Scene & Heard: Music and Art

Marching On
January was a month of great music, what with Laneway Festival and Big Night Out in the books. Turns out March is just as jam-packed, what with Santana (March 4), Mosaic Music Festival (March 8-17), American rock legend Journey (March 19) and Timbre Rock & Roots (March 21-22). Recently confirmed are two Grammy nominees—New York based band Fun. making their first Southeast Asian stop; and Adam Lambert, with his first-ever concert in Singapore. Book before tickets run out.

Stripped Bare    
It’s hard to imagine Pangaea, the glamor-dripping luxury nightclub stripping away its opulence to look like an underground basement dance club for a party. But they’ve done it for RAW, a newly launched monthly night featuring international DJs. The first installment had DJ Alex Kenji holding court. Next up on February 21 is Matt Caseli of Pacha Ibiza, Pacha Sydney and Axtone Records on the decks with his signature house beats. Cover charge is $30 and includes one drink.

Second Sight
Equator Art Projects’ new show Paintings to be looked at for more than ten seconds: Indonesian Painting I is as good an excuse to get down to Gillman Barracks as you’ll find. The first in a series of showcases by some of the most prolific Indonesian artists, this group exhibition features the latest works of nine painters including Arahmaiani, Dadang Christanto and Eddie Hara. Most, if not all, are compelling pieces promising new perspectives each look.

Slide Away
PechaKucha (“chit-chat” in Japanese), a globally popular event where speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each, was recently reintroduced by Jon Siegel and Waki Yoneoka after it ended in April 2011. For its first session on January 17, award-winning architect Jason Pomeroy and photographer Chia Aik Beng were amongst its lineup of speakers. “We want to create a space where young talents (not just the experienced professionals) can also stand up and speak, and through that, creating an ecosystem of motivated people,” explains Patrick Keenan, who is part of the organizing team. The next PechaKucha session is tentatively planned for April. For updates, visit here.