This was a concert that needed to be fuelled by two dinners – one before, and one after – because of all the rusty parts of the brain that were creakily set in motion, trying to keep up with the jazz-classical fusion magic that was happening at the Esplanade Recital Studio.
I remember being wow-ed by Kerong years ago at a sadly now-defunct jazz pub in Somerset. On the bass then was Brandon Wong, who, this time, stood in for Desmond White at rehearsals.
Chok Kerong’s music was truly masterful (the little I understood anyway). And there was Ang Shao-wen as conductor (himself an amazing violinist), Chan Yoong-Han on first violin, Roberto Alvarez on flute, Soh Wen Ming astoundingly competent on drums, with Charlie Lim doing some vocals.
(The jazz section seemed to drown out the classical strings quite a bit from where we were sitting.)
Kerong’s effusive praise for his collaborators was the cherry on the top of an already inspiring evening. My neighbours agreed that we would have loved if he had a pre-concert talk or a write-up in the programme to help us appreciate the genius of it more.
Suite in Three Movements
Regression – my favourite!
Tales They Told Me
Figure of Speech