The history of wind bands in Malaysia is relatively short as compared with wind band movements in other parts of the world. However, there were significant growth over the past few decades, with effort and support by government organizations, public schools, the parent-teacher associations, community organizations and individuals. Since the beginning of the wind band […]
While performing on the saxophone or guest conducting outside of Malaysia, often I received queries about what Malaysian music is, and where to find them. Malaysian music is as varied, complex, rich, and vibrant as the people themselves. It is such a broad and evolving topic, and I dare not claim an expert to it.
As a Malaysian musician living abroad, I am often asked, “What is Malaysian Music?” The great Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and music educator, Zoltan Kodály wrote, “The compositions of every country, if original, are based on the songs of its own people. That is why their folk songs must be constantly sung, observed, and studied.” (Kodály,