Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Switch – Bilingual Live Music Bar & Restaurant
Going back to its roots of conceptualising live music venues, Timbre Group reveals its latest offering Switch, a bilingual English and Mandarin live music bar and restaurant located in the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah.
What sets Switch apart from other Timbre live music bar is its deliberate approach to include live performances in the Mandarin language genre. Resident artists of Switch are a crop of up-and-coming Singaporean musicians versatile in both English and Mandarin repertoires; hand picked by Danny Loong, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of Timbre Group. With a total of 16 resident artists, nightly performances range from intimate duo sets on Mondays to a rocking 6-piece band on weekends. Other programming plans include bringing in independent Mandarin or Mandarin/English bilingual acts every two months from the region.
“After two years of expanding into other F&B concepts and exploring other music-related businesses, it’s now a good time to come back to how we started out. We have always been motivated to continually come up with creative concepts for live music. After observing the scene for the last few years, we have decided to take a slightly different approach to live music – one that caters to the growing bilingual music landscape that Singapore enjoys – hence the idea for Switch.” said Mr Edward Chia, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Timbre Group.
In a market saturated with venues presenting mostly English acts, Switch hopes to carve out a niche presenting the best of both worlds.
“Switch was an idea crafted and developed from ground up about one and a half years ago as we realise that there is a lack of live venues presenting Singaporean Chinese musicians who were equally amazing and comfortable performing in both languages. We didn’t want to alienate the Singaporeans who may still be more comfortable communicating in English so Switch was the result to bridge both languages through music. It brings out the uniqueness that is bilingual Singapore, which we feel should be celebrated much more.” added Mr. Danny Loong.
Switch can hold up to an audience of 300 pax for live shows. The stage is well equipped with a full back line musical instruments to support full bands, Audio-Technica products and DAS Audio sound system – comparable to other intimate and specialised concert venues in Singapore. On the aesthetic front, walls are covered in bold and quirky murals by designer Sean Koh; freely hand painted by graffiti artist Trase Oner. Ordinary house hold items were given a new lease of life by remodeling them into decorative lighting and many of the tables were created by recyclable pallets.
Running as a full-service restaurant between the hours of 6pm to 10pm, Switch serves up a mix of established Timbre favourites of thin-crust pizzas, buffalo wings and new cuisine ideas of fresh, Asian-teased tapas, pastas and main courses. Drink specials also include a range of tea-infusion cocktails.
Switch operates from Monday to Saturday, 6pm until late. Reservations are welcome and can be made online at www.timbregroup.asia.
Resident Artists Schedule:
DAY/TIME – ARTIST
Monday 8.00pm – 11.00pm – LGF Duo
Tuesday 8.30pm – 11.45pm – Cheryl & The Switch Gang (acoustic)
Wednesday 9.00pm – 12.15am – Ground Zero featuring Kelly Arrow (acoustic)
Thursday 9.00pm – 12.15am – Kexin & Alfred with The Switch Gang
Friday 9.30pm – 1.00am – The Switch Gang feat. Cheryl & Leon
Saturday 9.30pm – 1.00am – Ground Zero featuring Kelly Arrow
For more information on Switch.