監製:Diana Wan


    There have always been exceptions, but overall, in the history of art, the role of the genders in the arts is clear: man is the artist, woman is the muse. That has often worked to the disadvantage of many accomplished women who have been involved with male artists, among them Camille Claudel, Berthe Morisot, and Françoise Gilot. It is a fate that Chinese painter Xie Jing-lan, also known as Lalan, managed to escape, even after marrying two artists, to become one of the most influential Chinese female artists of the 20th century.

    Set up by Taka Hirohama in 2010, the Hong Kong Big Band Jazz Federation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, and providing a platform for, the sound of the big jazz band in Hong Kong. They are taking part in a series of Summer Jazz concerts from 15th to 17th June at the Hong Kong City Hall. Some of the singers performing in those shows came to our studio to tell us more.

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    • Artist Carol Man,

      Artist Carol Man, "Ineffable Worlds" @ Tang Contemporary Art & in the studio: Men of Winds

      Rosh Hashanah, in Hebrew means “head of the year”. It is the beginning of the year according to the traditional Jewish calendar and a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. This year’s celebration started last Monday on September 6th and ended on the evening of Wednesday, 8th. Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the High Holidays or “Days of Awe”, which ends with a 25-hour fast called Yom Kippur or "Day of Atonement" that begins on the evening of 15th September. It is the holiest Jewish holiday of the year, filled with traditions and meaning. Carol Man, a Hong Kong Chinese artist who has adopted the Jewish faith, has long been intertwining her cultural identities in her artistic journey.

      At Tang Contemporary Art gallery, co-curators Giuliana Benassi and Michela Sena, have selected over 15 works by six young Italian artists that address the current period of instability and uncertainty in our world. The exhibition is called “Ineffable Worlds”. The artists taking part are Marta Mancini, Andrea Martinucci, Alessandro Giannì, Luca Grimaldi, Marco Eusepi, and Giulia Dall’Olio. Among the themes and subjects they examine are technology and the digital world, pop culture, nature and temporality, abstraction and figuration, space, and a “mythology of the future”.

      The life expectancy of Hong Kong’s population, like that of many places elsewhere in the world, is longer than it used to be. Many societies are having to make new adjustments for ageing populations. The good news though is that in general, older people are staying healthier and active for longer. Old age is being redefined, and more of us are realising that getting older shouldn not necessarily mean giving up your sense of fun or your passions. The men who make up the local band, “Men of Winds” are all 50 or older. And their passion for music is undiminished.

    • Interview with pianist and conductor David Greilsammer

      Interview with pianist and conductor David Greilsammer

      In this week's episode, pianist and conductor David Greilsammer is here to talk with us about his upcoming concerts with Premier Performances of Hong Kong and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, one of which was originally scheduled for June last year but had to be postponed due to Covid-19. That solo recital, "Scarlatti:Cage", arranged by Premier Performances, brings together music from the 18th and 20th centuries in a series of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage. The New York Times selected the “Scarlatti-Cage” recitals as one of the ten most important events of the year. It was originally scheduled for Sunday 5th but has proved so popular that another show is being added tonight. Since 2013, David Greilsammer has also been the Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata.

      In addition to his performances and projects involving music ranging from Baroque to jazz and rock, he is also renowned for his interpretations of Mozart. Not only has he performed all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day “marathon”, he has also played and conducted all of Mozart’s 27 piano concertos in one season. Apart from the “Scarlatti:Cage” recitals, David is also conducting and playing in two more concerts here, these with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, that also bring together composers from the 18th century and the present day: Mozart and film composer John Williams.

    • "Phil Your Life – MUSIC X FOOD", Oscar Chan @ Gallery EXIT & in the studio: Musica Viva

      Throughout history, music has often provided a backdrop for food and the joys of eating. In ancient times, musicians performed during festive occasions, entertaining guests at banquets. Recent studies also show that listening to music while eating encourages us to eat and drink more. In recent months, the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced opportunities for food and music, at least live music, to come together, but the internet has provided some alternatives.

      "Don’t Leave The Dark Alone” is artist Oscar Chan’s first solo exhibition at Exit Gallery. Through ink painting and installations, Chan depicts darkness in both literal and metaphorical senses. Combining references from horror films by John Carpenter and painters such as Francisco Goya and James Ensor with Asian mythology and ghost stories, Chan hopes the viewer, faced with darkness and fear, will not look away.

      "La Finta Semplice" or “The Fake Innocent” is a comic opera. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was just 12 when he composed this three-act opera covering 588 manuscript pages in 1768. For Leopold Mozart, a performance of the opera, at the invitation of Emperor Joseph II, was the perfect opportunity to introduce his son’s genius to the Viennese public and the court. Unfortunately, the young composer’s talent aroused the jealousy of other composers, sparking a controversy that prevented its planned performance. Earlier this week, members of Musica Viva, who will be staging the opera on 10th and 11th of September, came to our studio to tell us more.

    • Percussionist Angela Hui, exhibition

      Percussionist Angela Hui, exhibition "Liquid Ground" @ Para Site & in the studio: WHIZZ

      Music probably began with humans noticing the sounds they could get from hitting or scraping objects in the world around them. Over time we created musical instruments to refine those sounds. Percussionist Angela Hui finds joy and creative potential not only in such recognised musical instruments but also in the sounds we can make from everyday objects around us.

      For a century and a half, Hong Kong has expanded its coastline to meet the perpetual demand for more space, but the seas could roar back. The threat of climate change and the possibility that some cities or areas around the world could eventually be reclaimed by the sea has provided a starting point for the show "Liquid Ground", the latest collaboration between Para Site and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art. Featuring 11 new commissions and recent work by a total of 15 artists, the installations reflect on the aggressive land reclamation projects undertaken by many Asian cities, including Hong Kong’s "Lantau Tomorrow Vision".

      The all-girl band WHZZ was formed two years ago when vocalist Wong Yu-shan and her three fellow musicians got together via Instagram. But the band did not just get together due to social media. They still use it to highlight their music and their slickly produced videos, as well as to interact with their fans. For them, it is one strategy they can use to maintain their musical independence and individuality. Earlier this week, they came to our studio to tell us more.

    • Summer Music Program III - Vocal Series & in the studio: Loo Sze-wang and Michael Ng

      Summer Music Program III - Vocal Series & in the studio: Loo Sze-wang and Michael Ng

      Founded in 1965, the Department of Music of the Chinese University of Hong Kong has been nurturing diverse music talents ever since, and celebrated its 55th anniversary last year. However, because of a delay, the gala organised by the alumni will be held this year instead. Teachers and students from different generations will play together in Chinese ensembles, choirs and orchestras. Earlier this week, two of their graduates, Sheng player Loo Sze-wang and the Vice President of the Alumni Association came to our studio to share more with us.

      For an artist, singing is not necessarily only about entertaining people, but also a medium to express ones’ emotions and ideas. In today’s musical retrospective, we will revisit the cinematic rock of Nowhere Boys, with their song “Rhapsody”, a reflection of their passion and pride in making music. Following that, we will slow things down with a more mellow tune with Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Emmy the Great’s “Chang-E”, a tale about distance, and her love for the sound of Hong Kong’s traffic lights. Finally, we will experience a taste of a German love song, in a Lieder recital titled “I Am Certain I Shall See You Again”, by Baritone Benjamin Appl and Pianist James Baillieu.

    • Summer Music Program II - Band Series & in the studio: HK Youth Philharmonia

      Summer Music Program II - Band Series & in the studio: HK Youth Philharmonia

      The Covid-19 pandemic has upended many performing opportunities for artists, but six Hong Kong senior form students decided that nothing would stop them from making music. Last summer, they formed a new orchestra, The Hong Kong Youth Philharmonia, with other musicians all under the age of 21, and they will be making their public debut this week, in hope of lighting up the audiences’ hearts during these difficult times.

      Hong Kong has a vibrant band scene due to its multi-cultural mix. In the second part of this week's show, we have curated some diverse, unique and cool grooves - perfect for the sizzling summer. We will begin with some classic ska - with The Red Stripes playing "Big Boss Man" - followed by the fusion ensemble Sea Island & Ferry’s song, "Telescope", in which the band improvises with Asian and Western instruments. Still riding on the same vibe, we are ending with SIU2’s song, "Be Water", for another eclectic mix of Chinese lute, sheng and zheng, with piano, bass and drums.

    • Summer Music Program I - Piano Series & in the studio: RTHK Chamber Soloists

      Summer Music Program I - Piano Series & in the studio: RTHK Chamber Soloists

      Over the years, this piano has been played by some of the world’s best soloists, and in a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, rock and pop.
      We’ll begin our Summer Music Series this week with Chiyan Wong and the prelude from Mendelssohn’s Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1. That’ll be followed by Finnish pianist, conductor and composer Olli Mustonen performing his own piece “Siellulintu”, which refers to a “Soul Bird” from Finnish mythology.

      From Finland we’re heading to the moon, with British pianist, writer, composer, and painter Stephen Hough playing Debussy’s classic, “Clair de Lune”. And we’ll end with a taste of pop as Luca Sestak from Germany gives us his previously un-broadcast take on Ed Sheeran’s hit single, “Shape of You”.

      Formed in 2018, the RTHK Chamber Soloists includes two members from its predecessor, the RTHK Quartet: violinist Le Hoai-nam and cellist Laurent Perrin. They’ve now been joined by pianist Colleen Lee, clarinettist John Schertle and Andrew Ling, who plays violin and viola. The group, set up by Radio 4 to promote chamber music, gave a concert on Monday, playing two new commissioned works and other masterpieces.

    • "Letting Go. Carry On”, "Residual Heat” & in the studio: Megan Sterling & James Cuddeford

      The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our collective behaviour in terms of the ways in which we live, learn, work, and interact with one another. Many companies are now even considering whether working from home could be the permanent future of work. Creativity is key to coping with disruption. Artists are often at the forefront of proposing solutions.

      Fittingly titled for Hong Kong’s sometimes sweltering summer, “Residual Heat” is a group exhibition by seven Hong Kong artists from different generations that’s on show at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery. Curated by Chris Wan Feng, the exhibition, split into three parts, traces the aesthetic tradition and interconnected development of Hong Kong’s contemporary art scene. The works are accompanied by poems selected by poet Liu Wai-tong.

      The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal flautist Megan Sterling is used to performing a wide repertoire, from classical orchestral and chamber music to Cantopop.
      She is also a music teacher and a renowned soloist. This Saturday though, instead of performing with her regular orchestra, Megan will be accompanying the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the concert, “Collage on Bach”. She and concertmaster James Cuddeford are here to tell us more.

    • William Forsythe, exhibition

      William Forsythe, exhibition "Future of the Past" & in the studio: harmonicist Gordon Lee

      Although dancer and choreographer William Forsythe was trained in classical ballet, much of his work deconstructs the traditional form. He has been described as having reinvented the process of choreography and the teaching of dance. He has brought other disciplines into the art form, and – through his chorographic objects – encouraged those who encounter his work to become involved in the dance themselves, as many who visited his recent exhibition in Hong Kong discovered.

      The title of a group exhibition currently on show at Contemporary by Angela Li gallery, “Future of the Past” seems a little paradoxical. Curator Eric Leung has invited seven Hong Kong artists to explore the meaning of time, history and memory through painting, sculpture, digital images, and multimedia.

      In an upcoming concert to round off the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s 2020/2021 season, harmonicist Gordon Lee will be performing a concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra written for the renowned classical harmonica player, Tommy Reilly. The concert will be conducted by Colin Touchin and will also include the world premiere of his own Sinfonietta No.4, as well as Carl Maria von Weber’s Symphony No.2. Gordon has been talking to Billy Lee, presenter of our Chinese language sister programme:

    • BUAVA BA Graduation Exhibition 2021 & in the studio: Jan Curious and Teriver Cheung

      BUAVA BA Graduation Exhibition 2021 & in the studio: Jan Curious and Teriver Cheung

      Last week, we featured works by this year’s graduates from the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Fine Art department. The Chinese title of their exhibition, which focused on the theme of not taking things for granted was drawn from a popular party food: pineapple and sausages. This week, we will be looking at another crop of new talent: students from Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts.

      Jan Curious may be best known as the lead singer of the rock band Chochukmo. But his musical activities go far beyond that. There is the electronic group he co-founded, Jan Curious & tombeats. Then there is R.O.O.T. (Running Out of Time), which he began with guitarist Teriver Cheung in 2018. He is also an illustrator. Earlier this week, he came to our studio with Teriver to tell us more about a recent collaborative multi-media project, and why it does not involve him singing.