Singapore's The TENG Ensemble Transform its Live Sound with DPA Microphones

by Naomi Crews
in International News
The Teng Ensemble
The Teng Ensemble

SINGAPORE - DPA Microphones' d:facto™ Vocal Microphone and d:vote™ Instrument Microphones were selected for The TENG Ensemble's outdoor concert at Fullerton Square.
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The clarity and fidelity of DPA microphones helped The TENG Ensemble deliver a stunning live performance at the iconic Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Entitled Where the River Always Flows, this debut outdoor performance transformed the Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s East Garden Square into an extravaganza filled with the nostalgic sounds of Singapore’s heritage music.

DPA d:vote Instrument Microphones were used to amplify a combination of western and Chinese instruments that were played during the performance. These included a cello, a Sheng and a Guzheng. Audio engineer Steve Zhang also used a DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone for the Ensemble’s renowned countertenor Phua Ee Kia.

Commenting on his choice of microphones, Zhang says: “Phua Ee Kia has a uniquely expressive and dynamic voice, therefore the d:facto Vocal Microphone’s high SPL handling and wide dynamic range ensured that his performance was not constrained by technical limitations, even in the slightest.

“For the instruments, the impressive clarity of the d:vote Instrument Microphone was a major advantage – as was its flexibility. This minuscule gooseneck mic can be mounted conveniently on top of clips that come in various shapes and sizes. Even for an instrument as unconventional as the Sheng, the d:vote 4099 manages to provide a solution that allows fluid on-stage movement of the musician, so that he is able to fully express his artistry.”

Established in 2004, The TENG Ensemble is a collective of music educators, scholars and award-winning instrumentalists who create and develop projects in Chinese instrumental music. The TENG Ensemble performances fuse traditional and contemporary influences to create a sound that is current, visionary and guided by Asian aesthetics. The TENG Ensemble’s works highlight the significance of Singapore’s songs and places in shaping the Singaporean sensibility of today. By revisiting heritage songs and presenting them in a contemporary way, the ensemble also aims to spark interest in the history of South-east Asian music and its place in the modern world.

For the Fullerton Square performance, the TENG Ensemble were joined by accordionist Syafiqah ‘Adha and 2016 Noise Singapore alumni, Mars. The concert featured a new set of Singapore-inspired works including songs by P Ramlee and Zubir Said and a mash up of Rasa Sayang and Di Tanjong Katong. They also performed two East-West pieces specially commissioned by The Fullerton Heritage.

To see a video of this performance please follow this link: https://youtu.be/vKyPbEIfymY