Now here’s a unique experience – partying in a cinema, made to mimic a club, to an orchestra playing orchestral versions of electro-dance tracks!
Which exactly what the audience got at One More Time – A Tribute to Zouk at Jiak Kim Street held recently at the Capitol Theatre.
While it was certainly novel to “experiencificate” the concert performance by evoking the Zouk club interiors, it was the 50-piece orchestra that most in attendance wanted to see and hear.
Well, that and nostalgia. Considering the primary demographic of the audience (mainly in their mid to late 30s or even 40s), there was a fair bit of emotional resonance circulating the theatre as the orchestra delivered one beloved dancefloor hit after another.
The concert sound was not perfect – there were moments of distortion and the singers felt somewhat detached from the orchestra at times – but it was definitely good enough for its purpose. Which was, of course, partying and dancing to!
The brainchild of Aldrin Quek (Concert Director) and Indra Ismail (Music Director and Orchestrator) with Selena Tan (Director) and Najip Ali (creative consultant), the concert was over 90 minutes of highly entertaining performances from the orchestra as well as the guest performers like violinist Lynette Seah, tabla player MS Maniam, jazz singer Rani Singam and Singapore punk godfather X’Ho.
Considering the overwhelming response from the audience, expect this unique concept to become an annual affair.
Thanks to the Henderson Project for making this review possible. All photographs by Eddie Sung.
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