MUSIC

"Having heard the entire work from start to end, I can only conclude that Passage will become one of the great concertos in the Singaporean canon of compositions. Concentrated within 16 minutes, it is a very moving piece of music, distinguished by a strong power of the narrative and exotic instrumental colour."
- Chang Tou Liang, The Straits Times, 2012
Perayaan - performed by Orchestra Collective in August 2014

Selections

A DREAM RETURNED

(1997)

 

Floating in a dreamscape of recurring lush and contrastingly stark landscapes. Mysteriously intimate and revealing only with another dream-walker. 

BROKEN REFLECTION

(1999)

 

Trying to remember, lost in thoughts, in time, in memories. Lost. Like the broken pieces of her reflection.  

DECONSTRUCTION

(1998)

 

Drawing from the sounds of a mechanical action organ, a canvas of sounds are layered into a composite of textured events and eventually peeled away into a single event. 

A Dream Returned - Ho Chee Kong
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Broken Reflection - Ho Chee Kong
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Deconstruction - Ho Chee Kong
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It was a welcome re-encounter with Singaporean Ho Chee Kong’s Shades of Oil Lamps, commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival in 2008 and premiered by London Sinfonietta and Masson. Over a spirited counterpoint of percussion (woodblock, gong and marimba), a Chinatown storyteller spins a tantalising yarn, regales and draws his audience in before abruptly leaving it hanging as he collects hand-outs. A marvellous piece of musical characterisation that will be often heard, one hopes.
- The Straits Times, 2012

EVENING LIGHTS

(2007)

 

Strolling along the Queen Elizabeth Walk. Bright modern lights illuminate memories from the past, struggling to be remembered. 

GARDEN IN A LABYRINTH

(1998)

 

From an elusive portal, through the winding labyrinth, triumphantly reaching a beautiful garden suspended in time.

LAST DRAGONFLY DANCE

(2010)

 

蜻蜓點水, a dragonfly dancing delicately above the soft rippling waters. 

Evening Lights - Ho Chee Kong
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Garden in a Labyrinth - Ho Chee Kong
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Last Dragonfly Dance - Ho Chee Kong
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MOBILES (1997)

 

Sunlight shines on the colorful figurines on mobiles and a dancing myriad of colors is cast off as hanging glass ornaments spin and twirl, gently and freely.

NIGHT (2003)

 

Dedicated to the heroic efforts of all the medical staff who worked hard to save their patients stricken with SARS.

            Night, another one rises.

            the skies move, it takes its place.

            Without a farewell,

            that fleeting moment in time,

            your face is fading

            into the Night.

NIGHT OF ELECTRIC WINDS (2004)

 

Chinese orchestral sounds are transformed through the computer creating a soundscape where swirling energies collide, bringing the new and old together to create a dazzling display of lights and sounds.
 

Mobiles - Ho Chee Kong
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Night - Ho Chee Kong
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Night of Electric Winds - Ho Chee Kong
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OF PASSION AND PASSAGES

(2007)

 

Celebrating the ‘Can Do’ spirit.

SAEYA SAEYA

(1999)

 

OLD BIRD, OLD BIRD           SAEYA  SAEYA

Old bird, old bird                 Saeya, saeya

-- you old green bird,          -- paran saeya,

Do not sit down on              Noktu batei

the noktu bush.                   anji mara.

If the noktu flowers            Noktu kochi

fall on the ground,               toroji m'yon.

 

Then the Jonman will go    Jon po jangsa

Crying away,                         Ulgo ganda,

Crying away.                         Ulgo ganda.

SHORELINE

(2013)

 

Warm breath gently flows

painting nights in misty white

to follow or dream

 

Cold seas rush inward

on edge with breath lingering

to rest or follow

 

Seas coldly seeps in

covering stars from the skies

to dream or to live

Of Passion and Passages - Ho Chee Kong
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Saeya Saeya - Ho Chee Kong
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Shoreline - Ho Chee Kong
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SPRING BLOSSOMS

(1999)

 

This work displays an energetic spirit and vitality with the coming of Spring. It signifies the noble character of the plum blossom that can face up to any diversity and triumph in the end. 

TEMBUSU EVENINGS

(2008)

 

The Tembusu is a hardy tree that is native in Southeast Asia. Its canopy of leaves provides welcome shade in the equatorial climate and its flowers exude a fragrance that grows stronger as the night deepens. Tembusu Evenings is a little suite of stories surrounding this majestic tree and the misty memories that unfold under its leafy folds. This is the first of five short movements.

PASSAGE- FANTASY FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA

 

 

Spring Blossoms - Ho Chee Kong
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Tembusu Evenings - Ho Chee Kong
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Passage - Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra - Ho Chee Kong
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