The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) would be featuring CSS Full Member Emily Koh‘s Jia[k] on their YouTube channel tonight at 7:30 PM.
This performance is a world premiere performed and recorded live at the Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore, 10 Apr 2015, by the SSO, conducted by Okko Kamu.
Programme Notes by the composer Emily Koh:
Commissioned by the SSO, Jia[k] is a portmanteau (blend of two or more words or their sounds into a single new word) of the pinyin representation of the Chinese word for ‘home’ – 家 (jiā), and the anglicization of the of the word ‘eat’ or ‘meal’ in the Teochew dialect – 食 (jiak8.) When I was writing this piece, I found myself thinking of home and all the delicious foods I miss that are unique to Singapore – hokkien mee, laksa, nasi lemak, you name it! All I wanted in the months I spent writing this work was to stuff myself silly of all these delicacies at a local hawker feast. This work incorporates the interweaving of different sonic fragments that portray the ordered chaos at a hawker center, and the garbled noises of one’s mouth chewing on a delicious plate of char kuay.