Malaysian Marimba Player Tan Su Yin Joins French Cellist Florian Antier in Wind of Nomads Concert

Published by Samentha James @ 03/07/2017

Tan Su Yin will be featured in Wind of Nomads concert. Pic by: Bentley Music Academy

Malaysian renowned Marimba player Tan Su Yin will be collaborating with French cellist, Florian Antier, in the Wind of Nomads concert, a 1.5 hour show featuring several new works on African and Asian percussion, which will be held from August 4 to 6 and 11 to 13, 2017 at Lambang Sari, Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. 

This three-year project between HANDS Percussion and Dafra Drums of Burkina Faso, West Africa reflects the metaphor of human and cultural migration, the passage of energies throughout generations, globalization and integration. This concert is inspired by the soul of two of the world’s greatest deserts in Africa and China.

Wind of Nomads will take audiences on a journey through time and space with the ancient Manding Empire (West Africa) rhythms on Djembés and Dun Dun bass drums along with the ancient Chinese drums and techniques. 

The Perak-born Tan Su Yin made her debut international solo marimba performance in Japan back in 2009 and in 2013, she nabbed the Best Performance award in the Thailand World Music Championship in Pattaya. A year later, Tan Su Yin made her debut percussion concerto performance with the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Dewan Philharmonic Petronas.

Dafra Drum is a multicultural ensemble that performs dance and drumming from the Djeli/Griot tradition of West Africa. The members of the ensemble are from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, the Ivory Coast and the United States. 

Meanwhile, HANDS Percussion (HANDS) is the first and only, fully professional, self-funded, percussion group in Malaysia, and has now become a household name. They have been in the performing arts scene for 20 years now.

*Update 4/7/2017: HANDS Percussion notifies that there has been a change of plans and Florian will not be in the concert as he has returned to France.