Highlight of the best studio performances in 2021
With just two days to go until 2022, many of us will be including on our new year wish list a fervent wish that Covid-19 and its many variants will please go away … or at least take on a milder form. Over the past two years, the virus has brought devastating losses, personal and economic, to many. It has also caused much disruption to the arts scene, especially for performing arts. Despite that, The Works has managed to keep bringing you a staple of the programme: our weekly studio performances. We’ve even managed to save a few extra year-end treats. In September, a year after his planned visit to Hong Kong, pianist David Greilsammer performed his much-lauded Scarlatti and Cage project for local audiences. On his visit to our studio, he gifted us a little musical extra: a Scarlatti sonata.
Preparing for a concert focused on jazz, classical, and cabaret music, saxophonist Joshua Jones came to the show in October. While with us, he played an extra treat, a commissioned work by Andy Scott, “And Everything is Still …”. It’s based on a poem from Lemn Sissay’s children’s book “The Emperor Watchmaker”.
In October, clarinettist Gilad Harel came to Hong Kong for the first time. Known for his dedication to both classical and Klezmer music, Harel recorded for us an extra, and not previously broadcast additional piece “Zefki, ikh bin dayner sher” by one of Klezmer’s most celebrated musicians, Dave Tarras. In February 2020, the indie band Esimorp came to talk about their debut album, “Roar Like the Ocean”. Since then, due to Covid, they’ve been taking a break. The good news is, as they recently told us, that they’re now getting back together, writing songs, and planning their next project. Something to look forward to in the new year. Until then, we give you “The Minutes”, the song they sang for us last time they were here.