Playing with Nostalgia: Translation of Artistic Directions of Contemporary Musicians in Singapore

  • Chee-Hoo LumEmail author


Creating new musical repertoire and expressions can serve as a journey of critically reflecting, discovering and pushing boundaries of who we are as musical, social and cultural beings. This chapter focuses on the artistic directions that some Singaporean contemporary musicians and music groups (Riduan Zalani, Raghavendran Rajasekaran (Ragha), The TENG Ensemble and SA(仨)) have taken and the rationale behind these choices. It will then zoom in on particular musical repertoire of these contemporary musicians and music groups to illustrate in concrete terms how their verbalised artistic directions and creative processes translate into their sound worlds. The chapter will also touch on how the artistic directions and choices of these musicians and music groups are enacted in the education of their own group members and in their collaboration with other musicians, in the programmes they design for school engagements and public arts education and in the portrayal of these artistic directions in social media platforms. Nostalgia, which emerged as a possible theoretical musing from the narratives and musical content of the musicians and music groups, will then be laced through as a common thread for discussion to end the chapter.


Nostalgia Heritage Tradition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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