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    監製:Diana Wan

    15/11/2017

    Classical music fans were in for a double treat last weekend. For one thing, the acclaimed Berlin Philharmonic was in town for concerts on Friday and Saturday at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Also, on Saturday night, just across the harbour at the Central Harbourfront Promenade, the Hong Kong Philharmonic was putting on its annual mega event, Symphony Under the Stars. Both concerts offered the chance, rare in Hong Kong, to enjoy classical music in the open air. Tickets for the Berlin Philharmonic concerts, some of which were just under HK$3,000, sold like hot cakes. But for those who couldn’t afford them, or missed out on buying, there were outdoor live relays to see. Simon Rattle first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in 1987 with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. He’s been the orchestra’s Chief Conductor since 2002, but now, after 15 years, he’s about to leave. Hong Kong pianist Jacqueline Leung went to talk to him for The Works.

    The sousaphone is named after John Philip Sousa, bandmaster and composer of so many marches - including ”The Stars and Stripes Forever” - he was nicknamed “The March King”. He had early versions of the sousaphone made according to his specifications in the late 19th century. Although he wanted it primarily for its ease of use as a marching band instrument, it also became popular with jazz musicians in the 1920s. The Australian ensemble, The Sousaphonics, naturally includes the instrument, but they also perform on trumpet, trombone, tenor saxophone, flute, drums and percussion. They were here in Hong Kong last week, and they spoke to Ben Pelletier.


    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


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    • Anton Fung & Wong Chun's Project Keep Pushing, Drifting Borders & in the studio: flautist Angus Lee

      Anton Fung & Wong Chun's Project Keep Pushing, Drifting Borders & in the studio: flautist Angus Lee

      We’re beginning today’s show with percussion, and more specifically, drums. Anton Fung has played as a session drummer with many in the Cantopop scene. He’s also a member of the indie band, tfvsjs. Recently, Anton and film director Wong Chun collaborated to share their passion for the drums. They’ve invited several different directors to create a series of films that bring together the arts of percussion and cinematography.

      Not only did the 2008 financial crisis send many countries into an economic tailspin, it also had major effects on the social and political scenes. Austerity, combined with the arrival of political refugees from nations in conflict, has created considerable resentment in many countries, and that has led to a rise in right wing populism and nationalism. The art project “Drifting Borders” is under way now and will continue up to October 21st It incorporates films, performance art and forum discussions that examine such issues as national borders, social identity, belonging, loss of cultural roots, individuality, and nationalism.

      Like the tenor Jasper Sung, who appeared on The Works last week, flautist Angus Lee graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Angus, who also studied at Britain’s Royal Academy of Music, doesn’t only perform the classical flute repertoire, he’s also a self-taught composer. This Sunday as part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series, he’s performing a programme that ranges from Richard Strauss to Mantovani, and even includes a composition of his own.

      10/10/2018
    • Chinese female artists Pan Yuliang & Cao Fei, in our studio: tenor Jasper Sung

      Chinese female artists Pan Yuliang & Cao Fei, in our studio: tenor Jasper Sung

      This week, we look at two female Chinese artists whose work has its roots in very different times and backgrounds. Born in 1895, Pan Yuliang became known as the first woman in China to paint in the Western style. Her works and their style were sometimes harshly criticised by government figures and conservative critics, not least because she often painted nudes. The criticism was so severe that eventually she returned to live in the city in which she’d developed that style: Paris. On show at the Asia Society until early next year, “Song of Spring: Pan Yu-lin in Paris” is the first major exhibition of her works in Hong Kong.

      Born over 80 years later than Pan Yuliang, in Guangzhou in the 1970s, Cao Fei grew up in a province that was benefitting from the so-called “Open Door” policy that was transforming the country’s economy. Many of her works are multimedia projects that explore the lives of young mainland Chinese and how they cope with the realities of a rapidly changing society. For Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun cultural centre, she has created a site-specific work that incorporates a film reflecting on the nature and history of the complex. That will be on show until 9th December.


      Jasper Sung graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Master of Music degree in singing before going on to study in Salzburg. Among his musical achievements since graduating are opera roles, performances of requiems and oratorios, and solo works for tenor. Later this month, he’ll be performing Schubert’s song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin" as part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series. He’s here with pianist Karen Sung to tell us more.

      03/10/2018
    • All that jazz: interview with singer Stacey Kent & in the studio: Swedish jazz led by Rickard Malmsten & artist Mona Hatoum

      All that jazz: interview with singer Stacey Kent & in the studio: Swedish jazz led by Rickard Malmsten & artist Mona Hatoum

      This week’s show is going to be of special interest to jazz lovers. In part two, the formerly Hong Kong-based Swedish bassist Rickard Malmsten is back in town and in our studio. This time he’s brought vocalist Vivian Buczek with him to pay tribute to the late, great, Ella Fitzgerald.

      But first, American singer Stacey Kent’s intimate approach to jazz standards has attracted fans all around the world. One of those fans is the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, who has since collaborated with her on writing several songs. Now living in London with her husband, saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, she’s made 11 studio albums, and many other live albums, and sold more than two million records. Her repertoire ranges from American standards and her own original material to French chanson and Brazilian music. On Monday, she was in Hong Kong for a one-night only concert. We chatted to her before the show.

      Born in Beirut, Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum grew up among other Palestinians who had become not wholeheartedly welcomed exiles in Lebanon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Now living in London, she’s still keenly aware of the sense of dislocation, displacement, disorientation and loss that war can bring. She uses her works, which include installations, multimedia pieces, and sculpture, to explore the often-conflicted relationship between politics and the individual. They often incorporate everyday objects, sometimes to disturbing effect. “Remains of the Day”, her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, is on show at White Cube until the middle of November.

      The Swedish jazz bassist and composer Rickard Malmsten is no stranger to The Works. For many years, he was based in Hong Kong, and frequently brought overseas jazz artists, particularly from Sweden and other Nordic countries, here to perform. A few years ago, he moved back to his home country, but he still returns to Hong Kong from time to time, and he’s still introducing his musician friends to delight local jazz lovers. This time he’s in town with an ensemble that includes vocalist Vivian Buczek. They’re here with us now.

      26/09/2018
    • Quanan Shum's

      Quanan Shum's "Season With Lusts", M+ Southeast Asia, Luo Ying's ink painting & elderly theatre

      The theme of the 29th annual Hong Kong Book Fair, which started last Wednesday, is “Romance Literature”, but you’d better not write about sex too explicitly, maybe even more so if you’re a Japanese author on record as having sided with Hong Kong’s protesters for democratic reform. Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal has given Haruki Murakami’s “Killing Commendatore” a Class two “indecent rating” and the fair’s organisers have asked exhibitors to remove it from display. Hong Kong’s public libraries are also limiting its loan to readers over 18. In recent days the OAT has also defined adult periodical Lung Fu Pao and a photo book by model Ealies Chau as class two publications. One person whose work has not been restricted is writer Quannan Shum, even though romance, love and eroticism are recurring themes in his writing. One of his novels, “Season with Lusts”, first published in 1984, has now been reprinted with illustrations by Montagut Chuen.

      There’s been another controversy involving the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, this time over the fact that it had directly paid subcontractors working on building the M+ museum on behalf of its financially-troubled main contractor Hsin Chong Construction without first consulting the legislature. Lawmakers are calling for a special meeting in the Legislative Council to look into the matter. M+ is scheduled to open next year, two years behind its original schedule. A smaller venue, M+ Pavilion, used for exhibitions, opened two years ago. On show there until the end of September is a selection from its Southeast Asian art collections.

      Chinese landscape painting of the Song, Ming and Qing periods presented idealised landscapes incorporating elements such as water, lofty mountains, stones, gardens, animals, and literary gatherings. The paintings embody their creators’ longing to escape from worldly pressures and retreat into nature.
      But what role does Chinese landscape painting play in the modern world? On show at Hanart TZ Gallery until the end of August, “Luo Ying: Layered Hills” showcases over 50 works by the contemporary Chinese landscape painter.

      Hong Kong has one of the world’s longest urban life expectancies, at 81.3 years for men and 87.3 years for women, although there’s some controversy about comparing the population of a developed city with that of entire countries. And the percentage of older people in the community is growing fast. But Hong Kong’s senior citizens are also a creative resource and a reservoir of memory.

      Well, that’s it from us for this week and in fact for this series. We’ll take a short summer break and will be back at the end of September. See you then.

      25/07/2018
    • Mills 6 : CHAT Go! Let's build a textile village, Iznik ceramics, sound art: installation

      Mills 6 : CHAT Go! Let's build a textile village, Iznik ceramics, sound art: installation "Unless" & Gaybird Leung

      Hello and welcome to The Works. I’m Ben Tse, on my own today as Ben Pelletier is on his travels.

      On earlier episodes of The Works we’ve already featured the revitalisation of the former Nam Fung Textiles mills in Tsuen Wan as an arts and culture space. Construction work is still in progress, but the space is taking shape, and art programmes that engage the community have been under way for the past two years.

      The town of Iznik in Turkey is known for its decorated pottery, highly coloured and emphasising, in particular, cobalt blue patterns under a colourless glaze. The tradition started in the last quarter of the 15th century but had diminished and practically disappeared by the end of the 17th century. But Iznik pottery is still a source of inspiration, and until the middle of August, the University of Hong Kong’s University Museum and Art Gallery is presenting 40 ceramic works by Turkish artists Mehmet Gursoy and Nida Olcar that fuse the tradition with contemporary design.

      Swiss artist, musician and director, Dimitri de Perrot explores the perception of speed and time in sound through different forms, including theatre, music and art works.
      His installation, “Unless”, currently in a busy shopping mall in Causeway Bay, invites people to interact with it.

      Leung Kei-cheuk, also known as Gaybird is known for his work in pop music, theatre productions, films, concerts and TV commercials. He has said he doesn’t believe in firm divisions between sound, music, art and technology. His music explores different forms and crosses artistic disciplines and boundaries.

      18/07/2018
    • Theatre production

      Theatre production "Song of Grief", "100 Faces of Tai Kwun" & in the studio: Italian guitar duo "SoloDuo"

      Modern day China is the backdrop for the political thriller, “Song of Grief”, by local theatre company, Cinematic Theatre. It’s the story of what happens when a man with a knife storms into an elite primary school and attacks children. It explores the conflicting motivations of those deciding just how the government should respond to, or cover up, the event and its motivating factors.

      Last week, we looked at contemporary art in Tai Kwun, but of course the police station, court, and prison complex has also been part of its neighbourhood for more than a century and has been a major part of that neighbourhood’s history. The exhibition “100 Faces of Tai Kwun” tells 100 stories of the people who lived, or still live, in the nearby streets.

      The town of Iznik in Turkey is known for its decorated pottery, highly coloured and emphasising, in particular, cobalt blue patterns under a colourless glaze. The tradition started in the last quarter of the 15th century but had diminished and practically disappeared by the end of the 17th century. But Iznik pottery is still a source of inspiration, and until the middle of August, the University of Hong Kong’s University Museum and Art Gallery is presenting 40 ceramic works by Turkish artists Mehmet Gursoy and Nida Olcar that fuse the tradition with contemporary design.

      Now in its third year, the Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium is a chance for classical guitarists to meet, perform, chat, and explore the heritage and musical range of the instrument. The five-day event includes concerts, forums, and masterclasses, and features over 20 speakers from all over the world.
      Joining us now in the studio are “SoloDuo” from Italy and the symposium’s organiser, Au Man-bun.

      11/07/2018
    • Tai Kwun JC Contemporary, Underground Children Festival, Saxophone Quintet led by Au Yin-tak

      Tai Kwun JC Contemporary, Underground Children Festival, Saxophone Quintet led by Au Yin-tak

      Two weeks ago we took an early look at the newly-opened Tai Kwun, the former police station, court and prison compound that’s now taken on a new life as an art and heritage centre. The space now offers exhibitions, theatre, dance, film, music and lunchtime events for the public to enjoy, as well as several restaurants. Sandwiched in the compound are two new buildings, JC Contemporary and JC Cube. While JC Cube focuses on performance, JC Contemporary is designed to highlight contemporary art, with six to eight exhibitions a year and public programmes.

      Every year, many countries around the world celebrate Children’s Day on one date or another. To add to the confusion, there are about 50 Children’s Days in different places.
      In mainland China it’s on June 1st, here in Hong Kong and in Taiwan it falls on April 4th. It’s fair to say Children’s Day is not given a particularly high profile here, and also that events to celebrate it will inevitably be arranged and dominated by adults. In the exhibition “Underground-children-festival”, jointly presented by Para Site and Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, seven local artists are reflecting on what that implies for children’s rights and autonomy.

      In French, the concept of the term “flânerie” or wandering about aimlessly dates back to the 16th or 17th century. Charles Baudelaire used the word, “flaneur” to refer to an artist who loses himself or herself in the modern metropolis. Five Hong Kong saxophonists are bringing the concept of the flaneur to a recital on Friday. They’re here to tell Billy Lee the presenter of our sister programme 藝坊星期天more about it.

      04/07/2018
    • "An Age of Luxury: the Assyrians to Alexander" from the British Museum, Wang Yuping, Awol Erizku & indie band "The Benefactor"

      There’s a strong emphasis on local flavour in the second part of our show today. First, we’ll be looking at Hong Kong’s iconic neon signage as reflected in the work of the Ethiopia-born artist, Awol Erizku. And we’ll have local music, as the indie band, “The Benefactor” will be with us in the studio to tell us more about their newly released mini-album. But first, a trip back in time, to the empires of the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and the Achaemenids. For thousands of years, they dominated the region that’s now often generically described as the Middle East. The History Museum is currently exhibiting 210 objects from these periods found at historic sites such as Nimrud and Nineveh. Most are luxury items that reveal just how the richer and more powerful individuals of the time lived.

      There’s a lot less luxury, and much more down-to-earth everyday life, in the works of artist Wang Yuping, as shown in the solo exhibition “Tedious Paradise” at Tang Contemporary Art. The exhibition showcases work that Wang created on a series of trips to Thailand over more than a decade, as well as sketches from his Beijing-based Beihai Park series.

      For decades, Hong Kong’s brightly coloured neon signs were an indelible part of its streets and culture. The neon boom started in the 1970s, and only began to fade at the turn of this century as the government increased restrictions on signage and LED lighting provided a cheaper alternative. There are still quite a few neon signs left, although their number diminishes by the day. Their iconographic combination of colours, text, graphics and craftsmanship underpins the works of artist Awol Erizku in a current exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts.

      The members of the Hong Kong indie quintet “The Benefactor” say they love Brit-pop, and especially the Brit-pop of the 1960s. They got together as a band in 2013, and, collectively are fans of the music of such groups as Blur, Belle and Sebastian and the Beatles. Early this month, “The Benefactor” released their mini-album “Belle Epoque”.
      They’re here to tell us more.

      27/06/2018
    • Tai Kwun, Studio performance: jazz quartet, Jazvolution   , Tribute to novelist, Liu Yichang

      Tai Kwun, Studio performance: jazz quartet, Jazvolution , Tribute to novelist, Liu Yichang

      We’re heading to one of the largest heritage revitalisation projects that’s ever been undertaken in Hong Kong. The long-awaited and much-anticipated former police headquarters compound has now been turned into the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. Three groups of buildings in the compound - the Former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison - have been declared as monuments since 1995 under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance. The Hong Kong Jockey Club took up this massive project in 2007. Lasting over a decade, it involved the conservation and revitalisation of sixteen historic buildings, alongside the construction of two new buildings for art exhibitions and performances, designed by internationally-renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
      Led by Hong Kong bassist Justin Siu with Ted Lo on piano, Laurent Robin on drums and and Janaia Farrell on vocals, the four-piece band Jazvolution has performed around town including the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2017 and Freespace Happening in January. Earlier this year, the band released their debut album, “SPIN”, featuring unique reinterpretations of jazz classics by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney. The members of Jazvolution are here in the studio to tell us more.
      Writer Liu Yi-chang, a giant of Hong Kong literature, died on 8 June at the age of 99. Born and raised in Shanghai, Liu eventually settled in Hong Kong in 1957. In a celebrated writing career spanning more than six decades, Liu published over 30 books including novels, literary reviews, essays, poems and translated works. Among Liu’s best-known works are “Intersection” and “The Drunkard”, the latter of which is considered the first stream of consciousness novel in China. These two works also inspired the award-winning films “In the Mood for Love” and “2046” by director Wong Kar-wai.

      20/06/2018
    • "Cabinets of Curiosities", Richard Serra's drawings, Philip Guston & in the studio: CUHK Chrous's "Bernstein in the Theatre"

      "Cabinets of Curiosities”, also known as “Cabinets of Wonder” or “wonder-rooms” are encyclopaedic collections of objects, mostly from the natural world. They represent early attempts to collect and categorise objects as natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious, historical relics or artistic works. At the City U Exhibition Gallery until August as part of Le French May, “Cabinets of Curiosities - From the Natural Sciences to the Art of Nature”, showcases more than 200 such objects.

      Metalwork is an integral part of the life of American artist Richard Serra. His father worked as a pipe fitter in the shipbuilding industry. During his own college years, Serra worked in steel mills. His monumental steel sculptures impose a sense of space, time, process, weight and gravity. His drawings incorporate the same sense of materiality, process and notions of time, as you can see until the end of the month at the David Zwirner gallery, which is presenting a set of new Serra works for the first time in Hong Kong.

      Richard Serra, some of whose works we saw in part one, tends to take a minimalist approach to art rather than focusing on metaphors or symbolism. In contrast the works of his fellow American artist Philip Guston featured elements from Abstract Expressionism, figuration, forms and pictorial symbols. Until the end of July, Hauser & Wirth is exhibiting 50 of his paintings and drawings, created from 1950 to 1979 and curated by his daughter, Musa Mayer.

      Leonard Bernstein was a composer, conductor, educator, ambassador and pianist. He wrote symphonies, music for ballet, film, and theatre, choral works, operas, chamber music and pieces for the piano. His compositions vary from the classically oriented to such works as West Side Story, Peter Pan, On the Town, and On the Waterfront. This year is the 100th anniversary of his birth. Worldwide events to acknowledge the centennial began last year with more than 2,000 events on six continents. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus has an upcoming all-Bernstein programme and they are here to tell us more.

      13/06/2018