ThePeak speaks Dr Samuel Wong of The Teng Ensemble and discovers what drives this acclaimed musical group to celebrate the rich history and diverse heritage of Singapore. Dr Samuel Wong is clear about what The Teng Ensemble does. “Besides being an East meets West ensemble, we also merge the traditional with the modern. We work with heritage pieces, as well as old works, to give them a new sound. We also put a spin on contemporary pieces with our traditional instruments,” he explains of the ensemble. The musical group from Singapore has been making waves on the international music scene with its unique blend of sound that recreates traditional folk songs for a modern audience.
The origins of The Teng Ensemble can be traced back to 2004, when a group of talented Chinese instrumentalists with similar