This was my first event as a blogger in Singapore and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Yamaha Music with Silent Disco Asia and FabCafe held Singapore’s first ever silent piano concert on Dec 21, 2017. It was held at night at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay. And we were there to witness it all!
Young and mighty talented pianist Li Churen played several pieces on Yamaha’s hybrid Silent Piano. As the presenter pointed out, it’s built for regular people like us who live in apartments. It’s fitted with a magnificent “Quiet Mode”. In this mode, you can play the piano and listen to yourself play live on a set of headphones attached directly to the instrument.
Of course, you can play it loud like humanity has been doing since Bartolomeo Cristofori invented it in 1700. But you can choose to step into the future, especially for those midnight sessions. Your neighbours will perhaps be the happiest.
With Marina Bay, lit up in all its glory, for a backdrop, a small group of men, women and children put on their SilentDisco headphones and experienced something entirely new. Once during the performance, I took off my headphones and heard absolutely nothing in a space full of people. It was beautiful.
If I had to describe the feeling, I’d perhaps compare it to that moment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where Vice Admiral Holdo rams the Resistance’s cruiser right through Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship at light speed. You almost stopped breathing, all your senses are at their peak and life itself seems like it’s in slow motion. Okay fine, the Silent Piano concert wasn’t exactly like the epic collision but it was a close. #RIPViceAdmiralHoldo