Polkadot + Moonbeam 點點月光 【Bear On A Bicycle】 Showcase

Polkadot + Moonbeam 點點月光 【Bear On A Bicycle】 Showcase
Presented by Room2F 二楼前座

Date: 14 Jul (Sat)
Time: 9pm – 10pm
Entry Pass: $18/pax
Venue: Room2F, 246S Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574370 (Directions)

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The first stop of Polkadot + Moonbeam‘s『點點月光』2018 Tour, the Perth-based husband and wife acoustic jazz duo premieres their latest original compositions back in Singapore, sharing their lives transparently through song and their four-string swing. Cosy up with them as they sing and tell of their many adventures in this intimate space.

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Who is Polkadot + Moonbeam?

Named after Frank Sinatra’s first hit song with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940, Polkadot + Moonbeam was formed in 2010 in Sydney, when award-winning Singaporean singer-songwriter Juliet Pang met Sydney-based wandering musician Didi Mudigdo.

At the time, Juliet had been a successful recording artist for over ten years, while Didi had just returned from a four-year adventure of performing in Japan, China and Southeast Asia. Discovering their unique musical synergy when they first met in Sydney, they formed Polkadot + Moonbeam, and went on to perform acclaimed shows at jazz venues and festivals in Australia, Japan, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

Juliet and Didi married in 2013 and are now based in Perth Australia, working on Polkadot + Moonbeam’s 『點點月光』 jazz original album together.


Didi Mudigdo 睦宇覿
A consummate jazz bass player and songwriter, Didi Mudigdo has performed in festivals and jazz clubs around Australia, Japan, China and South-East Asia. In 2005 he was a Top 10 finalist in the 2005 Australian National Songwriting Contest (jazz category) and was the most-downloaded jazz artist on mp3.com.au in the same year.

Born in Australia to Indonesian parents, he had a multinational upbringing living in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, then graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1997. Since then, he has toured Japan, China and Southeast Asia performing alongside fellow wandering musicians from USA, Europe and Brazil.

He has also recorded with several Sydney recording artists, and released recordings of his own, the most recent being Didi Three Live (2008) which was recorded live at the Sapporo Jazz Festival in Japan.

Juliet Pang 馮欣慧
Juliet is singer, jazz ukulele/piano player and songwriter who features a growing body of original jazz compositions and popular jazz standards. In the early days of her career, she was one of the three artists signed to international Mandarin-Pop label Ocean Butterflies 海蝶音樂.

Her unique voice first became renowned in Singapore when she sang the theme to the 1999 Singaporean cult movie ‘Eating Air’ 吃風. As well as being a vocalist, Juliet is also known as one of Singapore’s prominent songwriters: her lyrics for the theme to Singaporean TV series ‘Zero to Hero’, a collaboration with colleague JJLin 林俊傑 was the highest royalty earning soundtrack of 2007.

Later in 2011, her debut originals album ‘The Perfect Journey’ 完美之旅 had her nominated for the ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Local Artist’ award categories by the popular international Mandarin-Pop blog Freshmusic. Apart from her own album recordings, she was also featured on the S2S Records jazz compilation albums Absolute Voices (2009) and Oriental Jazz (2013).

Graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2011, she studied jazz under David McRae, who performed alongside Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker to name a few. In 2012, she released her live jazz EP “White Noise Live” that mainly consists of her own compositions with her quartet.

Together with her husband, the two have also performed a repertoire of original jazz compositions as well as latin and jazz standards in Tokyo (Design Fest 2013), Perth (Laneway Lounge), Hong Kong (Backstage Live), Guangzhou (Loft 345), Shenzhen (Old Heaven Books), Dongguan (Hong Tang Guan), Kuala Lumpur (No Black Tie) and Singapore (Esplanade Theatres by The Bay).

Their compositions have received radio airplay in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, while her voice is featured on the jazz compilation albums Absolute Voices (2009) and Oriental Jazz (2013), both released by Japanese-Singaporean label S2S Records.

 

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