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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.


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    • Kingsley Ng's After the Deluge, Hebru Brantley's

      Kingsley Ng's After the Deluge, Hebru Brantley's "Flyboy" & in the studio: The Majestic G

      Water has often been an issue for Hong Kong. We’ve had water rationing. We have to buy much of it from the mainland. We’ve built desalination plants that proved largely uneconomical to ensure we have enough to drink. And yet, at other times, thanks to rainstorms and typhoons, we have just too much of the stuff. After severe floods in Mong Kok in 1997 and 1998, the government constructed a massive underground stormwater storage tank at Tai Hang Tung to drain some of that excess water away. Until the end of this month, the 100,000 cubic metre underground storage tank, Hong Kong’s first, has become a venue for an art installation.

      Street artist Hebru Brantley creates characters that tell stories around themes such as nostalgia, the psyche, power and hope. He’s influenced by the AfriCOBRA movement, a collective of African American visual artists that came together in Chicago in 1968 to explore and define the black visual aesthetic. Brantley uses murals and graffiti to explore his own experiences, and paints with an array of media ranging from oils, acrylic paints, watercolours and spray paints to coffee and tea. His character, “Fly Boy” is currently featured in a pop-up exhibition “Lord of the Flys” in La Galerie.

      麟角樂團, the Chinese name of the seven-piece band, the Majestic G, refers to the horn of the qilin, a mythical Chinese beast that is believed to appear to herald the arrival of a particularly benevolent leader or wise scholar. Band leader CM Groovy says his aim with the band was to bring together a group of individuals to create something larger than the sum of its parts. Not only does its name refer to a mythical beast, the band, which plays funk music, is unusual in incorporating a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument, the suona, often used in Taoist funeral processions. Other somewhat less unusual elements include trombone, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals. Majestic G is here with Billy from our sister programme藝坊星期天.

      17/01/2018
    • V&A's Design Society in Shenzhen & singer-songwriter Kiri T

      V&A's Design Society in Shenzhen & singer-songwriter Kiri T

      This week we’re heading to Shenzhen to take a look at what’s been described as “the first outpost in Asia” of one of London’s great museums, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Also known as V&A the museum has been collaborating with the state-owned China Merchants Shekou since 2014 to set up Design Society, the first major museum in China devoted to design. Design Society says it wants to be a place that inspires action, stimulating the growing design scene in Southern China as well as encouraging awareness of how design can change society. The museum opened its doors to the public last month.

      New York-based singer-songwriter Kiri T was born in Hong Kong and has worked with such local names as Denise Ho (HOCC), Joey Yung, Waa Wei, Endy Chow and Jan Lam. Like many children growing up in middle class Hong Kong families, singer-songwriter Kiri T learned ballet, violin and the piano when she was young. Although she was trained in classical disciplines, which she found a little stifling, she was more inspired by pop. She earned her first publishing deal at the age of fourteen, working with Denise Ho. After some time working with the local industry she decided to broaden her horizons again and went on to study electronic production and design at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She’s with us in the studio to give us a preview of her new LP, due to be released this week.

      10/01/2018
    • Russian culture and history in HK & guitarist and composers Teriver Cheung & Chok Kerong

      Russian culture and history in HK & guitarist and composers Teriver Cheung & Chok Kerong

      In our Christmas Special last week, we mentioned that some Eastern Orthodox churches and communities celebrate Christmas Day according to the Julian Calendar. Their December 25th is our January 7th. Russia is home to 39% of the world’s Orthodox Christians. Their Christmas holiday begins on New Year’s Day and runs through to the Orthodox Christmas Day, on which many attend Church and then sit down for a 12-course dinner representing the 12 apostles. The traditions of Russia were highlighted in Hong Kong last October, during the first “Russian Culture Week”. The event included film screenings, art exhibitions, performances, readings, cooking, handicraft workshops, a look at Russian traditions such as religious icons, and a tour of a cemetery or two.

      Five Hong Kong artists and five artists from Switzerland and Austria came together for a cultural exchange in which the Hong Kong artists travelled to the village of Scuol in Switzerland to explore the idea of objects in space, and questions of place and personal memory, alongside the European artists. Now, in Hong Kong, mirroring their trip, the five artists from Switzerland and Austria have joined forces with the Hong Kong artists for “Interval in Space”, an exhibition at the Osage gallery in Kwun Tong that highlights their own perspective on volume, space and sculpture.

      For “Hong Kong Episodes” Jazz guitarist and composer Teriver Cheung and composer and conductor Fung Lam explored Hong Kong through film and music. While on tour with that work, Teriver began to come up with new ideas. Those ideas have coalesced as “Departure”, a 11-piece ensemble that combines jazz and classical music. Teriver’s here right now with Singaporean composer Chok Kerong.

      03/01/2018
    • Christmas Special: Father Christmas & Scrooge & singer songwriter Danielle Denquar Chupak singing Christmas songs

      Christmas Special: Father Christmas & Scrooge & singer songwriter Danielle Denquar Chupak singing Christmas songs

      Merry Christmas! Hello and welcome to The Works and 藝坊星期天 Christmas Special, one of the rare times in the year you’ll see all three of our presenters together.
      As usual for our Christmas specials, the whole show has a festive theme. Later, singer songwriter Danielle Denquar Chupak will be in the studio to sing two songs: one a Christmas classic, and another she’s written herself especially for the season. But first, for Christians, Christmas, December 25th, is primarily a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s been observed on that date on the Gregorian Calendar since around the fourth century in the West. Some Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate it on the same date on the Julian Calendar, which falls on January 7th. Of course, even for the less religious there’s another name synonymous with Christmas and that’s Santa Claus, Father Christmas himself. And the Father Christmas we know today is a combination of several traditions. In Britain, he’s part of an ancient folk tradition and was once known as “Sir Christmas” or even “Captain Christmas”. The United States draws on a different tradition for Santa Claus, the Dutch tradition based on Saint Nicholas of Myra, a 4th-century Greek bishop famous for his generosity to the poor. In the popular mind, the two figures, both of whom known for bringing gifts, have long since converged. The story of Father Christmas preparing for his busiest season is at the heart of one British theatre production. We went to ask him what gifts he might be bringing this year.

      One story that personifies the spirit of the season for many is the story of a cold-hearted miser who despises everything about it. Ebenezer Scrooge. Charles Dickens’ Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”, a man who undergoes an astonishing change of heart after being visited by a number of ghosts, is one of the most famous characters in English literature. “Bah, humbug.” That’s his simple dismissal of Christmas spirit and all those who try to share it. But the story of that one terrifying and transforming night of his life has now been told in song and dance in a musical presented by the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.

      Locally-based singer songwriter Danielle Denquar Chupak is here with her band to sing her original Christmas song, "Not Even Tinsel" and another Christmas classic.

      27/12/2017
    • M+ ink art, artist Christian Marclay, percussionist Matthew Lau & tribute to Yu Kwang-chung

      M+ ink art, artist Christian Marclay, percussionist Matthew Lau & tribute to Yu Kwang-chung

      Over the past few years, while the permanent M+ museum, and indeed the entire West Kowloon Cultural District, is being completed, the team has been creating programmes and activities to showcase the museum’s collections. On show at the M+ Pavilion until mid-January, “The Weight of Lightness” is the museum’s first exhibition of ink art.

      American artist Christian Marclay has been examining the relationship between sound and visual art for the past 30 years, merging sound and music with performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. His early works vary from performances with turntables and dragging a guitar behind a pick-up truck to using clips from old movies with added sound. In 2010’s The Clock, he edited thousands of movie clips together to create a 24-hour clock that is also a reflection on time in the cinema. His current exhibition at White Cube features a series of prints based on the image of a scream we cannot hear.

      Percussionist Matthew Lau has a wide repertoire that includes classical music, jazz, and contemporary music. He has also been known to incorporate electronics and technology in his works. Not only was his debut with his own vibraphone concerto at the Aspen Music Festival acclaimed, he has also commissioned other composers to write for him. He performs in chamber ensembles and as a soloist. Now, having earned a Master of Music degree from New York University and a doctorate from Stony Brook University, he’s back in Hong Kong and – today – in our studio.

      Last Thursday, at the age of 89, Yu Kwang-chung died of pneumonia in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. A poet, writer and educator, he was one of the most influential contemporary Chinese-language poets. He was also a scholar of English literature and translation. Yu came to Hong Kong in 2011 to promote “Inspired Island” a series of documentary films about Taiwan’s literary heritage, one of which featured his life and work. We spoke to him then.

      20/12/2017
    • "The World of Tintin" exhibition, "Gold Painted Signs" of HK old shops & guitarist Jason Kui

      Created by Belgian cartoonist, Georges Remi, more commonly known as Hergé, the boy adventurer Tintin is one of Europe’s most popular comic book characters.
      The 24 albums of his adventures around the world have been published in more than a hundred languages. And more than 230 million copies have been sold worldwide.
      From now until Boxing Day, “The World of Tintin” at Artistree showcases eight of those 24 albums.

      You’ve probably noticed that The Works often features photography or other art that highlights Hong Kong’s own past. Just last week, we saw Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s through the black and white prints of photographer Yau Leung. This week, we’re heading into some of Hong Kong’s old shops. Photojournalist Simon Go has been photographing 300 of them since 2004, but already, in that relatively short time, many of the establishments he has captured have gone for good. At f22 Foto Space, “Gold Painted Signs” is showing 60 of his images.

      Hong Kong-based guitarist and composer Jason Kui is well-known for his collaboration with some of the singers in the local Cantopop scene. His influences include guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, John Petrucci and Andy Timmons. Jason’s own debut album, “Absence of Words” includes metal, hard rock, funk and ballads.

      13/12/2017
    • Mandela Trilogy, photographer Yau Leung's HK in 1960s & drummer Antonio Sanchez

      Mandela Trilogy, photographer Yau Leung's HK in 1960s & drummer Antonio Sanchez

      From October through to the middle of November the World Cultures Festival presented “Vibrant Africa” a series of events and performances that highlighted a wide range of arts from across the continent. The final performance of “Vibrant Africa” was the “Mandela Trilogy” Presented by Cape Town Opera, the three-act theatrical production combines opera, musical and traditional Xhosa song and dance.

      Yau Leung was not only a movie stills and documentary photographer but also an acclaimed photo editor for several organisations, periodicals and publications. He founded the periodical “Photography Life”, was an editor of “Photo Tech” and editor-in-chief of “Photo Art”. Sadly he died at the relatively young age of 56 after a fall. Now on show at Blindspot Gallery in Wong Chuk Hang, “Hong Kong Stories 1960s” showcases around 30 vintage gelatin silver prints hand-printed by Yau himself. It’s the first exhibition of Yau’s work since his death.

      Virtuoso drummer, composer, bandleader, and five-time Grammy winner, Antonio Sanchez, is one of the most prominent jazz musicians working today. He’s particularly well known for his work with the Pat Metheny Group he began collaborating with in 2002. If you’re not all that plugged into the jazz scene, you may still know Antonio’s work, at least if you go to the cinema. He provided the frenetic drum score for the Academy Award winning film “Birdman”.
      Two weeks ago, he was in Hong Kong again, with his band, “Migration”, for a one-night concert.

      06/12/2017
    • Nederland Dans Theater & Taiwan Films

      Nederland Dans Theater & Taiwan Films

      RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .
      Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also in – most weeks – a live studio performance.

      29/11/2017
    • The ink art of Fang Zhaoling, Greg Girard's HK nightlife &  Musicus Fest's

      The ink art of Fang Zhaoling, Greg Girard's HK nightlife & Musicus Fest's "Marco Polo Goes to Carnival”

      Ink painting, and more specifically the ink art of a distinguished female Chinese artist: Fang Zhaoling. Working in a traditionally male-dominated field, Fang was a progressive thinker in both her art and her life. Not only did she study under, and collaborate with, some of the masters of Chinese painting, and become well versed in traditional Chinese culture, she also pursued studies at the University of Manchester, and later at Oxford University, a path not open to many women of her time and culture. Fang also – after the early death of her husband – needed to become a successful business woman to raise their eight children, one of whom is former Chief Secretary Anson Chan who, with her brother David Fang, spoke to us about a recent exhibition of her work.

      Canadian photographer Greg Girard came to Hong Kong as a teenager in 1974. He’s spent much of his life in Asia since. His exhibition “HK:PM”, which was shown at PMQ earlier this month, is a collection of images of Girard’s nocturnal wanderings between 1974 to 1986, as he captured the neon-lit streets of Hong Kong, the nightlife and the bygone era of the 1970s and 1980s.

      "Marco Polo Goes to Carnival” is an original production by the Musicus Society to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its annual festival.
      A concert for children, it explores the world of the Venice carnival in music, ballet and drama, and tells the story of Marco Polo’s journey to China.
      The production combines Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” - an arrangement of several movements from his ballet “Pulcinella” - with an early form of theatre known as “commedia dell’arte”. Joining us now are producer and writer Ursula Volkmann and choreographer Victoria Vargas.

      22/11/2017
    • Interview with Berlin Philharmonic Simon Rattle & in the studio: The Sousaphonics

      Interview with Berlin Philharmonic Simon Rattle & in the studio: The Sousaphonics

      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.

      15/11/2017