Suite from Laksa Cantata 
(2013/2018)

I. Laksa Aria performed at Orford Music Festival, Canada

II. Agree to disagree performed by Trio Oriens, Houston

Instrumentation: piano trio

violin, violoncello, piano

Duration: 9'


I. Laksa Aria 5'
II. Agree to Disagree 4'

These two movements are adapted from an aria and a duet from the chamber opera Laksa Cantata, a Singaporean twist on J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata. It was originally scored for soprano, baritone, violin, clarinet, violoncello and piano.

In Laksa Aria, the groom Stephen confesses about his indulgent love of laksa - he really wants it to be served on his wedding banquet! He waxes lyrical about a steaming bowl of laksa, describing its velvety gravy as a 'sensuous brew', and how the flowing beehoon (white noodles), the taupok (beancurd puff) and the hae (prawn) makes him swoon...

After a compromise in an attempt to resolve the tension, Stephen and his bride-to-be Leah launch into the dance-like duet Agree to Disagree. Leah then takes a step back and agrees to have laksa at their wedding, while Stephen forgoes his initial idea – claiming that he’ll give up laksa for the good of their relationship. 

The suite has been performed at the Orford Music Festival (Canada), Phoenix Trio (Baltimore) and the Trio Oriens (Houston).

(See Laksa Cantata, chamber opera)