For the Record: Herbie Hancock

A Talk by Chok Kerong

“Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music…[his] success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the annals of this century’s visionaries.” – allaboutjazz

Herbie Hancock’s influence on music is immense. He is admired for his prowess as a pianist, prolificacy as a composer and overall relentless pursuit of artistic growth and expansion. This talk explores Hancock’s vast body of work, which contains the best of every subgenre of jazz imaginable: from straight-ahead acoustic jazz with his own groups and the second Miles Davis Quintet, to groundbreaking forays into funk, and his recent projects which saw him collaborating with artists from the pop world.

About the speaker

In 2008, Chok Kerong became the first jazz musician to be awarded the National Arts Council’s Overseas Arts Scholarship. Since graduating from the Manhattan School of Music with a Master’s degree in jazz performance, he has developed into a striking pianist, organist and composer whose work exhibits a keen intellect combined with emotional depth. His music has been described as being “permeated with texture and a rich sonic color palette” (criticaljazz.com) and “no-nonsense jazz pulled like taffy from the sticky pot of 1960s classic jazz celebrity” (lajazz.com).

Kerong is much sought-after in the music community. Highlights include performing with renowned names in jazz such as Steve Wilson and John Riley, writing arrangements for T’ang Quartet, and composing for vocalist Rani Singam. He is also an integral part of singer-songwriter Charlie Lim’s band, The Mothership, regularly performing rock, soul, hip hop and pop hybrids to sold-out crowds.

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Sat Aug 30, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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