Esplanade Concert Hall TICKETING INFORMATION $40*, $60**, $80 Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $25*, $45**



The deep grooves of Bassment Syndicate have travelled far and wide to the International Jazz Day Festival, Ambon Jazz Festival, Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival, and Malaysia’s first Hip-Hop Music Festival. The band has opened for Jose James and also performed at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, home of the Malaysian.

EVENT DATE & VENUE 8 Mar, Sat, 7pm, 9pm & 11pm (40 mins each session) Mosaic Music Station (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)




Kurt Rosenwinkel is a modern jazz guitar alchemist who cut his teeth under the tutelage of legendary jazz elders such as Gary Burton, Paul Motian and Joe Henderson, and later became known as one of the leaders of Small’s jazz scene in New York City alongside his longtime musical partner Mark Turner as well as peers like Brad Mehldau and Avishai Cohen.

EVENT DATE & VENUE 7 MAR, FRI, 7.30pm (1hr, no intermission) Mosaic Studio (Recital Studio)

TICKETING INFORMATION $30 Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $20


EVENT DATE & VENUE 16 Mar, Sun, 5.30pm (30 mins) CafĂŠ21Living Room (Esplanade Concourse) Starting out as a YouTube cover artist, the teenaged Samantha Rui recently started creating her own original compositions. Drawing inspiration from her personal experiences, she writes honest, raw and relatable songs that she hopes will soothe, stir, and be enjoyed.



SIMON YONG Best known for his work with progressive rock band Zero Sequence and Shirlyn & The UnXpected, guitarist and songwriting sensation Simon Yong, together with Brandon Khoo, Yazeid Rahman and Joanna Lim, performs tunes from Jeff Beck, and Mike Stern.

EVENT DATE & VENUE 9 Mar, Sun, 7pm & 9pm (40 mins each session) Mosaic Music Station (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)


HELLOGOODBYE Founded in 2001 by singer Forrest Kline, Hellogoodbye released their first full-length, the acclaimed Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006. That album’s single Here (In Your Arms) went platinum in the US and broke the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the wake of the 2006 album’s success, the band performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, as well as at the Reading and Leeds festivals.


EVENT DATE & VENUE 7 Mar, Fri, 7.30pm & 10pm (1hr, no intermission) Mosaic Club (Theatre Studio)



EVENT DATE & VENUE 11 Mar, Tue, 7pm & 9pm (40 mins each session) Mosaic Music Station (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)

An up-and-coming pop and soul artist touted as the “latest hot thing in the scene� by I-S Magazine, Gareth Fernandez and his band are regular features in the Singapore music scene. His debut self-titled EPdue mid-2014-blends upbeat contemporary sounds with a splash of old school sensibility.



BRITTLE BONES Fourteen-year-old singer-songwriter and pianist Chris Jones hails originally from Wales and has since made Singapore his home. Taking up piano at seven, he started writing songs at eight, developing a distinctive sound that saw him being signed by the renowned ATC Management, who manages artists such as Radiohead and Nick Cave.

EVENT DATE & VENUE 16 Mar, Sun, 7.15pm (45 mins) CafĂŠ21Living Room (Esplanade Concourse)


THE BIG PINK “The Big Pink are not interested in making humble music. They’re interested in making a massive sound.” - Pitchfork, 2009. Formed in 2007, The Big Pink’s debut A Brief History of Love on 4AD in 2009 was an epic debut packed with “titanic choruses, huge production, and maxed-out volume [...] designed to explode on the radio” (Pitchfork, 2012) that was declared to be “a modern masterpiece” by The Daily Telegraph. Recorded in the Electric Lady Studios in New York, the album contained eleven stunning tracks set within a sound world that combines melody and beautiful abstract noise. Going on to tour the world for the next few years, The Big Pink took a break to reconvene and start writing new material. This resulted in the release of Future This in 2012, continuing in their vein of anthemic, head-filling electronic rock with an album of “near-constant musical excess” (PopMatters, 2012). The lead single Stay Gold received its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show as the “Hottest Record in the World”. Now, they make their way to Singapore to drop their colossal sound on Mosaic Music Festival 2014.

EVENT DATE & VENUE 14 Mar, Fri, 7.30pm (1hr 10mins, no intermission) Esplanade Concert Hall

TICKETING INFORMATION $40*, $60 Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $25*




Celebrate Tribal Tide’s 20th birthday! It’s all about the pulsating rhythms and hypnotic beats with this fusion ensemble, formed by acclaimed musicians and fellow world music lovers Mohamed Noor, Nantha Kumar, Reggie Perrera, Robert Nalin, Joe Jeyaveeran and the late Edmond Branson.

EVENT DATE & VENUE 7 Mar, Fri, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm & 11pm (40 mins each session) Mosaic Music Station (Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)



EVENT DATE & VENUE 13 MAR, THU, 7.30pm & 9.30pm (1hr, no intermission) Mosaic Studio (Recital Studio)

TICKETING INFORMATION $30 Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $20

Musical soulmates who have bridged the Atlantic gulf between their countries of origin, Cuban pianist and composer Omar Sosa and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu have created a one-of-a-kind musical confluence fuelled by quiet energy and shared genius. First working together in 2006 on Sosa’s live album Promise, they went on tour in Italy two years later. After subsequently collaborating with Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu on a ground breaking jazz trio, they recorded and released their duo album Alma with contributions from Brazil-

ian cellist Jaques Morelenbaum in 2012. Since then, jazz lovers across the U.S have caught on to what aficionados in Europe have relished for years, and have been charmed by the duo’s propulsive performances that display a perfect combination of Sosa’s Afro-Cuban influenced percussive style and Fresu’s understated melodic phrasings that recall the spirit of Miles Davis. Now, the duo makes their way to Singapore with a wellspring of compelling jazz fusion explorations in tow. Japanese tap dancer Kazu Kumagai will join this exposition in a special segment.


SOUL SESSIONS: A DOUBLE BILL WITH VUSI MAHLASELA AND CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES EVENT DATE & VENUE 12 MAR, WED, 7.30pm (Approximately 2 hrs with 20mins intermission) Esplanade Concert Hall

TICKETING INFORMATION $40*, $60**, $80 Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $25*, $45**

Vusi Mahlasela, known simply as “The Voice” in South Africa. Charles Bradley, with his anguished, heartrending howl. Two elder statesmen of folk and soul in one emotionally charged evening of music that crashes straight into the centre of your heart.Vusi Mahlasela returns after his sold-out show at Mosaic Music Festival 2008 with his celebrated, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. After his popular debut on BMG Africa, When You Come Back, Vusi was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994. After world-wide touring and international acclaim, Dave Matthews signed Mahlasela to his own ATO Records label. Mahlasela’s latest album Say Africa, produced by Taj Mahal and recorded at Dave

Matthews’ studio in Charlottesville, VA, captures Vusi’s hope for the future of Africa. Charles Bradley transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs-most famously as a James Brown impersonator in Brooklyn, USA-before being discovered by Daptone’s Gabe Roth. He released his debut No Time For Dreaming and the following year brought one triumph after another: a stunning performance at South By Southwest that earned unanimous raves; gripping appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and Outside Lands; and spots on year-end best lists from Rolling Stone, MOJO, GQ, and more. Bradley’s latest album Victim of Love is a continuation of his love story, moving past the heartache and pain and closer to the promise of hope.


TICKETING INFORMATION $40*, $60**, $80, $100 Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $25*, $45**

Fresh from her successful off-Broadway headlining run in the Billie Holiday musical Lady Day in 2013, Dee Dee Bridgewater arrives to open Mosaic Music Festival 2014 with a concert in tribute to Billie Holiday, singing her songs and sharing her stories. Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. The fearless explorer made her phenomenal jazz debut as the lead vocalist of the much-celebrated Thad Jones/Mel Louis Jazz Orchestra, going on to perform and record throughout the ‘70s with other jazz giants such as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.


BUIKA EVENT DATE & VENUE 11 Mar, Tue, 7.30pm 12 Mar, Wed, 7.30pm (1hr, no intermission) Mosaic Studio (Recital Studio)

TICKETING INFORMATION $30 Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $20

“Buika possesses the most haunting voice to be found on either side of the Atlantic” - The Sunday Times Since her introduction to America in 2007 with her album Mi Nina Lola (My Little Girl Lola), Buika has experienced a meteoric rise, earning lavish praise from The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as NPR, which quickly included her in their “50 Great Voices” of all time and calls her “the voice of freedom”.


Before her career took off in the US she had already achieved success in Europe, performing on screen in the Pedro Almodovar film The Skin I Live In and recording a duet with pop singer Seal. Music from those projects and more were collected in 2011 on the essential 2-CD set En Mi Piel (In My Skin) to satisfy a growing demand for her rich, sensual, and husky vocals, best described as ‘velvet gravel’.