"I don't remember much from that day, but this wasn't my first time in Singapore. I was probably meeting friends, eating good food and going to Sim Lim Tower to buy electronics."
From the early 2000s, the Norwegian noise and experimental music scene became influential to the burgeoning scene in Singapore.
Local musician, artist and curator, Yuen Chee Wai contacted Oslo-based record label Smalltown Supersound and invited John Hegre, Jørgen Træen and Alexander Rishaug to Singapore to take part in the DaVinci Project at Theatreworks.
John, Jørgen and Lasse Marhaug made subsequent visits for various performances and collaborations with the experimental music scene in Singapore. A connection that has grown stronger over the years and is still active today.
In January 2007, the C H O P P A Experimental Series was initiated, with the goal of developing a community with musicians from various backgrounds able to collaborate and explore new ideas. The series developed into three festivals: 2008, 2010 and 2015, with the 2008 festival being the first festival in Singapore dedicated solely to experimental music.
Night and Day Bar and Gallery, where the majority of performances for the C H O P P A series occurred (from 2008-2013) played a significant supporting role.
[extracted and edited from Experimental Music in Singapore (2016) Darren Moore]
released September 17, 2023
recorded 12 November 2008 at Night and Day, Singapore
concert organised by C H O P P A