Danial Ariffin Azman (Left) & Zulkifli Mohamed Amin (Right)
Zulkifli Mohamed Amin musical chief
Zulkifli Mohamed Amin studied music in LASALLE-SIA college of the arts and joined the Orkestra Melayu Singapura (OMS) as a trombone player and since then, doubled up as a keyboardist and accordionist. He has been a music director and band leader for various performances and festivals.
He was appointed as the conductor and leader of SYMO since 2010. His active involvement and enthusiasm for the development of the orchestra has gained him due respect from musicians to bring music to a new frontier.
Having mostly self-taught in composition since a tender age of 13, Zulkifli has participated in composition master classes by world renowned composers which include, Professor Gerald Brophy (Australia), Zachar Laskewicz (Austria), Eric James Watson (United Kingdom) as his composition tutor, Dr. Alan Laurens (America) as his conducting professor, and Dr. Alex Dea (indonesia) in Ethnomusicology.
Since 2003, Zulkifli has been actively involved in conducting and music directorship. This led him to the formation of his contemporary pop orchestra for a concert at Lasalle-SIA which is also his conducting debut and in 2006, appointed as Music Director of the closing concert of Singapore Management University Arts Festival 2006 among others. In 2013, he was appointed as the Music Director for Semara Seni in collaboration with Sri Warisan Performing Arts.
He has been an active pit musician throughout his musical journey having played in dance productions. The start of 2004-05, Zulkifli begin his new focus on world music and visual-art music composition and performance. Although busy with commissioned works and projects, Zulkifli is an ardent researcher with interest in cross-cultural music composition techniques, ethnomusicology; south-east Asia region in particular and world music performance and composition.
Currently, Zulkifli is an arts educator and with the emphasis of developing young talents who are passionate in the arts. He is also a musician with the Asian Contemporary Ensemble (ACE).
Zulkifli also serves as the Artistic Director of Nusantara Arts.
Danial Ariffin Azman music craftsman
DANIAL ARIFFIN AZMAN (born Singapore, 1991) is a music arranger, composer and producer. He grew up with a family that is not musically inclined. Being an avid music lover, he joined Swiss Winds, Command Band of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) under MAJ (NCC) Anthony Chew during his secondary school as a percussionist, pianist and music arranger. He plays with the ITE Jazz Band, under the tutelage of Mr Eric J. Watson, Senior Teaching Fellow of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
Danial was awarded the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award (Merit) by MENDAKI Singapore in recognition of his talents and his potential to excel in the discipline of music in 2013 and holds a Diploma in Sonic Arts under the School of Technology for the Arts (STA) from Republic Polytechnic in 2014. He was in the SAF MDC (Singapore Armed Forces Music & Drama Company) as a musician during his National Service.
He has been playing with Orkestra Melayu Singapura Belia (OMSB) and also the main orchestra, Orkestra Melayu Singapura (OMS) under the People’s Associations (PA Talent) since then. Danial also conducted the Orkestra Melayu Singapura Belia (OMSB) at a concert “Rentas Muzika” recently on 7thApril 2018. Danial is the Associate Music Director and an artist with Nusantara Arts as well.
The Audio Image Wind Ensemble (Singapore) and MARA University of Technology Wind Orchestra (UiTM) (Malaysia) has premiered his first wind band composition titled “Enigma” in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Singapore Wind Symphony recently played Danial’s revised version of Enigma for their South Korea Tour 2016. In 2015, Danial was commissioned by Malay College Kuala Kangsar Wind Orchestra (Malaysia) to arrange Lagenda Gunung Ledang, a medley of music from the movie “Puteri Gunung Ledang” for their 17th SBP Finale Wind Orchestra competition and they clinched the Gold Award. They won another Gold Award for 2nd Malaysia International Music Arts Festival in the same year.
Danial was the youngest composer to be commissioned by the Singapore Wind Symphony to arrange “We Will Get There” NDP 2002 Theme Song as part of the Songs of Singapore Project in 2012 and Dick Lee’s “Beauty World Medley” for “Singapore! A Musical Celebration II” in 2013. It was premiered at the Esplanade Concert Hall in July consecutively and he has been part of the Singapore! A Musical Celebration series since then.
Other than working with wind bands and orchestra music, he arranges music for Marsiling Secondary School Chinese Orchestra as well.
He has been working closely with Dondang Music to arrange original compositions based on poetry lyrics by Singapore composer/songwriter Mohd Khair Mohd Yasin and has produced a collection of poetry music albums.
Danial also arranges music for Mediacorp’s Suria Malay dramas theme soundtracks by both local TV production companies like Eaglevision and DV Studio. He was appointed as one of the music arrangers for Mediacorp’s Suria singing competition program Anugerah (2017) and recently, Juara Mic Junior (2018).
Currently, Danial is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Music Composition and Arranging in LASALLE College of the Arts.