Sunset Symphony – music in a Kudat paradise

The photographs in the book were better, supplied by the Sabah Tourism Board. But Kudat manages to shine, even with what I have here. [Excerpt from: Funk, Joanna. SabahSongs: Contemporary Music in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu: Opus Publications, 2013. 44-50. Print.] Kudat. This is the place where my great-grandparents first arrived in Sabah. It was the Continue reading Sunset Symphony – music in a Kudat paradise

The man who brought Chinese orchestra to Sabah

My friend Yap Keng Vui translated all the conversations with Teo Seng Chong, and I have so much to thank him for. Teo Seng Chong arrived in Sabah in 1986 at the invitation of Tshung Tsin Secondary School (TTSS), to bring Chinese orchestral music into Sabah. He is now Head of Music at TTSS, and Continue reading The man who brought Chinese orchestra to Sabah

Ethnomusicology scholars pick up my book!

Ethnomusicology scholars have picked up my book SabahSongs: Contemporary Music In Sabah. 😀 The 5th symposium of the International Council of Traditional Music study group on Performing Arts Of South East Asia (PASEA) held their event in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 16-22 July 2018. Thank you Yap KV for showing me these lovely photos. Yap Continue reading Ethnomusicology scholars pick up my book!

Grammy award-winning U.S. folk musos get the SabahSongs book!

The U.S. Embassy partnered with SPArKS (Society of Performing Arts in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah), ME Malaysia, Sri Pelancongan Sabah, and American Voices to bring to Kota Kinabalu a concert on American Roots Music on January 09 2013 by Grammy Awards Duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Maxcer, together with Barbara Lamb. Here, SPArKS President Cheong Kok Continue reading Grammy award-winning U.S. folk musos get the SabahSongs book!