Inspired by Bistro Toulouse-Lautrec, a jazz and poetry club Goh Poh Seng ran in the 1980s, we invite contemporary poets and musicians to interpret Goh's unpublished poems in 2023. Featuring poets Ang Kia Yee, Cyril Wong and Zeha alongside musicians led by pianist, organist and composer Chok Kerong.
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A composer, producer and keyboardist of extraordinary clarity and depth, Chok Kerong has distinguished himself as one of Singapore’s most versatile talents. His work has been performed by artists spanning multiple generations, such as Cultural Medallion winner Jeremy Monteiro, KEYANA, Joanna Dong, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, and Young Artist Award winners Rit Xu and Charlie Lim.
Zeha (b. 2000) is a multi-disciplinary artist. They are interested in dissecting memories to reimagine the past and the humans of the now. They enjoy how malleable language is and loves to construct and deconstruct mainly the Malay and English language to conjure microscopic imageries and paint soundscapes. Their performances centre around the relationships between family, queerness, ethnicity, familiarity and reconciliation.
Ang Kia Yee or kyatos is a practice of writing, performance, and repair. She writes poetry, essays, fiction, and performance texts. Her artistic allegiance is to the transdisciplinary.
Her first book of poetry is Slow Dream Machine (2020). Looser pieces of writing have been published in places like Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Stand Magazine and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; as well as for exhibitions such as REFUSE (Singapore Art Museum) and immaterial bodies (Objectifs).