OneBeat Alumni Lead Sharing Session at the Kuala Lumpur Lincoln Corner

A group shot with the audience and OneBeat alumni, Neil and Guan at the end of the session. (U.S. Embassy photo)
OneBeat 2014 Alumni Neil Chua explaining to a member of the audience who had an interest in the traditional Ruan instrument. (U.S. Embassy photo)
OneBeat 2014 Alumni Neil Chua explaining to a member of the audience who had an interest in the traditional Ruan instrument. (U.S. Embassy photo) 

As part of the Public Affairs Section’s efforts to promote cultural exchange programs, OneBeat alumni Neil Chua and Chor Guan shared their music and stories from America with an audience at the Kuala Lumpur Lincoln Corner. The program was held on Thursday, February 18, at the Galleri Insipirasi KL of the Kuala Lumpur City Library. Approximately 40 people attended the event, including students, music school lecturers, staff from local colleges, families and friends of the alumni, and members of the public.

During their session, the fellows shared stories of their exciting experiences during their OneBeat residencies in United States. Neil and Chor Guan spent two weeks at the Montalvo Art Center in California, followed by a two week tour of selected states. Both musicians valued the opportunity to meet and work with musicians from around the world and create original works during the OneBeat residency. Neil and Guan impressed the audience with their amazing skills during their solo performances, with Neil playing the traditional instrument call the ruanand Guan playing the Theremin, the first electronic musical instrument.

At the end of the session, both artists were presented with certificates for completing their OneBeat fellowship and spoke with members of the audience.