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    31/01/2018

    The Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and – coming soon – the Oscars. It’s definitely movie award season in the United States. Local cinemas are currently showing some of the Oscar-nominated films if you want to catch up. But if your taste runs more to regional independent productions, you might want to turn your attention to the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival, which is running until Sunday and is featuring more than 20 films from Hong Kong, Japan and Cambodia.

    After graduating from the Wimbledon College of Art in London in 2006, Lu Song returned to Beijing where he now lives and paints idealised landscapes strongly influenced by the work of German Romantic painters. At the Massimo De Carlo Hong Kong gallery until mid-March, the exhibition “Combe” features a series of paintings that highlight green leaves, glimpses of jungle foliage, water and flowers, not real landscapes but imaginary scenes from daydreams.

    According to cellist Wong Ka-lap, a founder member of the chamber ensemble The Timecrafters, the idea for the name came from the fact that Hongkongers lead such hectic lives. Because of that, he believes, the group should make any time people spend listening to them time well spent, and the performers – naturally - have a duty to craft the best musical experience they can. The ensemble wants to inject new life into the classical repertoire and they’ll be doing that during the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Two of its members are with us right now: pianist Rod Yu and clarinetist Linus Fung.


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    • Compilation of the best music performances & Chinese New Year song from our three presenters

      Compilation of the best music performances & Chinese New Year song from our three presenters

      That’s a Happy Lunar New Year from the three of us for this first episode of The Works and 藝坊星期天 in the Year of the Dog.

      Regular viewers will know that we have live music on our show pretty much every week. Today we’re featuring highlights from the distinguished musicians who came through our studio last year. You may have seen them on the show at the time, but we have something a little extra today as they all also performed something special for just this occasion. Last July, Hong Kong hosted the World Harp Congress for the first time. More than 800 harpists from 50 countries came to town. Among them was Chinese musician Gao Xiaotang, here performing the piece, “Pipa Language” on a very special harp.

      Thanks to its range and versatility, the piano is one of the most popular and versatile instruments in music. Over the years, many world-renowned pianists have passed through our studio. Last May, Venezuelan musician Gabriela Montero played us a piece by Schumann. But she also showed us another skill for which she’s celebrated: creating an instant improvisation on a given tune, this time on a Cantopop song 喜帖街 by Kay Tse.

      As Montero pointed out while talking to us, classical composers like Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt were all themselves noted improvisers. Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni was also no slouch in terms of adapting the work of other composers into new forms. Among those whose music he transcribed were Liszt, Bach, Schubert and Mozart. Pianist Chiyan Wong, who was on our show in May, is also fascinated by transcriptions. He performed one of Busoni’s Mozart transcriptions for us.

      French composer Pierre Gabaye’s composed in the French neo-classical tradition. His music is light-hearted, chirpy and upbeat. Trumpeter Paul Archibald gave us a taster when he played one of Gabaye’s liveliest pieces, “Boutade”. And while we’re on the subject of light-hearted and lively music, the marimba instantly imparts energy to a piece, whether in solo performance, as part of small ensembles, or even with marching bands or orchestras. In December, percussionist Matthew Lau came to visit us. He played a piece by Steve Reich for us, but he also performed, for this week’s show, a piece by Argentinian composer, Julian Rulo.

      And to wrap up our musical extravaganza we’re bringing you a highlight from one of the many ensembles we’ve featured. Last April, we featured the Storioni Trio from the Netherlands playing part of Beethoven’s concerto for violin, cello and piano. But they also recorded another treat for us, an excerpt from from Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 4. Well, that’s it from us for this Lunar New Year Special. Keep watching through the Year of the Dog for more of the best music in town.

      21/02/2018
    • Tribute to Jao Tsung-i, Lok Ga-chung's handprinted stamps & cellist Alexander Kniazev

      Tribute to Jao Tsung-i, Lok Ga-chung's handprinted stamps & cellist Alexander Kniazev

      It’s St Valentine’s Day, and later in the programme we’ll be featuring a Russian cellist Alexander Kniazev who on Sunday performed a recital with pianist Colleen Lee that featured music with a decidedly Romantic twist, from composers Brahms, Shostakovich and Franck.

      First though, and on a sadder note, distinguished scholar Jao Tsung-i died last Tuesday at the age of 100. Born in Guangdong, Jao was known for his erudition in Chinese culture, particularly its ancient history, oracle bone inscriptions and Chu Ci – an anthology of Chinese poetry also known as “Poetry of the South”. He and Ji Xianlin, who died in 2009, have long been considered considered China’s two greatest sinologists. Throughout his life, Jao produced around a thousand scholarly articles, over a hundred books, calligraphy and paintings. He also composed for the guqin. Since coming to Hong Kong in 1949, he taught at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University, and other international tertiary institutions. His last major public appearance was at an exhibition in Beijing that featured 126 of his lotus flower paintings, a symbol of his feelings for Hong Kong.

      Stamp lover Lok Ka-chung doesn’t just collect stamps. He also likes to paint on the envelopes to which they are stuck. Over the years, he’s painted more than 10,000 such images. His subjects range from the historic to the contemporary, and include major events, architecture, and scenes from everyday Hong Kong life.

      In 1999, cellist and organist Alexander Kniazev was named best musician of the year in Russia. That’s just one of many musical plaudits he’s received. He’s also won prizes at numerous international music competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Cassado Competition in Florence. Other than performing as a soloist with world renowned conductors and in prestigious halls, he also performs with smaller ensembles. At Sha Tin last Sunday, in keeping with Valentine’s Day week, he gave a one-night recital of romantic music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Franck with pianist Colleen Lee.

      14/02/2018
    • The art of the body, Robert Indiana in HK & in the studio: singer-songwriter Heidi Li

      The art of the body, Robert Indiana in HK & in the studio: singer-songwriter Heidi Li

      You can find representations of the naked human body in art all the way back to prehistoric times and the Venus of Willendorf. The body, often idealised, has been a source of inspiration and creative expression in all cultures. But many societies do seem to be heading towards a new prudishness. Some have never left it behind.

      Even people who don’t know American artist Robert Indiana by name probably know one of his sculptures: the LOVE sculpture and pop art images of it. A self- proclaimed “American painter of signs” Indiana has played an important role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art since the 1960s. On show at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre till mid-July, “LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia” is the first major exhibition of his work in Hong Kong.

      Singer-songwriter Heidi Li says that under the influence of her parents she grew up against a background of Chinese opera. Instead of going down that path though, she ventured into NeoSoul, pop and jazz music. She’s lived in Canada, Britain, and France, but for the past eight years she’s been settled in Italy.
      She’s with me right now to talk about her new EP, “Third Culture Kid”.

      07/02/2018
    • HK Indepedent Film Festival 2018, artist Lu Song & in the studio: piano & clarinet duo from The Timecrafters

      HK Indepedent Film Festival 2018, artist Lu Song & in the studio: piano & clarinet duo from The Timecrafters

      The Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and – coming soon – the Oscars. It’s definitely movie award season in the United States. Local cinemas are currently showing some of the Oscar-nominated films if you want to catch up. But if your taste runs more to regional independent productions, you might want to turn your attention to the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival, which is running until Sunday and is featuring more than 20 films from Hong Kong, Japan and Cambodia.

      After graduating from the Wimbledon College of Art in London in 2006, Lu Song returned to Beijing where he now lives and paints idealised landscapes strongly influenced by the work of German Romantic painters. At the Massimo De Carlo Hong Kong gallery until mid-March, the exhibition “Combe” features a series of paintings that highlight green leaves, glimpses of jungle foliage, water and flowers, not real landscapes but imaginary scenes from daydreams.

      According to cellist Wong Ka-lap, a founder member of the chamber ensemble The Timecrafters, the idea for the name came from the fact that Hongkongers lead such hectic lives. Because of that, he believes, the group should make any time people spend listening to them time well spent, and the performers – naturally - have a duty to craft the best musical experience they can. The ensemble wants to inject new life into the classical repertoire and they’ll be doing that during the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Two of its members are with us right now: pianist Rod Yu and clarinetist Linus Fung.

      31/01/2018
    • Chu Hing-wah's

      Chu Hing-wah's "Living in Compassion", Huang Yongping & Shen Yuan 's HK Foot & guitarist Hahn Rowe

      Hong Kong painter Chu Hing-wah focuses on people, their everyday lives, and the environment around them. For most of his working life he was a psychiatric nurse, a profession which he credits with allowing him to approach people with a sense of humility, humanity and familiarity. The exhibition “Living in Compassion: The Art of Chu Hing-wah”, which ended on January 20th at Hanart TZ Gallery, was a major retrospective of his work.

      Avant-garde artist Huang Yongping has been considered one of the most controversial and provocative Chinese artists since the 1980s. In 1986, he and a group of friends formed the radical art group, “Xiamen Dada”. Since one 1989 exhibition in Paris, Huang has been based in France. Four new works by Huang and artist Shen Yuan are currently on show at Tang Contemporary Art, in the exhibition “Hong Kong Foot”. According to Huang “what we most associate with Hong Kong is the infection ‘Hong Kong foot’. Hong Kong’s greatest weapon is giving the events or things it infects Hong Kong’s characteristics.” Both artists created the pieces specifically for this exhibition.

      Hahn Rowe is a violinist, a guitarist, a composer, a recording engineer, and a producer. Based in New York, he has been involved in a wide range of projects and performed with musicians such as R.E.M., David Byrne, Moby, Glenn Branca and Swans. He has also engineered and produced recordings with Antony and the Johnsons, Yoko Ono, and Bill Laswell, among others. More recently, he’s been focused on creating scores for theatre and dance works. Last week, he came to Hong Kong to work with three local musicians. While he was here he came to our studio with two of them, Jonathan Yang and Narbi.

      24/01/2018
    • 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