The Chinese character 鼟 (teng) is an untranslatable word for a sound similar to that of a drum. The Teng Ensemble’s music is similarly difficult to characterise, intended to be contemporary, innovative, visionary, urban, and a blend of East and West, old and new, much like the city of Singapore from which the group hails.

Their performance during this year’s George Town Festival is the Teng Ensemble’s first in Penang, yet their music promises to resonate well with the Penang multi-ethnic, urban vibe. Their unique sound, blending electronic and acoustic instruments to perform traditional and contemporary tunes in an energetic and skilful manner, has already been critically acclaimed in Shanghai, Seoul, Manila, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur as well as at home in Singapore. You can get a taste of their music here:


Teng Ensemble will perform at the auditorium on the top floor of the Star Building on Pitt Street, on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August, from 8.30pm until 9.30pm. Please note that there is no usable lift, so you must be prepared to climb the stairs.


Tickets cost RM25, RM65, RM85 and can be purchased from the George Town festival office on Armenian Street or from