GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
We are all probably familiar with the healing power of music and how it transcends cultural and language barriers to bridge understanding between communities. For Kahchun, a successful performance is when the audience experiences a truly emotional and spiritual catharsis through the music they hear. He hopes to use classical music as a way of bringing beauty into our current world that seems to be building more boundaries than the other way round.
With a vision is to fill all homes with music, Kahchun regularly engage children and youth in various ways, and hopes to encouraging more listening between each other, which may lead to mutual understanding, empathy, compassion and love. Big words, but no one said we couldn't dream!
COMPOSITION ACADEMY for southeast asian composers
Knowing first-hand the difficulty for young composers to have their music performed by professional musicians, Kahchun curated and led a composition academy for 12 participants from Southeast Asia at the beginning stages of their creative journey in March 2015. The participants spent an intensive week learning about instruments across various cultures, such as the dizi, accordion, javanese gamelan, tabla and toy piano.
The project culminated in a public premiere of their music for these unique instruments at the Raffles Institution, held in conjunction with the musicology conference "Intercultural Transfers in Music" organised by the Royal Musical Association (South East Asia Chapter).
COmmissioned work for SINgapore youth festival 2017
Kahchun was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to compose the set piece "Sunny Island" March for the Singapore Youth Festival 2017, which was performed by almost 150 school bands (approximately 8000 students from 13 to 16 years old) this past April. Having begun his own musical training as a member of the band as well, this was an exhilarating moment for Kahchun to connect with his roots and to inspire the next generation of Singaporean musicians.
PROJECT INFINITUDE (PILOT FROM NOVEMBER 2016 to March 2017)
Kahchun's fascination with the power of music education has led him to co-found Project Infinitude, a ground-up arts initiative embracing children from diverse backgrounds. As he feels strongly about giving back to the community that raised him, the pilot programme started in Singapore at the Enabling Village, a space where people with different abilities can feel accepted for whom they are. The pilot was supported by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the social collective Superhero Me. He and his co-founder Marina Mahler, granddaughter of the composer Gustav Mahler, look to expand the project in a sustainable and thoughtful way in the future.