Note For Note: #skintones


23 Jun 2018, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM




Note for Note is a tête-à-tête between poet and musician. Collaborating both in form and content, these artists will take to the stage to perform original works. Much like successful fusion cuisine, there is a natural harmony between the rhythms of poetry and music. Musicians bring their own eclectic genres to the poets' table, resulting in a tasting palette that is rich with intertwined layers of meaning.

In this upcoming edition, each pairing explores the theme of #skintones. The featured pairings are Singapore Literature Prize winning poet Joshua Ip with multi-faceted keyboardist Chok Kerong, award-winning slam poet Stephanie Dogfoot with singer-songwriter Zee Aura, and Australian spoken word artist Will Beale with punk musician Haiz Bastard.

This performance is presented as part of Poetry with Music series by The Arts House.

About the Poets

William Beale is an Australian spoken word artist, “a boy howling his way into the world," and the author/composer of They Call Us Loud. Currently in Singapore, he performs internationally and was the recent recipient of Canada's Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity's 2017 Spoken Word program, studying under Buddy Wakefield and Tanya Evanson. William represented Victoria at the Australian Poetry Slam 2016, and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Esplanade, Georgetown Literary Festival, Ubud Writers Festival, White Night Melbourne, and more. As a convener and producer of the arts, he's the Former Creative Producer of Slamalamadingdong and Co-founder of If Walls Could Talk. You can find his words at

Stephanie Dogfoot is an award-winning writer and performer who has won national poetry slams in the UK and Singapore. She has performed in over 11 countries and her work has been featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and Glastonbury Festival, among many others. Stephanie founded and runs Singapore’s newest poetry open mic night, Spoke & Bird, which features local and international artists. She is also a co-editor of the Singapore Poetry Writing Month 2017 and 2018 anthologies. Her first poetry collection, Roadkill for Beginners, will be published by Math Paper Press later this year.

Joshua Ip is a poet, editor, and literary organiser. He has published four poetry collections with Math Paper Press, won the Singapore Literature Prize for his debut, sonnets from the singlish, and placed in three different categories of the Golden Point Award. He has edited seven anthologies, including the A Luxury We Cannot Afford and SingPoWriMo series. He co-founded Sing Lit Station, an overactive literary charity that runs community initiatives including SingPoWriMo, Manuscript Bootcamp, and the world’s first wrestling/performance-poetry hybrid, Sing Lit Body Slam. He received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council (Singapore) in 2017.

About the Musicians

Zeeaura! a singer-songwriter and music educator based in Singapore, uses music and words to share her experiences. Rather than measuring success by financial stability and excellence in academics, she believes that art is a way to bring people together to create a stronger sense of community and serves as an alternative way of learning. Her compositions have brought her numerous opportunities to work with various organisations such as the National Arts Council (NAC), The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS), Esplanade, the Breast Cancer Foundation (B CF) and other local entities supporting the arts.Her belief in arts education is constantly reaffirmed by her experience of teaching at primary and secondary schools, pre-schools, community centres, private tutoring and, most memorably, Singapore Prisons and Singapore Girls' Home.

Hafiz also known as Hafiz Bastard in the punk community. An active member in the local and international punk hardcore scene since he was 15 years old. Having an early interest in music from his dad who play in rock bands back in the 80's, but his love for punk started out when he was 13. Heavy influenced by friends in school and around the neighbourhood. Discovered the local punk scene through word of mouth and also through reading local fanzines and going to shows mostly held at the youthpark and The Substation during the late 90's till now. He was mainly involved in Singapore's first automous punk run venue/house call BLACKHOLE 212 in 2009-2010 and is currently active in hardcore/punk bands like Daily Ritual,Lubricant and Sial. Through the years he have been playing and touring internationally in most parts of SE Asia, Japan,Australia and Europe. Daily Ritual toured Europe for a month in June 2015, playing 27 shows in 27 different cities including Europe's biggest DIY hardcore punk festival K-TOWN HARDCORE FEST in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lubricant did an Australia tour last year and in June 2017 they did a 10 day Scandinavian tour which also included K-TOWN HARDCORE FEST. Hafiz also does poster art for shows , organising shows and regional tours for international bands for the past 8 years. Contributes information and interviews for zines including the longest running fanzine in the world, Maximum rocknroll.

Pianist, organist and composer Chok Kerong has established himself as one of Singapore’s most versatile talents. His 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 Singapore Symphony Group for the Victoria Concert Hall Organ Series, is Chok's first work featuring the pipe organ, and was performed by eminent organist Dr Margaret Chen with a string ensemble in August 2017. Committed to jazz, Chok’s current working band with guitarist Andrew Lim and drummer Soh Wen Ming is regarded as one of the finest groups to emerge from Singapore. Tales They Told Me, Chok’s second album as a leader, features this trio, and was released in July 2017.

Photo credit

Chok Kerong (Image courtesy of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay)

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