監製:Diana Wan


    We're already seeing more artistes from around the world coming to Hong Kong since quarantine restrictions for visitors were reduced in late September. And there was even better news for Hong Kong-based musicians and performers when live performances in bars and restaurants were allowed to resume on 20th October. However, for almost all of them it's been particularly tough to try to make a living over the past two and a half years or more.

    Chop Suey, a dish made up of stir-fried meat, egg and an assortment of vegetables is one of the most recognised dishes in Chinese-American cuisine. According to some sources the name derives from 雜碎 literally meaning "miscellaneous leftovers" or "odds and ends". Well, "Chop Suey" is also the title of a retrospective exhibition of Wilson Shieh’s works from 2008 to 2022 at JPS Gallery Hong Kong. He's particularly known for his traditional fine brush gongbi paintings. This time his subjects include contemporary scenes, human figures, and reflection on Hong Kong popular culture.

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    • Walter Koditek's

      Walter Koditek's "HK Modern Architecture", Ting Yin Yung@HKU & in the studio: guitarist Adrian Walter

      Like many European countries, Germany can boast a wide array of architectural styles, from the Romanesque to the Gothic and on to the Baroque, the Bauhaus, and the Modernist. Its buildings range from traditional timbered houses, to chalets, castles, and historic rural homes. This is the architectural heritage that inspired author and photographer Walter Koditek, who is now based in Hong Kong.

      To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of master, Ting Yin Yung, the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong is featuring a retrospective exhibition of his work. Ting, gaining much inspiration from Western styles of art, brought together the techniques and characteristics of Western and Chinese painting. On show till the 26th February, “Enduring Strength and Passion: The Chinese and Western Art of Ting Yin Yung” showcases his straightforward and approachable style.

      A music educator for more than three decades, Adrian Walter is also a renowned classical guitarist. He took up a position as the director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012, with the declared aim of positioning the academy as a “top-tier institution in the region.” Walter is also an authority on the repertoire and performance practice of the early nineteenth century guitar. In 2020, he retired from the academy, but he’s in back to Hong Kong this week for a concert of Mexican music with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

    • Chinese New Year Special: Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble & TroVessional

      Chinese New Year Special: Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble & TroVessional

      This is the time for our Lunar New Year celebration. All of us here on The Works and 藝坊星期天 wish everyone a lucky Year of the Rabbit. We’re here to bring you some festive music to celebrate the new year. To mark the 20th anniversary of its establishment, the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble is having a fund-raising concert during the holidays, and they are here to tell us more. And we'll also have TroVessional, a local band known for injecting innovative ideas into Cantonese and Chinese ethnic music.

    • Pokfulam Farm & in the studio:

      Pokfulam Farm & in the studio: "Crash & Explore” with K622 Clarinet Ensembles

      According to the “Xin An Xian Zhi”, an 1819 gazette, the name Pokfulam refers to a species of bird called Pok-fu (薄鳧) that was once common in the area. Pokfulam Village has existed since the early 17th century. Today, the same name refers to a much larger neighbourhood that can boast several historic buildings including the Bethanie, a cluster of properties under the Old Dairy Farm, and Douglas Castle, now the University Hall of the University of Hong Kong. One of those historic buildings, the Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters has now been revitalised as a “living” museum.

      "Crash & Explore” is a pilot project presented by the local group, K622 Clarinet Ensembles with the support of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. That project focuses on developing new compositions and performances, as well as larger audiences, for the clarinet. Five recently graduated composers took part in the project, and we now have members of K622 Clarinet Ensembles with us to tell us more.

    • Luis Chan@HKAC,

      Luis Chan@HKAC, "Hylozoism"@HKDI & in the studio: violinist Kitty Cheung & pianist Jenny Ng

      Luis Chan came to Hong Kong from Panama at the age of five in 1910. He died in 1995, leaving a rich legacy of work in many styles, work that reflected Hong Kong's changing landscape and art scene. On show at the Hong Kong Art Centre, “All The World’s A Stage” is a flagship exhibition of “Fuk Bak”’s art and legacy.

      Hylozoism is the philosophical point of view that all matter is in some way alive, and that this life or spiritual activity unifies all matter. The exhibition “Hylozoism” at the Hong Kong Design Institute Gallery, addresses the ways in which mankind and technology impact nature. Local and international artists and design studios, such as fuse*, Ellen Pau, Keith Lam, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Philip Beesley present five new media works, films, soundscapes, installations, and a pop-up garden, to create a "neo-nature" environment.

      The compositions of composer and pianist Arno Babajanian are influenced by Khachaturian and Rachmaninov. They range from popular songs in collaboration with renowned Russian poets, film scores, and ballet pieces to works in more virtuosic and chromatic genres. Armenian folk music and traditions are key to his own artistry. Violinist Kitty Cheung and pianist Jenny Ng are here to talk to us about their upcoming concert featuring one of his best-known sonatas.

    • Art & fashion upcycling, “Gender & Space”@Tai Kwun & in the studio: pianist Niu Niu

      Art & fashion upcycling, “Gender & Space”@Tai Kwun & in the studio: pianist Niu Niu

      2023 is here, and the Lunar New Year will be with us soon. For some it's a time to acquire new clothes for the new year, and that often means throwing away old ones. Hong Kong government research suggests we dispose of an average of 392 tonnes of textile waste per day, 50% of which is clothing. One local artist and designer is among those trying to reduce this waste.

      At Tai Kwun, the exhibition “Gender & Space” provides a different perspective on the century and a half since the Central Police Station opened on the site by focusing on the underrepresentation of women during that time, who've often been unfree, powerless, and subject to inequality. It tells the stories of women from different social backgrounds in different periods, including female prisoners, people suffering from gender-based crimes, and sex workers. It also reminds us how empowerment through education can enable upward mobility.

      Pianist Niu Niu came to our studio last May with cellist Laurent Perrin to tell us about their collaboration in a concert for the French May Festival. A few weeks ago, he was with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra performing two concerts of two Tchaikovsky pieces. He’s with us now to talk about his newly released album.

    • Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now@M+ & in the studio: Transience Music Festival

      Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now@M+ & in the studio: Transience Music Festival

      It's time to say goodbye to 2022 and welcome in 2023. Spearheaded by guitarist Teriver Cheung, “Ensemble Transience: Composition & Improvisation – Encore” is a two-year project that involves a diversity of music, art forms and activities. The culmination of that project is an outdoor festival on the first Saturday of 2023 at the Zero Carbon Park in Kowloon Bay. Later, guitarist Teriver Cheung & co-curator of the festival, Sheeta Ng will be here to tell us about the first Transience Music Festival happening on the first Saturday of the new year.

      For Yayoi Kusama, art is a not just a vocation, it's a necessity. She says she began painting as a child, at about the same time she began experiencing hallucinations that often manifested as fields of dots. She has described herself as an “obsessional artist”. She's 93 now, and her career spans more than seven decades. Her works include painting, sculpture, performance art, and installations. At M+ Museum until May, you can visit the largest Asian retrospective of Kusama's work outside of Japan.

    • Christmas Special 2022: percussionist Lauren Yuen & singer Jennifer Palor

      Christmas Special 2022: percussionist Lauren Yuen & singer Jennifer Palor

      Hello and welcome to The Works. It is the time of the year when The Works and our sister programme 藝坊星期天 bring you something festive in our Christmas Special. And with us today is the presenter of that sister programme: Billy Lee. Hello everyone, I'm Billy Lee. Also here to wish you all a Merry Christmas! We’re bringing you a jazzy Christmas this year. Musically, Christmas and jazz have long gone together, thanks to classics by performers ranging from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to modern day musicians such as Michael Bublé and Diana Krall. Later, Ben Pelletier will be talking to singer Jennifer Palor about the irresistibly festive mélange of jazz and Christmas tunes. But before that with us is Lauren Yuen, a young musician who is also a big jazz fan.

      For Christians, Christmas is of course the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It has also became a secular family holiday observed by non-Christians all across the world. Families and friends come together to celebrate the holiday season with food, gift-giving, and music. Singing carols and Christmas music is a quintessential part of the festivities. There's Christmas music in a wide range of genres, from church plainsong through Baroque and medieval, popular music, to carols and contemporary Christmas songs. Jazz has long been a natural accompaniment to the holidays too. Jennifer Palor is here to talk about her upcoming concert as part of “Jazz in the Neighbourhood” in Tsuen Wan on Christmas Day.

    • Nate Wong & Good Funk Shui & Ming Fay@Alisan Fine Art

      Nate Wong & Good Funk Shui & Ming Fay@Alisan Fine Art

      Today we're welcoming back to the show our friend, musician Nate Wong. He may be best known as the founder and drummer of the popular band Nowhere Boys and for performing with Cantopop stars such as Sammi Cheng and Hacken Lee. He’s also an accomplished jazz and funk musician. Apart from Nowhere Boys, Nate is also involved in two other bands, Wong Way Down and Good Funk Shui. He’s here with Good Funk Shui to talk about a new album that he’s been working on for the past three years.

      “Journey Into Nature” is the title of the latest exhibition by sculptor and installation artist Ming Fay at Alisan Fine Arts. Some viewers may recognise some of the works on show: the exhibition is in part an expansion of the large-scale installation “Garden of Life” that was presented at the most recent Art Basel Hong Kong.
      As well as his iconic larger than life fruits, nuts and vegetables, the exhibition includes works from his Tai Chi figure and wishbones series, and some early sketches.

    • Mandala weaving, Little Thunder@Over the Influence & in the studio: the band Tarboosh

      Mandala weaving, Little Thunder@Over the Influence & in the studio: the band Tarboosh

      At its most popular during the Ottoman Era, the fez is a felt hat, usually red, often with a tassel on top, that's also known as a “tarboosh” in Turkish. It's still worn not only across the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Asia but also by members of certain masonic groups in the United States. Later on the show, we'll be joined by a band called “Tarboosh” who took their name from this item of head gear.

      Mandalas are geometric configurations of symbols often used in religious and spiritual practice. You may be most used to seeing them in Asian traditions, but they are also common in Central and South America in the Aztec and Mayan traditions. One Hong Kong artist in particular, is drawing on the tradition of a yarn mandala known as the Ojo de Dios.

      Comic artist and illustrator, Cheng Sum-ling is known as Little Thunder. Her ink and watercolour subjects are inspired by Japanese manga, American pin-ups, and Hong Kong culture. Her characters are a representation of feminine sexuality, empowerment, and whimsicality. On show at Over the Influence gallery until Christmas Eve, “Reality Dropout” is Little Thunder’s first solo exhibition. She says the 12 new paintings on show seek to take viewers away from reality, and encourage them to realise that the lines between reality and the imagination are getting increasingly blurred.

    • Liechtenstein Princely Collections, Adia Millett@Galerie du Monde & in the studio: cellist Jan Vogler

      Liechtenstein Princely Collections, Adia Millett@Galerie du Monde & in the studio: cellist Jan Vogler

      Hong Kong Palace Museum is staging an exhibition featuring some of the finest art works collected over centuries by the princes of one of Europe's smallest states, the principality of Liechtenstein that lies between Switzerland and Austria. “Odysseys of Art: Masterpieces Collected by the Princes of Liechtenstein” showcases over 120 paintings, prints, tapestries, sculptures, and decorative art objects selected from over 30,000 works in the Princely Collections.

      How can music from jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, and Nina Simone be transposed into visual art?
      That’s the idea behind “You Will be Remembered”, US artist Adia Millett's second solo exhibition in Asia, which is currently on show at Galerie du Monde. Millett listened to a selection of jazz music over days and weeks and read commentaries and background on the music to create a series of abstract paintings made up of patterns, shapes and forms reminiscent of those you might find in quilt making designs or even stained glass.

      The turmoil and struggles of life are the theme of an upcoming concert of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. It is presenting a programme of music composed against the backdrop of the two World Wars by Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, and Dmitri Shostakovich. One is the orchestral interlude, “Four Sea Interludes” from Britten’s first successful opera, "Peter Grimes". There's also Edward Elgar’s most confessional and final major work for orchestra, the Cello Concerto. And to complete the concert, Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Cellist Jan Vogler is here with us to tell us more.