Video: UTOPIA Reimagined: The First Chapter – An Interview with Joanna Dong and Chok Kerong

Sep 24, 2021 | Highlights, Joanna Dong, Videos

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ABOUT UTOPIA REIMAGINED SERIES

Singapore jazz singer Joanna Dong’s new single titled “Chapter One” was released on 24 September on major digital platforms, the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined Series – an initiative by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise. Joanna’s single that reimagines a symphony inspired by Singapore, and written by a Russian composer, is the first of four scheduled to be released progressively in the coming months. Co-written by Joanna and jazz pianist, organist and composer Chok Kerong, 《第章》is Joanna’s take on Vladimir Martynov’s UTOPIA Symphony that was recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra on its own LPO label and released last November. The Symphony was commissioned in 2003 by then Ambassador to Russia Michael Tay, who currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation.It was reworked in 2019 for the LPO recording, with choral parts now containing English translation of the Tao Te Ching texts.

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VIDEO CREDITS

Video produced, shot and edited by Dynn Othman UTOPIA Reimagined: Release Date: 24 September 2021 Words: Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Composer: 卓可荣 Chok Kerong Arranger Arranger: 卓Chok Kerong Producers: Chok Kerong, Dong Ziyan, Joanna Dong Conductor: Weng Shaowen Ang Shao-wen Vocalist: Dong Ziyan Joanna Dong Guitarist Guitarist: Lou Kaiwen Kevin Loh Violinist Violinists: Lu Kaiyuan David Loke, Li Gebiao Gabriel Lee Viola player Violist: Chen Qingyin Edward Tan Cellist player Cellist: Shen Guanjie Ryan Sim Chorus Additional Vocals: Lin Yu Charlie Lim Recording, Mix, and Mastering Engineer: Gao Yang Gao Yang Recording and Mastering Studio: Pavane Recording Studio “UTOPIA Reimagined” Executive Producer: “UTOPIA Reimagined” Executive Music Producer: Lin Yu Charlie Lim Marketing and Press: Xie Jing Jing Seah, Hong Shaoxiang Alfred Ang Artiste Management: Xie Jing Jing Seah, Hong Shaoxiang Alfred Ang Music Copyright Original Publisher:Chok Kerong Single Cover Artwork: Liu Weisong Kenny Low Commissioned by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise Commissioned by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise

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