Mosaic Music Festival Hot
Established in 2005 and produced by Esplanade, Mosaic is the pioneer in Singapore music festival related. They showcase talented artists and give them a platform to gain recognition.
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Not for the faint-hearted
With this annual highlight in my calendar coming into full swing next week, I felt I just had to write a review of it here.
My first encounter with the festival came after a fledgling attempt to write a harmless piece of music when I was 16. A few of my music aficionado friends insisted that I head down to the Esplanade Concourse and Outdoor Theatre one evening to catch the free Mosaic Festival performances there - to, in their words, “forget about our usual radio-friendly music and explore some new genres and styles for once”.
While I initially approached the festival with slight apprehension, not knowing what to expect, that first experience certainly did not disappoint. Despite the lack of seating space and crowds that sometimes blocked my view, the powerhouse vocals, pulsating rhythms, shifting harmonies and diverse cultural genres were an overwhelming and flavourful sonic experience that left me thought-provoked and with a much more adventurous taste for music than before.
The festival programmes only seem to get better each year, with integrated visual displays, music making workshops (which, though ticketed, are reasonably priced at about $20), and interactive sessions with festival artists. I was particularly pleased to find an increase in Asian and local flavours, and experimental music – my new-found obsession – over the years.
All in all, I would say this festival is definitely not for the faint-hearted: with its bold and flavourful programme line-up, it is bound to take one on a mind-blowing acoustic adventure and challenge one’s existing notions of music.