Spend a delightful weekend with the PLUS Trio and special guest Dexter Payne as they present unique compositions on the violin, cello, percussion and clarinet!
Kailin Yong is a violinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and tireless advocate for using music to promote cultural, spiritual and environmental peace. Known to many as the “fiddler for peace”, he received the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin in 2004 for his efforts in building cultural bridges through music. Yong trained at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria and spent 20 years in the United States and Europe before returning to Singapore in 2013. Since then, he has been sharing his gifts as a music director and composer with theatre and dance groups such as Checkpoint Theatre, Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Maya Dance Theatre and In Source Theatre. He is also the founding member of Kailin Yong Peace Project, NuMundo, Y Quartet and the Qilin Group.
The PLUS Trio is a re-creation of Yong''s US-based Peace Project Trio and combines his love for chamber music and world music. PLUS stands for Peace, Love, Understanding and exemplifies the spirit of Yong’s globally-minded original compositions. This trio consists of violin, cello and world percussion joining in a dynamic sonic dance, all in the name of celebrating diversity, peace and love.
Kailin Yong (founder, leader, composer) – violin, voice
Govin Tan – table and world percussion
Wen-Bin Tan – cello
Dexter Payne plays the clarinet and saxophone and was a winner at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and twice a finalist in DownBeat Readers Poll in the US. He is passionate about music''s role in human evolution. As a teen, Payne’s thirst for blues and roots music led to a 16-year artistic and personal collaboration with singer and writer, Judy Roderick; while a sabbatical in Mexico turned into an odyssey of performing in ten different countries over three years, and introduced him to a 17-year collaboration with Gaudencio Thiago de Mello.
Later, Payne met and collaborated with Yong, with whom he worked on three projects, including an album for the Kailin Yong Peace Project. His current collaboration with Norma Johnson actively nurtures the conversation about white privilege in America. Payne’s accomplishments include multiple recordings, performances on NBC Today and Garrison Keillor''s Prairie Home Companion and a Pathways to Jazz Recording Grant.
In conjunction with Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year, the theme for February’s Resonates With is “Love in Spring”. Curated by musician Kailin Yong, the line-up of performances reflect the joy, vibrancy and splendour of love and spring.