Streaming event: Latiff Mohidin's 'Pago Pago' art series set for a theremin music tribute


  • Arts
  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

Catch Ng’s live musical response to National Gallery Singapore’s ‘Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago’ exhibition on Facebook on Sept 26. Photo: Handout

Ng Chor Guan, a music composer and sound designer for theatre, dance, film and new media, will be appearing on the Art + Live | Resonates With series, presented by National Gallery Singapore on Sept 26.

The free online live performance will be streamed on National Gallery Singapore’s Facebook page tomorrow, starting 2.30pm.

Ng will perform a specially curated repertoire of classical and self-composed pieces inspired by the works of Latiff Mohidin.

This online show is also a unique musical tribute surrounding National Gallery Singapore’s Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago exhibition programme. The exhibit ends on Sept 27.

With the theremin, Ng will use the ethereal sound of this electronic musical instrument to reflect the surreal quality of Latiff’s Pago Pago artworks.

Selected artworks include Pago Pago 69 (Metamorphosis) (1969), Provoke (1965), and Circus Dancer (1963).

The '2020:Timescaper' soundtrack, featuring tracks from stage production by Toccata Studio featuring Ng Chor Guan x Paranormal String Quartet is available on CD now. Photo: Toccata StudioThe '2020:Timescaper' soundtrack, featuring tracks from stage production by Toccata Studio featuring Ng Chor Guan x Paranormal String Quartet is available on CD now. Photo: Toccata Studio

Through this performance, Ng sees links between the lack of touch in his instrument, and how we interact with art in museums and galleries.

A master theremin and French horn player, Ng’s approach is classical and contemporary in equal measure.

His most recent project 2020:Timescaper is also now available as a multimedia art-based CD.

2020:Timescaper is an original theatre work of Petaling Jaya-based Toccata Studio, as part of the experimental production Project 2020, initiated in 2015. A premiere featuring Ng and The Paranormal String Quartet (Germany) was held at Black Box Theatre Salihara in Jakarta last year.

A performance tour for Project 2020 was planned starting this year, but that had to be cancelled due the pandemic.

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