Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues

A Talk by Dr. Tony Makarome

Billie Holiday had the kind of voice you never forget. No singer has ever distilled despair into such tones. – JazzTimes

Jazz singer Billie Holiday has inspired a generation of vocalists from jazz to pop and classical music. Who was she? How did she live, and with whom did she collaborate in her too-short but nonetheless luminous music career?

As a prelude to Mosaic Music Festival’s opening concert Dee Dee Bridgewater: To Billie Holiday with Love on 7 March 2014, come to this talk and listening party, and discover what makes Ms. Holiday a great force in music.

About the speaker:

Conductor, composer and bassist Tony Makarome is Associate Professor at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (NUS). He has a DMA (Orchestral Conducting) from USC and a degree in Composition from Berklee. His teachers are George Monseur, Attilio Poto, Robert Spano, Miroslav Vitous, Herb Pomeroy, Robert Freedman, T.R. Sundaresan and R. Karthikeyan. Conducting highlights include premiering Procaccini’s opera, La Prima Notte (USA), successful seasons as prompter at Columbia Lyric Opera, and conductor of NUS Wind Symphony and YST New Music Ensemble.

Dr. Makarome’s woodwind quintet Scifi Lounge (2006) premiered in Bangkok and his Name with No Street (String Quartet) performed in Shanghai and Hunan. Other works include East Wind (solo percussion) performed at Esplanade in “Four Dimensional Music” and his opera, Faybulous premiered at Pawley’s Island Music Festival (USA). His arrangements of Seven Steps to Heaven and Asiana were performed by Singapore Chinese Orchestra and China Broadcasting Folk Orchestra (Beijing).

As bassist, he performed with Louis Bellson, Greg Fishman, Tony Bennett, Toshiki Nunokawa, Michael Veerapan, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra and Quartet West. He performed carnatic music in Chennai Music Season (2011 & 2012). His group Noir appeared in Esplanade’s “Late Nite”.

Dr. Makarome is considered a leading pedagogue of solfegé, theory and jazz. During the summer, he serves as an award-winning teacher at the Walden School (USA). He co-wrote, produced and performed in “Jazz 1-2-3”, the successful interactive “edu-musical” with Rani Singam, in collaboration with Esplanade and NAC. Current projects include Esplanade’s Jazz Program: “Bright Young Things”; and a musicianship course for Perkamus.

Sat Feb 22, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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