Danny Loong and Edward Chia are two innovators whose love of music had brought Singapore one of the most innovative music venues in Singapore, Timbre…
Danny, bandleader and founder of one of Singapore’s top bands Ublues, regarded as one of the premier blues bands in Asia. Having performed in Malaysia, Australia and received critical acclaim in USA, representing Singapore when they reached the semi-final at the “International Blues Challenge”in Memphis USA, Ublues even performed in Chicago’s famed blues club Buddy Guy’s Legends in 2003.
One of many major highlights for the band was to share the same billing with James Brown, Jackson Browne, Robben Ford and many other music greats at the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival at Byron Bay Australia in April 2004. The band was also the first Asian band to be invited to perform in the festival’s 15 years history.
Danny (right) founded and co-manages Ublues Group with Edward Chia, an event and artiste management company whose impressive roster of past projects includes the Ublues Fest 2002 & 2003, Chijmes Blues Series 2002 & 2003, Heineken Ublues Xperiment Tour, Heineken StarBar Festival and the Jazz Series at the Sentosa Golf Club. Danny and Edward sit on the board for Arts for Us All, a youth organisation dedicated to promoting arts and raising money for charity.
Edward has been an active youth and arts activist and event organizer for the last 4 years and is the founder and chairman of the aforementioned youth organisation, Arts for Us All (AFUA), a registered non-for-profit organisation primarily seeking to promote active involvement and awareness of the Arts by Singaporean youth.
AFUA, a non-profit, is entirely composed of a team of volunteers motivated by their own passion for the arts, and aims to create a critical mass in line with Singapore’s aspiration to become a Renaissance city with a genuine arts culture. Created and run overwhelmingly by youths aged below and early 20s, AFUA seeks to promote “Arts For Us All”- projecting the arts as an integral part of the average Singaporean’s life, not an exclusive niche.
Key events by AFUA include Jazz Up at the Arts House (A regional, Jam Series (performances at Singapore’s heartlands) and HopeJam (a charity concert in inspired by the recent Asian Tsunami. AFUA’s monthly local music event and flea market promoting young Singapore bands, OpenStage, has attracted an average of 300 people each time and have received support from the arts community as well as the media.
As part of this vision of a music rich Singapore, Danny and Edward run Timbre, of which the original location at The Substation was billed as a “Music Oasis within the City”
Tucked away from the maddening crowd – in a hidden, dew-kissed nook at Armenian Street, a fresh fusion of music and food has planted itself among the waving leafy fronds. It’s rustic tranquility sweeps one back to more youthful days when things were less complicated and everything was forward and its al fresco setting amidst the hustle and bustle of town allows one to gaze at the night sky in quiet contemplation – an isle of calm amidst a busy city.
Situated at The Substation Garden with ample parking lots (free parking after 5pm), Timbre is directly opposite the Singapore Management University (SMU) city campus and within the rapidly developing arts belt and museum circuit. Dine alfresco, while you rest your eyes on refreshing henna and teak hued furnishings and foliage. Or quench your thirst at our slickly designed outdoor bar with an extend platform bar.
Now imagine experiencing all this with the backdrop of Timbre’s delicious a la carte menu of Singapore ‘s homegrown talent of music and arts, as it brings together and holds host to the rising circuitry of local expression. (Operational hours – Open every day – 6pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 6pm-2.30am.)
The newer location, Timbre @ The Arts House provides “Music Serenity by the River”within a beautifully restored historical building lies a new music enclave amongst calm waters and peaceful streams. Timbre continues to create waves with added flavours to its a la carte menu of Singapore talents within its new cosy and comfortable ambience.
Enjoy its widest range of pizzas thus far (20 different types), tapas, salads & desserts on comfortable sofas while enjoying live music performances on a specially designed timbre stage in front of the beautiful backdrop of lights of Boat Quay and the Singapore River. Contemplate on its timeless beauty.
Situated at the beautifully restored Old Parliament House, Timbre has great company surrounded by important buildings of arts and history such as the Asian Civilisation Museum (ACM) and Victoria Concert Hall with parking available at the public car park nearby or at the New Parliament House car park. Convenient valet services are available too. (Operational Hours – Monday to Thursday 6pm-1am, Friday & Saturday 6pm-2am, Closed on Sundays.)
Their latest location is Timbre @ Old School, has to be our favourite location, located atop Mt Sophia, the former school compound (hence the name “Old School”) which is now a peacefully relaxing estate housing the creative buzz of Singapore’s hipster elite.
This location is not just a great place to listening to acoustic jams while enjoying cocktails and food, but is a perfect location for company and association parties, due to the ample parking and wide-open spaces. The catering is sumptuous, with a wide selection of tapas, pastas and the ever-popular Timbre pizzas.
Timbre @ The Substation (Head Office) 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936 Tel: +65 6338 8277 Fax: +65 6338 8077, Timbre @ The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-04, Singapore 179429 Tel: +65 6336 3386 Fax: +65 6337 6321, Timbre @ Old School, 11A Mount Sophia, #01-05, Singapore 228465.
Please visit www.timbre.com.sg for info, reservations, map and directions.