第一章
by Joanna Dong

RELEASE DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2021 @ 12:00AM

UTOPIA Reimagined Kenny LowAlbum Cover Artwork by Kenny Low

Singaporean jazz singer Joanna Dong’s new single titled 《第一章》was released on 24 September on major digital platforms, the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined Series – an initiative by The Foundation that will see four artists reimagine the UTOPIA Symphony inspired by Singapore, written by a Russian composer and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I returned to thinking about one of the core tenets put forth by that ancient text – that of ‘wu wei’(无为). Literally translated to mean ‘inaction’, I understand it to mean ‘effortless action’, or ‘non-contrivance’, which in common parlance, is what we mean by ‘going with the flow’.”
— Joanna Dong

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Four popular and award-winning local artistes will reimagine the Singapore-inspired UTOPIA Symphony in their own styles as part of the UTOPIA Reimagined series by Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise.

The four – Aisyah Aziz, Charlie Lim, Joanna Dong, and ShiGGa Shay – will release singles that are inspired by different aspects of the UTOPIA Symphony, and show their unique take on what “utopia” means to them. They previously took part in the “One Million Towards UTOPIA” campaign, where they gathered for a series of roundtable discussion on the importance of the arts.

The four singles will be progressively released in the coming months on major digital platforms.

Complete freedom was given to the artists in the creative process, including their choice of artistes to work with, and the production of their music. Aisyah co-wrote her track with Haroun, and produced by Adir. Aisyah features on ShiGGa Shay’s track, which is produced by superjdoug, with Charlie helping out on vocal production. Charlie is also executive producer on Joanna’s track, co-written with pianist and composer Chok Kerong, who she has performed with numerous times.

Local artist Kenny Low, who did the album art for the London Philharmonic Orchestra release, will also provide the album art for the UTOPIA Series.

Arts Charity UTOPIA Reimagined Aisyah Aziz
RELEASE DATE: 29 OCTOBER 2021

Aisyah Aziz

UTOPIA Reimagined Kenny Low Album Cover by Kenny Low

“The UTOPIA Reimagined campaign is a campaign to be real,” says Aisyah. “Wanting to make waves puts so much pressure on the artist. In the process of creating this track, I felt like I could be honest with my writer. The campaign, too, is distinctive in how the final tracks are all going to sound different from one another, and that it is a collaborative Singapore effort.”

Arts Charity UTOPIA Reimagined ShiGGA Shay
RELEASE DATE: 19 NOVEMBER 2021

ShiGGA Shay

UTOPIA Reimagined Kenny LowAlbum Cover by Kenny Low

Hip-hop star ShiGGa Shay is not just a rapper but a music producer and film-maker. Being a force to be reckoned with in Southeast Asia, he creates earworms through his use of his hometown venucular – Singlish – and his storytelling gift of witty punchlines. His is produced by superjdoug, with Charlie Lim helping out on vocal production.

The Foundation UTOPIA Reimagined Charlie Lim
RELEASE DATE: 10 DECEMBER 2021

Charlie Lim

UTOPIA Reimagined Kenny LowAlbum Cover by Kenny Low

Charlie Lim is one of Singapore’s finest song writers/singers. Stretched between acoustic melancholia, neo-soul, post-rock and electronic-pop – the extremities that mark Charlie Lim’s music, is a certain sense of cinematic gravitas that takes you on a sonic journey set against the rich narratives of life’s tales.

He is the executive producer on Joanna Dong’s UTOPIA Reimagined track and helped out on ShiGGA Shay’s vocal production.

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Press Release: Singaporean jazz singer Joanna Dong’s new single titled 《第一章》will be released on 24 September on major digital platforms, the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined Series (“the Series”) – an initiative by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise (“The Foundation”) that will see four artists reimagine a symphony inspired by Singapore, written by a Russian composer and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).

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