Malaysia Travel Guide


KUCHING: Sedaa means “voice” in Persian and connects traditional Mongolian music with the Orient which makes an extraordinary and fascinating sound, the group consists with master singers Naranbaatar Purevdorj, Nasanjargal Ganbold and Ganzorig Davaakhuu together with Omid Bahadori, a Persian multi-instrumentalist and composer also living in Germany.

Sedaa created a genuinely exotic connection that transcends borders and cultures. Their music prises you away on a journey into the wide landscape of nature moreover natural sounds produced by traditional instruments and age- old vocal techniques of their nomadic ancestors where one person can produce several tones at the same time.

The base of their modern composition is formed by natural sounds which are produced with traditional instruments and the use of old age song technologies of their nomadic ancestors with which a person produces several tones at the same time.  Ancestral overtone singing was used to reproduce the natural sounds of flowing rivers, winds, echoes of the mountains, rumble of thunder and many other natural occurrences inspired by the Mongolian landscape.

Vibrating undertone vocals and the amazing harmonic singing khömii (throat singing) with the company of the melancholy sounds of the horse head violin morin khuur and the pearly sounds of the 120 strings dulcimer (known as yochin) melt into the pulsating oriental drum rhythms to one mystical sound. Other instruments in Sedaa’s repertoire include the ikh khuur (double bass), bischgur (Mongolian oboe), dombra (a two string plugged instrument), guitar, cajón (a box-shaped percussion instrument and the rahmentrommel (frame drum).

Sedaa have been playing together and touring in hundreds of concerts all over Europe, and have produced four albums, Mongolian Meets Oriental (2010), Letter From Mongolia (2011), New Ways (2012), and East West (2018). In their later works there is a shift where they skilfully expand traditional sounds with danceable rhythms.

The virtuosity of these musicians has allowed them to evolve into a seasoned and confident quartet, honing their virtuosity in the various instrumental and vocal traditions. This is perfect crossover music mixed in a natural way.

The Rainforest in the city (RITC) takes place from July 2 – 11 at Kuching Amphitheatre from 8.00pm till 11.00pm daily, hosted by Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board.  It is Free and open for public.

The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place from July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.


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MPO Chamber Concert

January 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

It is that time of the month again where chamber music lovers can head on to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas and enjoy great performances by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Players. For the month of January 2012, the orchestra will be performing four pieces from renowned musicians.

One of the pieces that will be performed is from Heitor Villa-Lobos, a brilliant Brazilian composer who was described as the most significant creative figure in 20th century Brazilian art music. His music is largely influenced by both Brazilian folk music and the European classical tradition. The MPO Chamber Players will be performing ‘Chorus No. 4‘. Another piece that will be performed that night is Hoffmeister’s Solo String Quartet No. 3 in D Major. Franz Anton Hoffmeister was a German composer and music publisher. Hoffmeister was one of the pioneers in the music publishing businesses, having established one of Vienna’s first of this kind of business in 1785.

MPO Chamber Concert is scheduled to start at 6.30 pm on 31st January 2012

Jean-Baptiste Loeillet was a Flemish baroque composer who also performed on the recorder, flute, oboe and harpsichord. He is called the London Loeillet, so as to distinguish himself from another famous composer. The MPO Chamber Players will be performing the Trio Sonata for Flute, Oboe and Basso Continuo. The last piece, Piano Trio in A Minor, is a piece composed by Joseph-Maurice Ravel, a French composer who was famous for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects.

Tickets for this performance are priced at RM 20 for all seats. Patrons who are attending the event are required to observe the dress code, which is Smart Casual. Performance is scheduled to start at 6.30 pm on 31st January 2012. For more information and ticket purchases, please log on to the website here.

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Tribute to Sibelius

October 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Jean Sibelius was a famous Finnish composer of the later Romantic period. His music had an important part in the formation of Finland’s national identity. Born as Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, he began using the French form of his name ‘Jean’ during his years as a student. He is now known universally as Jean Sibelius. He studied Law for a while after his graduation from high school, but his love for music proved to be stronger and he later quit his law studies. From 1885 till 1889, Sibelius studied music in Helsinki music school.

Jean Sibelius

The Sibelius monument in Helsinki is dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius

Some of his best-known compositions include Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste and The Swan of Tuonela. In 1908, Sibelius underwent a major operation for suspected throat cancer. Though the operation went well, his close encounter with death was said to have inspired the works that he composed in the following years. 18 years after his brush with death, many noticed a sharp decline in his output of musical works. After his Seventh Symphony, Sibelius only produced a few major works for the rest of his life. Jean Sibelius passed away at a great old age of 91 due to brain haemorrhage.

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing three of this Finnish composer’s pieces, that is Finlandia, Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 2. The violin concerto will be performed by Mr. Barnabas Kelemen and Mr Olari Elts will be conducting the orchestra. The musical performance is scheduled for 15th October 2011 at 8.30 pm AND 16th October 2011 at 3.00 pm. Tickets are priced at RM 30, RM 60, RM 90 and RM 120. Patrons of the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas will have to observe its dress code, which is smart casual when attending the concerts. For more information, please log on to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas’ website.

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