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    監製:Diana Wan

    03/10/2018

    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.


    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


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    • Art Director Tim Yip’s first exhibition in HK, “Blue – Art, Costumes and Memory” & in the studio: Dover Quartet

      Art Director Tim Yip’s first exhibition in HK, “Blue – Art, Costumes and Memory” & in the studio: Dover Quartet

      Stage and film art director and costume designer Tim Yip is known to most people for his work for the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. On show at the Hong Kong Design Institute until the end of March is a large-scale solo exhibition of Yip’s work that showcases 30 years of his artistic endeavours.

      Premiere Performances’ annual chamber music festival, its tenth, starts today. Rechristened Beare's Premiere Music Festival 2019, the nine-day festival includes five concerts and over 15 educational events. Among the highlights are mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performing her album “In War and Peace”, and a collaboration between Grammy nominated mandolinist, Avi Avital and the Dover Quartet, which has been described by The Chicago Tribune as the next Guarneri String Quartet. The quartet’s four members are with us right now in the studio.

      16/01/2019
    • Literature & art exhibition on food culture, artist Chinyee & Norwegian music: Trondheim Soloists & nyckelharpa player, Emilia Amper

      Literature & art exhibition on food culture, artist Chinyee & Norwegian music: Trondheim Soloists & nyckelharpa player, Emilia Amper

      For many of us the past holiday season was a time to meet friends and families and sit down for a feast, but no matter how much we like eating I wonder how many of us reflected on how closely integrated food and individual cultures are. Given its long history and it’s many different regions and climates, Chinese has a particularly diverse food culture. However, there are underlying foundations such as the “Four States” and the “Five Flavours”. At the Hong Kong Arts Centre until 17th of this month you can visit an exhibition centred on food culture, literature and the visual arts.

      Chinese American artist Chinyee is known for fusing influences from East and West in her abstract paintings. Her brushstrokes are full of colour, spontaneity and fluidity. At 90, Chinyee recently visited Hong Kong to open her exhibition, “Dances of the Inner Being” at Alisan Fine Arts.

      Cellist Trey Lee is constantly on the road, travelling to different parts of the world to play music. But every year for the past six years, he’s dedicated some of his time to returning to Hong Kong to organise his annual music festival, Musicus Fest. In November, he visited The Works studio with guitarist Eugene Pao and treated us to their arrangement of a Piazzolla tango piece. But the four-day festival also featured Scandinavian music, including Norwegian music performed by the Grammy nominated Trondheim Soloists and nyckelharpa player, Emilia Amper.

      09/01/2019
    • Mills:CHAT, Japanese Gutai & in the studio: pianist KJ, Wong Ka-jeng

      Mills:CHAT, Japanese Gutai & in the studio: pianist KJ, Wong Ka-jeng

      Happy New Year! And welcome to the first edition of The Works for 2019! I’m Ben Pelletier. And I’m Ben Tse. Later in the show, helping us to ring in the new year, is pianist Wong Ka-jeng. He’ll be in our studio later to tell us about an upcoming recital. But first, as you may have seen in earlier editions of The Works, in Tsuen Wan a cluster of disused cotton mills owned by the Nan Fung group has been undergoing something of a transformation. The HK$700 million revitalisation project is now complete. And the once desolate factory space has a new lease of life.

      The Gutai group is a radical and avant-garde collective started by a group of young artists in post-war Japan. Founded in Osaka in 1954 by the painter, Jiro Yoshihara, the group is known for its experimental approach in pursuit of individualism and creativity. On show at Whitestone Gallery in Hong Kong until next Saturday, “GUTAI-JIN” showcases paintings and installation works by key members of the Gutai Art Association.

      Pianist Wong Ka-jeng and his brother cellist Wong Ka-lap have visited The Works a few times over the years. One of the brothers studied in England, the other studied in the United States. They haven’t previously performed together in any public concert, but they have, for 2019, decided to put together a one-night-only piano and cello recital.

      02/01/2019
    • Christmas Special: Swedish Winter, The Choir of Merton College of Oxford , saxophonist Calvin Wong & The Fiesta Brass Quintet

      Christmas Special: Swedish Winter, The Choir of Merton College of Oxford , saxophonist Calvin Wong & The Fiesta Brass Quintet

      Merry Christmas! Hello and welcome to our Christmas special! As usual at this time of year, we’re hoping to impart a little Christmas spirit with some live music.
      Bringing us those seasonal tunes later are saxophonist Calvin Wong and the five-member Fiesta Brass Quintet. Although many in the Christian tradition celebrate the birth of Christ on 25th December, historians doubt that this is really the date on which he was born. In Europe it seems likely that the celebration of Christ’s birth was grafted on to pre-Christian midwinter celebrations of merrymaking and feasting. Many Western Christmas customs owe their origins to winter solstice festivals in Scandinavian countries. Father Christmas or St. Nicholas definitely lives in the North, maybe even at the North Pole. In Finland, they say he lives in Lapland, the northern part of the country. In Sweden, Christmas celebrations begin early. 13th December, formerly the Winter Solstice, is now St Lucia’s Day, a major Christmas festival. Earlier this month, we went to this year’s Swedish Winter Carnival to find out more about how they celebrate.

      One of the things that makes Christmas so magical is the music. Christmas hymns were first sung in Latin in churches. Gradually composers in Europe started writing specific Christmas carols, one of the oldest forms of English-language choral music. The Choir of Merton College of Oxford University” is a mixed voice choir made up of thirty undergraduates and postgraduates. Earlier this month they were in Hong Kong for a one-night concert of Christmas songs: “O Holy Night”.

      Welcome back to our Christmas special. And this part of the show is all about the music … with a strong emphasis on the big bold tones of brass. First, a saxophone solo from Calvin Wong who’s going to play us “White Christmas” and “Dance of the Mirlitons”, also known as “Dance of the Reed Pipes”, from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”. Calvin has a solo recital today, Boxing Day, at City Hall. If you’re quick enough, you might be able to catch him there to hear more. Here though, from the solo sax we’re moving on to a bigger brass ensemble. The Fiesta Brass Quintet is made up of five young musicians who came together through a public audition process just last year. The group has already performed educational concerts in more than 20 local schools. They’re playing us out today with a Christmas medley. But before that, all of us at The Works would like to say we hope you’ve enjoyed your Christmas so far, and wish you all the best for the coming New Year.

      26/12/2018
    • Interivew with Max Richter & in the studio: tango from Cafe 852

      Interivew with Max Richter & in the studio: tango from Cafe 852

      Later in tonight’s show we’re off to Argentina, in our minds at least, as local ensemble Café 852 takes us back to the cafes and ballrooms of Buenos Aires with a tango song from one of its best known proponents Carlos Gardel. Before the passion of the tango though, a composer whose work has often raised a wide range of music listeners, and even film and TV viewers. German born British composer, Max Richter’s music has been heard in TV series from The “Leftovers" to "Taboo", and in movies from "Shutter Island" to "Mary Queen of Scots". He’s also written ballet, opera, and stage works, and even an eight-and-a-half-hour piece designed to help you sleep. Earlier this month, he came to Hong Kong for two concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, in which he played “Recomposed” a new interpretation of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and his 2002 debut album, “Memoryhouse”.

      Formed in 2016, the locally-based ensemble Café 852 performs Argentine tango and milonga, Eastern European gypsy music, and gypsy-inspired jazz. Whichever form of music it’s playing, the group likes to perform with dancers to recreate the full atmosphere. Early in the week, Café 852 came to our studio and Billy Lee, presenter of our sister programme, 藝坊星期天 talked to them about the sights and sounds of tango.

      19/12/2018
    • Traditional Taiwanese narrative song “Liām Kua” singer, Yang Xiu-qing & in the studio: cellist István Várdai

      Traditional Taiwanese narrative song “Liām Kua” singer, Yang Xiu-qing & in the studio: cellist István Várdai

      Later in the show, multiple award- winning cellist István Várdai is here with us, and he’s brought with him a very special instrument: a 1673 Stradivari cello previously owned by the late great British cellist, Jacqueline du Pré. But before listening to that 345-year-old Stradivari, we’re going to hear a form of folk music from Taiwan that also has a long history. There’s a wide variety of music in Taiwan that ranges from the polyphonic vocals of the island’s indigenous tribes to Western style classics and contemporary pop. Over the centuries, many Chinese migrated to the island. Among their own musical forms, they created Taiwanese opera, also known as Hokkien Opera, particularly popular with the Hakka people. And then, on a somewhat more modest scale, there’s the art of the traditional Taiwanese narrative song “Liām Kua”, usually played by a single performer.

      Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been awarded Gold Medals at both the International Cello Competition in Geneva and the ARD Competition in Munich. He studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and in Vienna. Since then, at 33, he has appeared internationally with many impressive orchestras and conductors.
      He plays a 1673 Stradivari cello, one of fewer than 65 in existence from the legendary instrument-maker, and one that was once owned by one of the most celebrated 20th century cellists, the late Jacqueline du Pré. Várdai says he feels the instrument was “made for eternity” and that it helped him to find his voice as a musician. He’s here to tell us more.

      12/12/2018
    • Ten Years Int'l Project & in the studio: percussionist Matthew Lau & Bevis Ng

      Ten Years Int'l Project & in the studio: percussionist Matthew Lau & Bevis Ng

      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.

      05/12/2018
    • Wood art, HK Int'l Photography Festival & in the studio: singer-songwriter Emmy the Great

      Wood art, HK Int'l Photography Festival & in the studio: singer-songwriter Emmy the Great

      We look at wood, a material that’s relatively common in Hong Kong’s less built up areas, but one that we often fail to use to the best of its advantage. As Typhoon Mangkhut battered Hong Kong in September, it uprooted more than 60,000 trees. Some 7,000 tonnes of tree debris ended up in our landfills, but a few artists have decided to rescue at least a little of this material and turn it into art.

      The Hong Kong International Photography Festival was set up eight years ago by 19 local photographers. Since then it’s grown bigger and spread to more venues. This year the festival focuses on Japanese photography. One of the major exhibitions in the festival showcases 50 years of iconic black and white pictures from the well-known photography magazine “Provoke”, founded in 1968. Another major exhibition is the first local solo exhibition of works by the late photographer Nakahira Takuma. The festival also features a satellite exhibition of 20 artists’ works, as well as talks, screenings and workshops.

      As a singer, Emma Lee Moss is better known as Emmy the Great. Born in Hong Kong to a British father and a Chinese mother, she moved to England when she was 12.
      She’s since spent time in New York and Los Angeles among other places to pursue her music career. The songs on her first two albums, “First Love” and “Virtue”, focus on her own experiences. “Virtue” details her pain and confusion when a formerly atheist fiancé found religion and decided to break off their relationship. Her third album “Second Love” examines the interaction between our digital age and human emotions. Emily the Great is now back in Hong Kong, and she’s here to tell us more.

      28/11/2018
    • Underwater orchestra,

      Underwater orchestra, "AquaSonic", artists Wong Tong & Fong Chung-Ray, studio performance: pianist Luca Sestak

      Later in the show, we look at two artists who take decidedly experimental approaches to their art: the Taiwanese abstract painter Fong Chung-Ray and German pianist Luca Sestak. First though, we’re beginning with a Danish music group, “Between Music” whose desire to experiment takes them to unusual depths. And very wet ones. As they’ve discovered, even singing takes on new challenges when you are doing it underwater. And many of the instruments on which the group plays have had to be custom made, including the underwater organ, the crystallophone, the rotacorda and an adapted violin.

      While we’re on the subject of unique musical instruments, Hong Kong artist Wong Tong not only paints, but also makes his own instruments, including tongue drums and ukuleles. At Sin Sin Fine Art until the end of this month, the exhibition “Hidden Gaze” includes paintings, installations, and musical instruments, inspired – he says – by the To Kwa Wan community in which he works.

      Painter Fong Chung-Ray was a leading member of the Fifth Moon Group, a group of artists at the forefront of the modern art movement in Taiwan in the 1960s.
      Over the past six decades, Fong has not only experimented with ink and abstract expressionism, he has also developed a technique of applying acrylic onto plastic sheets to transfer images to paper. On show at Galerie du Monde until this Saturday in the exhibition “Enlightenment: 1998-2018” are 15 works made over the past twenty years, some of which have never before been seen in public.

      23-year old pianist Luca Sestak likes to explore new territories with the piano. He says he prefers blues, boogie woogie and jazz to the classical repertoire. He also composes his own music. His YouTube videos of his energetic and fast performances, and his re-arrangements of popular songs, have attracted millions of views. Last month, he visited Hong Kong for a concert, and he came to our studio to talk to Billy Lee.

      21/11/2018
    • Art & Freedom of Speech: interview with writer Ma Jian & Pussy Riot, in the studio: Eugene Pao & Trey Lee

      Art & Freedom of Speech: interview with writer Ma Jian & Pussy Riot, in the studio: Eugene Pao & Trey Lee

      The freedom to say or express what you think is important to most of us. Perhaps to few more so than artists. It’s hard to imagine a thriving art scene without it.
      A number of events in the past few weeks have left many worrying about how much the space for free speech in Hong Kong is narrowing. In October, the government refused a work visa to Financial Times Asia news editor Victor Mallet. The decision is widely seen as retribution for chairing and defending a talk by Hong Kong National Party convener Andy Chan at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. The political group had not been banned at the time. Last Thursday, Mr Mallet tried to enter Hong Kong again, this time as a visitor, and was refused entry after several hours of questioning. The day before, Chinese dissident and exiled writer Ma Jian had said on Twitter that the Tai Kwun arts centre was refusing permission for him to give two talks organised by the Hong Kong International Literary Festival on its premises. The arts centre later changed its mind. Mr Mallet’s off to an assignment in Europe, but he did say on social media that one of the things he’ll do in the days ahead is re-read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Or he could even read Ma Jian’s new novel, “China Dream” which is itself set in a somewhat Orwellian world.

      Now in its sixth year, the four-day Musicus Festival starts this Thursday. This year, it’s highlighting Nordic music, including folk tunes and pieces on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish folk instrument. There’ll also be children’s concerts, classical music, and jazz. The guest performers come from as far afield as Romania, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan. The festival’s Artistic Director Trey Lee is here with guitarist Eugene Pao to tell us more.

      14/11/2018