4 acts you shouldn’t miss at the Mosaic Music Festival 2011

4 acts you shouldn’t miss at the Mosaic Music Festival 2011

March is pronounced Mosaic: And this year's ten-day festival won't disappoint with its stunning array of headline acts

Singapore’s biggest music festival is up.

This year's ten-day Mosaic Music Festival brings together more than 20 music personalities from all over the world in a manic culmination of talent and artistry spanning genres that range from pop, to jazz, to tango, to electronic.

Here are the four stellar acts that have caught our eyes and ears.

Aphex Twins

Aphex Twin

Applauded as “the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music," Richard D. James, aka the Aphex Twin, has been a longstanding pioneer in what the pundits call “intelligent dance music."

With his dexterous wrists and fantastic skills in music production, the Aphex Twin has displayed a real knack in creating complex music with just his computer and keyboards.

Witness cyptic soundscapes in seminal works like "I Care Because You Do" and "Selected Ambient Works II," and from the more recent "Drukgs."

S$75-S$100. March 19, 11 p.m. Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from SISTIC.

Gotan Project

The Gotan Project

This Parisian trio is putting sexy tango back where it belongs.

Experimenting with nuggets of jazz, hip-hop and nu-tango in their sassy line of music, Philippe Cohen Solal, Eduardo Makaroff and Christoph H. Müller have grown increasingly popular especially on the silver screen, surfacing in hits such as "Ocean’s Twelve," "Nip/Tuck" and "Sex and the City."

Their song "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" was made famous through the film "Shall We Dance" (2004) and more recently in the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz progeny "Knight and Day" (2010).

S$40-S$120. March 20, 8 p.m. Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from SISTIC.

Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom

The unique and almost unearthly quality in Joanna Newsom’s voice is simply unmistakable.

Her third studio album "Have One On Me" is a superb compilation of elegant vocals layered upon delicate instrumentals from the strings, harp, piano and trombone.

Often lauded as the mainstay of modern folk music, this talented and eclectic harpist promises a performance that's nothing short of captivating.

S$25-S$60. March 18, 11 p.m. Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from SISTIC.

Raoul Midon

Raul Midon

His sight may be impaired, but his musical skills definitely aren’t.

A spectacular one-man-show -- Midon sings and uses his guitar not only for crazy tricks like slapping and tapping, but also as a percussion insrument.

Midon’s critically acclaimed album "State of Mind" (2005) entranced the masses with his gifts of music and charisma, and also featured collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz.

 

S$40-S$80. March 14, 7:30 p.m. Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from SISTIC.

 

 

 

Mosaic Music Festival 2011

The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive
March 11- 20
Tickets from SISTIC

 

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