Get intimate with multi-award winning percussion ensemble Hands Percussion (Hands) at its first virtual mini concert called Be Our Guest.
The 150-minute percussive show will be streamed live on July 1 from Hands’ double storey headquarters in the industrial area of Sungai Buloh in Selangor.
Hands’ co-founder Bernard Goh is the artistic director, with musical directions by Ng Siu Yee.
“The concept is that our studio is our home for now, seeing that we aren’t able to perform publicly, and how the different rooms in our studio have similar functions to the ones at home.
“We are essentially opening our home to you, inviting you to see what it's like and how this space is able to provide the stability we need to continue rehearsing and composing,” says Goh.
Be Our Guest will feature the drum ensemble’s core members and full-timers who are affectionately known as Hands 1. These include Hands’ principal percussionist Jimmy Ch’ng Lip Hann, Ng Siu Yee, Tee Wee Lin, Jack Wan, Reid Yeap, Tee Leong Hoe, Phang Jian Hao, Goh Kok Wei and Tan Zhe Hao.
For the mini concert, they will be using five types of drums, namely shigu (lion dance drum), jingu (barrel drum), calabash (hollowed Ghanaian gourds), handpan and the tabla.
Rehearsals for Be Our Guest began nearly a month ago at Hands’ studio where the ensemble has also been rehearsing since the third week of May for Reflections, a full-length digital concert that will streamed live from the Damansara Performing Arts Centre’s Theatre on July 18.
As for Be Our Guest, the ensemble will be performing a mix of old and new material.
The programme includes Armour And Skin, which was one of the pieces in Armour And Skin 2019 (a musical show by Hands and Gamelan Yuganada at last year’s George Town Festival), new percussive pieces called Conversations, Chimes For A Calabash and Happy Hands. Finally, JU4JI2, is a piece Hands performed for a 2015 Chinese New Year concert.
Be Our Guest will also include a live online interview with Goh.
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