“Love Our MacRitchie Forest” Music Video Project

“Love Our MacRitchie Forest” – The Song

A beautiful song, sung by Children of Singapore and Lysa Aya, in support of a campaign to protect Singapore’s natural heritage. Written by Lysa Aya (singer and songwriter with Singaporean roots) and Itaal Shur (Grammy award winning composer and musician), the song for MacRitchie Forest was inspired by a milestone eco-art performance event called “Chained To Our Roots” (22-23 June 2013, Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park, Singapore), where the ‘Love Our MacRitchie Forest’ movement was launched.

The CD panel.
The CD panel.

“Love Our MacRitchie Forest” – The Music Video

This music video is part of a campaign to raise awareness for a precious primeval forest in the heart of urban Singapore. MacRitchie Forest, within the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, holds the largest stand of primary forest in Singapore, and is refuge for many native plants and animals. Some species are known nowhere else in Singapore. As such, these species may be lost from Singapore if the forest is disturbed. The environmental music project is co-produced by Teresa Teo Guttensohn and Vilma D’Rozario in Singapore, and by Lysa Aya in NYC, USA (Jun 2013 to Feb 2014).

DVD pullout booklet:

Music Video DVD pullout booklet

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Love Our MacRitchie Forest (Official Video) – launched on 14 Feb 2014

Support the re-routing of the Cross Island Line. Sign the Show of Support NOW for MacRitchie Forest of Singapore: http://tinyurl.com/lta-crl

Lyrics
Movements

Credits


LOVE OUR MACRITCHIE FOREST / an environmental music project
Produced by : TERESA TEO GUTTENSOHN, VILMA D’ROZARIO (SINGAPORE), LYSA AYA (NYC)
Composed by : LYSA AYA and ITAAL SHUR (NYC)
Sung by : LYSA AYA (NYC), CHILDREN OF SINGAPORE AND INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS
Recorded at : ATLANTIC SOUND STUDIOS (NYC) and DREAMBOX STUDIOS (SINGAPORE)
Produced by : ITAAL SHUR (NYC)
Mixed by : EBER PINHEIRO (NYC)
Directed by : LIVIA CHEIBUB (NYC)
Edited by : LIVIA CHEIBUB (NYC)
Lysa Aya Footage by : SHACHAR LANGLEV at Sundance, Utah, USA
NYC Studio Footage by : REID ARNSTEIN c/o PAUL HECK AND CO.
Special Thanks to : EBER PINHEIRO, ITAAL SHUR, JAY DENES, KWYN BADER, LIMORE SHUR, LIVIA CHEIBUB, LYDIA WONG, MICHAEL ROSSATO BENNETT, REID ARNSTEIN & PAUL HECK and SHACHAR LANGLEV for donating their time, talent and support (NYC) 
Special Thanks to : TIA ANDREA GUTTENSOHN and SIMRAN DADLANI for Kid’s Choreography
Singapore Footage Directed by : TERRENCE NG, DREAMBOX STUDIOS (SINGAPORE)
Additional Footage Shot by : TERESA TEO GUTTENSOHN and VILMA D’ROZARIO (SINGAPORE)

Grateful thanks to all singing and supporting participants, students, teachers, including all children, families and volunteers not featured in MV.

Participants Featured in Music Video : 
70+ STRONG STUDENT CHOIR; CHILDREN OF SINGAPORE; INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL STUDENTS; ISAAC, LEANNE, JAYSON AND GLENN LIM; KUNAN AND KAMAL; LYSA AYA; SACRED HEART CHURCH CHOIR HK; TIA ANDREA GUTTENSOHN, SIMRAN DADLANI, ALVINA POON, AND JOHN LAM; VILMA D’ROZARIO and TERESA TEO GUTTENSOHN with INEZ AND KEIANA REIHANZ, MARIA OSHIGE, and MARK STRANGE;

Song Movements Choreographed by: TIA ANDREA GUTTENSOHN, SIMRAN DADLANI and LYDIA WONG
Song Movements Demonstrated by : TIA ANDREA GUTTENSOHN and JOHN LAM

Generous thanks to all for forest footage donated.

Forest and Biodiversity Footage by :
ANDIE ANG (Banded Leaf Monkey);
ANONYMOUS (Slow Loris, Clouded Monitor Lizard, Green Crested Lizard, Wagler’s Pit Viper, Giant forest tree);
ANTHONY QUEK (Forest canopy, Green Crested Lizard, Copper-cheeked Frog);
JAIEDEN ACE SHEN (Malayan Colugo);
JEREMIAH LOEI (Blue-rumped Parrot, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Wild Pig, Greater Racket-tailed Drongos, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher feeding chicks);
JYRKI HOKKANEN (Leopard Cat);
KETAN ATMO www.filmingnature.com (Crimson Sunbird);
KUCHINGA PRODUCTIONS (MacRitchie forest from above);
LEONG TZI MING (Long-tailed Macaques, Spotted Tree Frog, Common Flying Lizard, Common Flangetail Dragonfly, Oriental Whip Snake, Moth caterpillars);
MATT LIM (Sunda Pangolin);
PORNCHAI CHOLCHATETAKUL (Lesser Mousedeer);
MICKEY CHAN (Oriental Pied Hornbill, Collared Kingfisher);
RYAN MICHAEL CHIN (Banded Woodpecker);
SEBASTIAN Y (Malayan Colugo and baby);
SGBEACHBUM (Banded Woodpecker);
SUN CHONG HONG (Singapore Rhododendron and Bee, Birds flying);
TAN LENG SEOW (Spotted Wood-Owls);
TEECUBEABLE (Coppersmith Barbet);
ZHE XU (MacRitchie at sunset)

Special Assistance from : ANDREW TAY, CHLOE TAN, DAVID TAN, JOSEPH LAI, LEONG TZI MING, KELVIN LIM, MARCUS CHUA, NORMAN LIM, SEAN YAP, TONY O’DEMPSEY, and WEE YEOW CHIN

Campaign Website and Video Channel Administrated by: CHLOE TAN AND DAVID TAN (SINGAPORE)

Radio Podcasts


Podcast 1 – Song debut and interview with Lysa Aya [Dec 2013]

Podcast 2 part 1- Interview with Lysa Aya [6 Jan 2014]

Podcast 2 part 2 – Interview with Teresa Guttensohn [6 Jan 2014]

Podcast 2 part 3 – Interview with Vilma D’Rozario [6 Jan 2014]

Making of the Music Video

In September 2013, children and adults came together to film the “Love Our MacRitchie Forest” Music Video. We hope that the voices of our children will be heard, and our natural heritage will be kept intact for generations to come. Read what a child has to say as he reflects on the event and the wonders of MacRitchie Forest – “The MacRitchie Story” by Mark Wen Strange, 11 – link

More photos from the making of the Music Video – link

Giving nature a voice - filming of the "Love Our MacRitchie Forest" Music Video.
Giving nature a voice – filming of the “Love Our MacRitchie Forest” Music Video.

 Related links:

  • Save MacRitchie Forest: 20. “Love MacRitchie Forest” Song Debut and Radio Interview by Bird Ecology Study Group – link
  • Save MacRitchie Forest: 21. Music Video “Love MacRitchie Forest” by Bird Ecology Study Group – link
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4 thoughts on ““Love Our MacRitchie Forest” Music Video Project

  1. This is a wonderful song with a very clear message. I hope these beautiful children will inspire policy makers to reconsider the destruction of precious biodiversity in Singapore. This movement could serve as hope and a model for future generations. If only human’s drive to build, destroy, colonise, pollute could slow down to enable better more sustainable approaches to “progress”. We would have a better world.

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