Monday, 28 February 2022
Esplanade Concourse, 6.45pm & 7.45pm
30 mins (each set)
Weird Aftertaste is an artist-driven new music collective that aspires to the sustainable performance of today’s best contemporary concert work. As advocates for the experimental, risky and non-commercial in sound, since its inception in 2021 the group has performed work not just by genre-defining stalwarts of new music, but also the work of young musical innovators both locally and abroad.
Democratic in conception, the group eschews the vision of a single artistic director for the unbridled collective energies of its component artists.
Daniel Yiau is a Singaporean conductor, performer and educator who studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Sibelius Academy under the tutelage of Jan Schut and Petri Komulainen. Yiau has conducted various ensembles such as Symphonic Winds, Soli Deo Gloria Koog-Zaandijk, Amsterdamse Tramharmonie, Amsterdam Brass, Jeugd Project Orkest,Trompetterkorps der Koninklijke Marechaussee, Sinfonisches Verbandsblasorchester Markgräflerland, University of Louisville Wind Ensemble, Estagio Nacional Orquestra Sopros, Orchestra Collective, Philharmonic Winds, Singapore Horn Sounds, and the Singapore Wind Symphony.
Yiau received lessons from bass clarinet soloist Erik van Deuren and Heikki Nikula (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra) and plays all ranges of clarinets. He has performed in various iconic performance venues such as Het Concertgebouw, Nippon Budokan and Bremen Arena with various ensembles. He was assistant principal clarinet with the Singapore Armed Forces Band from 2009-2011, and was the section leader of the 2011 WASBE Youth Wind Orchestra in Chia Yi, Taiwan, with conductors Douglas Bostock and Dario Sotelo. As a champion for music of our time, Yiau has commissioned and performed various new music for wind ensembles and bass clarinets. He is also a member of K口U, and duo dBm with saxophonist Michellina Chan.
Lynette Yeo is a graduate of the Royal College of Music (London), and studied with acclaimed pianist Gordon Fergus-Thompson. An advocate of the music of today, she was the winner of the RCM’s Contemporary Music Prize in 2016. She frequently performs with contemporary concert music projects, most notably with composer-pianist Bertram Wee as the B-L Duo: in 2017, they were awarded the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize.
Michellina Chan is a Singaporean saxophonist, educator and interdisciplinary collaborator, with musical endeavours spanning three continents, over 17,000 km. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours, she won the highly coveted Welsford Smithers Memorial Travelling Scholarship which made her European adventures possible. She went on to pursue a Master of Music studying with Arno Bornkamp at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud under Marie Bernadette Charrier.
A champion for chamber music and new music, Chan is a founding member of Xin Saxophone Quartet and K口U. To date, she has been globally involved in generating numerous new commissions by collaborating with composers. She continues to spearhead this initiative by spotlighting composers and performers.
As a soloist and educator, Chan has performed and taught at several international festivals such as Melbourne Summer Saxophone Academy, Kuching Youth Band Fiesta, World Saxophone Congress (2015 and 2018) and Singapore Saxophone Symposium. She currently holds the position of adjunct lecturer of saxophone at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Chan is the first female Selmer Paris Artist in South-East Asia.