CLUBBING AT AN ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Published on 9 March 2017

Relive Zouk’s good ol’ Jiak Kim days at a first-of-its-kind concert-party at Capitol Theatre later this month.

By: Melanie Lee

Having a 50-piece orchestra to perform  house music in Capitol Theatre might sound rather surreal. However, it’s all becoming a reality thanks to an ambitious creative collaboration between Artistic Director Aldrin Quek (former Zouk resident DJ), Conductor and Orchestrator Indra Ismail, Selena Tan as Director and Najip Ali as Creative Consultant.

One More Time – A Tribute to Zouk at Jiak Kim Street marks Zouk’s 25-year tenure at Jiak Kim Street. This special concert party will present a mix of trip hop, big beat, soulful, progressive, tech, tribal and other sub-genres of house music to represent the different types of music played at Zouk over the years at its first venue.

At the same time, there’ll be 10 guest performances from some of Singapore’s top musicians including violinist Lynette Seah, Indian classical tabla player M S Maniam, jazz singer Rani Singam and Lush 99.5 DJ X’Ho.

“Zouk always stuck true to its music roots and its particular genre. You always knew you were going to hear good quality music to dance to when you were there. It’s a unique club that never lost its way and people gravitate to that,” says Tan of the club’s endearing iconic status.

While Zouk and ex-Zouk owner, Lincoln Cheng, are sponsors for this concert, it is produced by The Henderson Project, an off-shoot of theatre company Dream Academy showcasing artistically interesting projects.

“We hope that the concert will revolutionise the music scene the same way that Jiak Kim Street did, and that audiences will come and celebrate with us a culturally significant feat when one of our home-grown institutions put a little street in Singapore on the world map,” says Ali.

MY ZOUK MEMORIES

Photo: The Henderson Project

Najip Ali, Creative Consultant

“When I first stepped into Zouk in 1993, I knew this place would make a great impact on the night scene in Singapore. In the 1990s, I was travelling a lot and working for Fuji Television hosting Asia Bagus. I received a lot of friends and guests from all over the world and was always very pleased to show Zouk off to them. I’d tell them that this was the place that would place Singapore in the world map for clubbing and indeed, it has.”

Selena Tan, Creative Director

“I started going to Zouk when it first opened. Back then, I was in the final year of university. Once, a girlfriend was so drunk that she stumbled down the steps to the dance floor and I had to carry her out into a cab. Another time, I was with a group of friends and there was a big fight outside Zouk over a girl – it was very exciting to watch. I’ve seen Zouk go through many incarnations. My most memorable night was dancing to DJ Dave Seaman live.”

One More Time – A Tribute to Zouk at Jiak Kim Street will take place on 24 & 25 March 2017, 8.30pm at Capitol Theatre. Tickets can be purchased here.

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