Key Elements

Formed in early 2001, the a cappella group Key Elements is made up of key elements of three older a cappella groups: Chua Kim Beng, Jason Ong and Vaughan Tan were formerly from pioneering outfit ‘IN-A-CHORD’, Chua Hui Lian and Susanna Pua were from Christian group ‘bcoz’, while Benedict Goh was one of the founders of ‘Impromptu’. Although Key Elements is known for its repertoire of jazz standards, the group is equally comfortable doing other genres, from pop to do-wop to even songs in Mandarin and other languages.

 

Key Elements has performed in a number of major events in Singapore. They have sung in the city-state’s most prestigious arts venue, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, several times: at the foyer in Jun 2005 (Flipside); in the theatre in Jul 2005 (Lunchbox); in the outdoor amphitheatre in Sep 2006; and again in the foyer in July 2010 (Jazz in July series). They also opened for The Real Group when the Swedish a cappella group held a concert there in Jan 2007. In addition, Key Elements held their own late night concert at the Recital Studio entitled “Firsts with Key Elements” in May 2009. The group was also one of the headliners (together with 3 other local a cappella groups) in the first "Voices" Festival in December 2013.

 

The group has also had the honour of entertaining Singapore’s President S R Nathan (at a dinner in the National University of Singapore in May 2006) and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (at a dinner in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Apr 2006). Other events include a showcase at the University Cultural Centre in Sep 2005, and performances at the Singapore Silver Screen Awards (Apr 2006) and the Singapore Arts Festival Fringe (Jun 2006).

 

Key Elements held its first ticketed event, Jazz at the Movies, at Victoria Concert Hall on 5 Nov 2005. More recently, they held a sold-out two night concert, entitled Jazz for the Record, at Young Musicians’ Society Auditorium on 6 & 7 Oct 2007.

 

They have also ventured overseas. The first foray was to Taipei, Taiwan, in Aug 2004 – the group was second at the fourth Sing Sing Choral Ensemble Competition. In Feb 2007, they were in Jakarta, Indonesia, to perform at an a cappella festival organised by the Jakarta International School. Key Elements was also invited to take part in an a cappella festival in Seoul, South Korea, in Nov 2007. In April 2008, Key Elements represented Singapore in the annual Genting Jazz Festival in Malaysia. In June 2009, they were invited back to Korea, and this time performed in the Choral Festival held on Jeju Island. In July 2014, the group took part in the prestigious international a cappella competition, Vokal Total, held in Graz, Austria. The group clinched two Silver awards; one for the Pop Category and the other for the Jazz Category. Moreover, the group was also voted Audience Favourite in the Jazz Category.

 

In between, the members found time to record too: a single “Better than Anything” (2005), a full-length album “Jazz for the Record” (2007), an extended play single “天的上面海的外面” (2010), and a full-length, all-original album "Uncovered : A Treasure Trove of Original Works" (2012).

 

To find out more about Key Elements, please visit their website at www.ke.sg


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