Life & Times
December 29, 2012
By : Subhadra Devan | sdevan@nst.com.my

Exciting line-up

Next year’s Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore will feature Grammy winners Esperanza Spalding and Joss Stone, writes Subhadra Devan

Joss Stone
Esperanza Spalding

THE annual Mosaic Music Festival 2013 in Singapore will see Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding in a concert performance on March 13.

Known for her joyous mix of African-American music, Spalding, 28, rocked music fans in 2011 when she became the first jazz musician to win the Grammy award for Best New Artist, beating Justin Bieber.

The crossover artiste followed this win with the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards (performing arts) for brilliant new achievements in science, technology, art and society and Best Contemporary Jazz Artiste at the 2012 Soul Train Awards.

The Portland-native was a self-taught violinist at age 4 and a member of The Chamber Music Society of Oregon from age 5. She became concertmaster at 15.

By that time, she had discovered the bass and became a regular on the local club circuit where she played the blues and funk alongside her mentors, Portland’s musical elders. Around that time, she also began writing and singing with the band, Noise For Pretend.

At 16, she became the youngest bass player in the music programme at the Portland State University, and by 20, had not only earned her music degree from the Berklee College of Music, but also became one of its youngest faculty members.

Her recent concerts with her 11-piece Radio Music Society, which she fronts as vocalist, songwriter, bassist and bandleader, have received rave reviews for their powerful delivery of her finely written melodies ,seamlessly blending jazz, soul, funk, and big band. Expect hits from her debut album Junjo (2006) to 2012’s Radio Music Society at this 90-minute concert.

Other artistes at the Mosaic Music Festival 2013, the music festival’s seventh edition, include Britain’s Joss Stone (March 8) and Gilbert O’Sullivan (March 11).

She’s barely 26 but Grammy winner Stone is still the wunderkind of soul. At 15, the Brit topped global music charts with her trademark vocals, and has since performed with James Brown, Gladys Knight, Blondie and Melissa Etheridge, among others.

After her record-smashing debut The Soul Sessions in 2003, Stone’s follow-up albums — Mind Body & Soul, Introducing Joss Stone — has won much acclaim including Brit and Grammy awards.
Her 2012 follow-up to her multi-million selling debut, The Soul Sessions: Volume 2, is an exercise in vocal poise, passion and power that showcases some great songs. Don’t let this free-spirited artiste escape your music calendar at the Mosaic Music Festival 2013.

Ireland’s first pop star O’Sullivan has had an illustrious career.

Best known for hits such as Alone Again (Naturally), Clair, Nothing Rhymed, Get Down and Matrimony, his songs have been covered by Morrissey, Dusty Springfield, Andy Williams, Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey, Sarah Vaughan and Donny Osmond, amongst others.

The piano-playing troubadour first rose to prominence in 1970 with UK Top 10 single, Nothing Rhymed. After a decade of success including 15 hit singles and five top 10 albums, he notched his final top 20 hit I Don’t Love You But I Think I Like You, in 1970.

Although finding little success in the 1980s with the records that followed, they did appeal to the singer’s fiercely devoted cult audience, much of it now centred in Japan.

O’Sullivan released his first CD single on his very own Bygum Records in 2001 and in 2011, returned with Gilbertville.

Today, the 66-year-old O’Sullivan is still working, touring and recording. His music has also been featured on films and TV shows from Stuart Little 2 to The Simpsons, Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, Meera Syal’s Anita & Me and Japanese manga cartoon Maison Ikkokou.

For tickets, visit www.sistic.com.sg. More information on the festival is available at www.mosaicmusicfestival.com/2013/

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Esperanza Spalding
When March 13 (7.30pm)

Joss Stone
When March 8 (7.30pm)

Gilbert O’Sullivan
When March 11 (7.30pm)
Tickets from S40.
All performances will be at Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore

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