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A Bird Calls You To Moscow

Tan Shou Chen & Joel Tan (Singapore)

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  • 17 Oct 2020
  • Theatre
  • Free

  • Advisory: Some coarse language
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A Bird Calls You To Moscow

Tan Shou Chen & Joel Tan (Singapore)

An audio experience for a solo wonder by Tan Shou Chen & Joel Tan, featuring Albert Tiu.

A Bird Calls You To Moscow [audio drama]:

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The Music from A Bird Calls You To Moscow:

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If you can believe it, it is millennia in the future. You are walking amongst ancient ruins. A koel calls. You hear ghosts. A Musician says his goodbyes. A Lover's heart breaks. These are the psychic traces of a city long gone. 

A Bird Calls You To Moscow is an audio drama to be experienced on the move. Across three episodes and accompanied by the piano music of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, you are invited to seehear and feel, as the role requires, and simply walk with yourself. 

The musical works featured in A Bird Calls You To Moscow were specially recorded by pianist Albert Tiu. The works featured are:

Episode 0: Pre-Amble

Episode 1: Melancholy
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Seasons: October, Op. 37a: X
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Prelude in D major, 10 Preludes, Op 23, No. 4

Episode 2: Nostalgia
Rachmaninoff, Prelude in C Minor, 10 Preludes, Op 23, No. 7
Tchaikovsky, The Seasons: September, Op 37a: IX

Episode 3: Clarity
Tchaikovsky, 18 Morceaux: Méditation, Op 72, TH151:5
Rachmaninoff, Prelude in Db major, 13 Preludes, Op 32, No. 13

Instructions to the listener:

This audio drama is designed to be listened to using headphones and on the move. Begin the journey with the first Pre-Amble tape, before moving sequentially from each episode to the next. You may choose to listen to them all in one sitting, or across three sessions. How engaged you wish to be depends on how deep you want to commit to your role as an archeologist of your surrounding space and passing time. Escape your world, or actively draw sensory connections between this world and yours.  

Here, we suggest some pairings of locations to go with each episode: 

Episode 1: A room where love sleeps, or that of an ex-lover’s 
Episode 2: A park where the trees are old 
Episode 3: A circular ride on public transport  

Each episode is approximately 30 minutes. 

Directed by Tan Shou Chen 

Text by Joel Tan 
Recording and Mix Engineer Daniel Wong
Sound Design by Ng Jing and Daniel Wong 

Voiced by Brendon Fernandez and Julie Wee 
With pianist Albert Tiu  

Tan Shou Chen (Director) is a theatremaker from Singapore. His interests lie in the encounters between different cultures across time and space and the traverse between tradition and contemporary. He works frequently with new writing both as a director and a performer. He has created works for the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, Bangkok Theatre Festival, Theatreworks, Singapore National Gallery, and NUS Arts Festival. On stage, Shou Chen has performed with Singapore's best regarded theatre companies. In addition to performance making, Shou Chen is also an educator, holding teaching positions with the National University of Singapore and Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Joel Tan is a playwright and performer based between London and Singapore. His work has received acclaim for its incisive and lyrical interrogation of life in Singapore and beyond, and for situating contemporary Asian stories in a global context. He also works in creative non-fiction, film, and audio. As a dramaturg, Joel has worked with visual artists, dancers, and exhibition-makers. 
He is one half of the podcast, T42, a chat-show about popular culture, science, the arts, and life in Singapore. 

Born in Cebu, Philippines, Albert Tiu (pianist) has been called “an artist of uncommon abilities” by American Record Guide. His Centaur recording, “Grand Russian”, pairing Tchaikovsky’s Grand Sonata and Rachmaninoff’s First Sonata, was cited in ARG: “Even with some legendary competition in this repertoire, Tiu stands tall with his interpretations and technical accomplishment.” Currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, Tiu is a graduate of the Juilliard School, he has performed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony.  In 2005, Tiu gave the Singapore premiere of Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Known for his innovative programming, he has presented thought-provoking thematic solo recitals: “Nocturnal Fantasies”, “Bee Flat”, and “Chopin - Before & Beyond”.  

Awarded the National Arts Council Scholarship, Jing Ng (Sound Designer) graduated with first class honours from Rose Bruford College (UK) specialising in Performance Sound. Jing focuses on the sonic experience for the audience - what, why and how you listen through a live performance.

Singapore credits: Lord of The Flies ; Red Sky ; Prism ; Fundamentally Happy ; Dragonflies ; The Father ; Late Company First Fleet ; Dear Elena ; The Son.
Nominated for Best Sound Design in the 2014 Off West End Theatre Awards for Outfox Productions’ Corpus Christi (UK).
Nominated for Best Sound Design in the 2018 Singapore Straits Times Life Theatre Awards for Dragonflies (Pangdemonium Theatre Company Ltd).

Julie Wee (Voice Actor) trained as an actor at The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Drama School in Melbourne. She’s played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Wild Rice); Cassius in Julius Caesar, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Miranda in The Tempest, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Bianca in Othello (SRT). Her other stage credits include Wild Rice’s Hotel; Checkpoint Theatre’s Normal, The Good The Bad and The Sholay and The Way We Go; Toy Factory’s To Kill A Mockingbird (Scout) and The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor); Skinned Knee Productions The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband and Take Off Productions Mosaic. She works as a host and as a professional voiceover artist who runs her own home studio. Companies that use her voice include Visa, SK-II, Olay, Nespresso and McDonalds. This year, aside from numerous voiceovers, Julie worked on SRT’s Classic Stories series and The Book of Mothers radio play with T:>Works. 

Brendon Fernandez’s (Voice Actor) recent theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, MERDEKA / 獨立 / சுதநததிரம், Displaced Persons’ Welcome Dinner, Underclass / , and Hotel. He was also in the radio play The Book of Mothers, part of T:>Works’ Festival of Women: N.O.W. 2020, earlier this year. He’s done voiceovers for radio, television, and online advertisements for clients like DBS, Mastercard, Oral-B, and Telfast. You’ll also be able to hear him on Downstairs Season 2, a local animated series for adults that follows the surreal adventures of wacky Kopitiam stall owners, premiering soon on meWATCH. And on the audiobook recording of Ming Cher’s classic novel Spider Boys, available now on  

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