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The Show Goes On…line: Chok Kerong’s Pitch (2019)

A jazz star seeks the sublime

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Published: 27 May 2020


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Described as “lyrical, funky and aggressively inventive” by The Business Times, Pitch marks Chok Kerong’s long-anticipated follow-up to his genre-defying Eleven, which met with a rapturous reception in 2015. 

Drawn from Pitch, this videorecording of You Have to Leave to Find It was part of a line-up of original compositions and arrangements specifically written by Chok for his jazz ensemble. Knitting R&B/soul, jazz and pop textures with classical chamber music, Pitch is also the pianist and composer’s most ambitious effort to date. Characterised by shape-shifting harmonies, daring chromaticism and instrumental panache, this special highlight reveals a homegrown virtuoso at the top of his form as he continues his quest for the sublime. 

Performed on 27 February 2019 at Esplanade Recital Studio, Pitch was presented by Mosaic Music Series, which seeks to inspire Singapore’s music community by featuring exceptional musicians at the forefront of their fields.

Featuring:

Chok Kerong piano
Ang Shao-Wen conductor
Mat Jodrell trumpet
Nathaniel Gao saxophone
Marques Young trombone
Christina Zhou, Gabriel Lee violin
Christoven Tan viola
Ryan Sim cello
Johannes Felscher bass
Teriver Cheung guitar
Soh Wen Ming drums

Chok Kerong is a Singapore pianist, organist and composer. One of Singapore’s most versatile jazz talents, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by artists such as Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, Ensemble Transience, Charlie Lim and the T’ang Quartet. A Mosaic Associate Artist, he currently teaches music at Lasalle College of the Arts, School of the Arts Singapore and the National Institute of Education. He also mentors young musicians in programmes such as Esplanade's Mosaic Jazz Fellows and the SingJazz Academy.

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