CHOK Kerong has established himself as one of Singapore’s most versatile talents. Committed to jazz, the pianist and organist has performed with artists such asSteve Wilson, John Riley, Yotam Silberstein and Alex Sipiagin. Chok’s arrangements and compositions have been performed by luminaries like Jeremy Monteiro, Rani Singam, the T’ang Quartet, the Singapore Wind Symphony, The Jazz Association of Singapore Youth Jazz Orchestra, and his own chamber ensemble ELEVEN. Disquiet, commissioned by the Singapore Symphony Group for the Victoria Concert Hall Organ Series, is Chok’s first chamber work for pipe organ and strings, and was performed by eminent organist Dr Margaret Chen in August 2017. Most recently, his compositions were featured in Hong Kong as part of ‘Departure’, a chamber ensemble project helmed by guitarist and composer Teriver Cheung.
Chok’s current working band with guitarist Andrew Lim and drummer Soh Wen Ming is regarded as one of the finest ensembles to emerge from Singapore. The organ trio’s music reflects the members’ deep dedication to swing, the blues, and an aesthetic that favours authenticity above all. In 2016, the trio became the first Singaporean ensemble to perform at the world renowned Tokyo Jazz Festival. Tales They Told Me, Chok’s second album as a leader, features this trio, and was released in July 2017.
Chok also works outside the straight ahead jazz scene, most notably as the organist/ keyboardist for eminent singer-songwriter Charlie Lim, where Chok’s many influences coalesce with his foundational sensibility as a pop musician. On Lim’s critically acclaimed double EP Time/Space, he channels the spirit of the early jazz masters on Blah Blah Blues, adds shades of gospel on Bitter and contributes a melancholic arrangement for strings that accompanies Light Breaks In. He has also been working actively with Red Roof Records as music director, arranger and pianist for rising star vocalist Joanna Dong.