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    10/03/2021

    Artist Chan Wai-lap’s works are often very personal and explore his inner self. His early works were inspired by memories of secondary school life, and many focused on the social constructs of the education system and his sense of identity growing up in post-colonial Hong Kong. In his latest work, he talks about his mother.

    Memories of growing up and of her surroundings also provide fruitful inspiration for painter Carmen Ng. Ng recalls that when she was small, she and her siblings loved to sit on the front seats on the upper deck of buses where she would draw on the condensation on the windows and make her earliest pictures. On show at Karin Weber Gallery, “Flowers In the Window” includes water colour paintings of Hong Kong’s cityscape and imaginative dream-like images.

    Good news for concertgoers. After months of suspension of live music performances due to the outbreak of the fourth wave of Covid-19, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is returning to the Cultural Centre Concert Hall with stringent health and safety measures. This Friday, pianist Vanessa Wong is playing with the orchestra in a concert that includes music by Ginastera, Gershwin and Dvorak. She came to our studio to share with us more about the concert.


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    • Surrealism art @ HKMoA, William Lim @ Grotto SKW & in the studio: pianist Tsang Hin-yat

      Surrealism art @ HKMoA, William Lim @ Grotto SKW & in the studio: pianist Tsang Hin-yat

      Home to more than 120,000 works from the 20th and 21st centuries, the Centre Pompidou in Paris has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.
      Now some of that art is here in Hong Kong. As part of The French May Arts Festival, the Museum of Art is currently showing over 100 works and artefacts from the Pompidou collection connected with the Surrealist Movement.

      William Lim trained as an architect, but he says art is his first love. He is an avid collector, artist and educator. Last year, he and his wife donated 90 works from their own collection to the M+ museum. Lim held his first solo exhibition at Grotto Fine Art 16 years ago. Since then, he and the gallery have continued to collaborate from time to time, with works that range from photographic prints on canvas to works using disposable objects. On show at Grotto SKW right now, “A Year of Lost & Found” features new works, most of which are oil paintings.

      A former student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, pianist Tsang Hin-yat has since garnered an assortment of international awards and played in concert halls in London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Barcelona, mainland China, Japan and Taiwan. As part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series, on 7th July Tsang will be playing Beethoven’s Last Three Piano Sonatas.

      23/06/2021
    • NFT in the art world & in the studio: Cy Leo, Joyce Cheung & a string quartet

      NFT in the art world & in the studio: Cy Leo, Joyce Cheung & a string quartet

      If you are technically inclined, or even if you are just someone looking for new ways to invest or make money, you have probably heard about cryptocurrency and its digital ledger, blockchain. There are many cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin and Ethereum are probably the best known. Now NFT, non-fungible tokens, units of data stored on a blockchain that certify the uniqueness and ownership of any digital file, are providing artists and collectors with new ways to create, collect, and invest in, works of art.

      Earlier this year, even though the Covid-19 pandemic has made international travel more difficult if not dangerous, harmonicist Cy Leo went to New York to pursue his dream. In January of this year, he went to New York to embark on a new musical journey. He has described the five months he spent in the Big Apple as “the most luxurious period of his life” because he was able to focus solely on working on his dream. Cy recently returned to Hong Kong and has already lined up a couple of concerts. He came to our studio to tell us more.

      16/06/2021
    • Xie Jing-lan or Lalan at Asia Society HK & in the studio: HK Big Band Jazz Federation

      Xie Jing-lan or Lalan at Asia Society HK & in the studio: HK Big Band Jazz Federation

      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.

      09/06/2021
    • CCDC moves to Tai Po Arts Centre, Jack Whitten & in the studio: Sherine Wong & Eugene Pao

      CCDC moves to Tai Po Arts Centre, Jack Whitten & in the studio: Sherine Wong & Eugene Pao

      Over more than forty years, the City Contemporary Dance Company has grown into Hong Kong’s largest and longest established modern dance company. Since its early days the company has been based in Wong Tai Sin, but now it, and many of its members, are facing the challenges of having to find a new home base.

      While others often described his work as “abstract”, American artist Jack Whitten liked to describe his art as art with truth and soul. He liked to find new and innovative ways to work with paint, often embedding other materials into the surfaces of his paintings. An African American, born in 1939 in a segregated Alabama, Whitten was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. Several series of his work focus on Black lives. On show for the first time in Hong Kong at Hauser & Wirth are paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the 1960s up to the 2010s.

      Sherine Wong started her musical journey more than three decades ago in Malaysia. Before finding her passion in music, she was an athlete and won the title of Miss Malaysia Universe in 1998 when she was just 18. But a love for making music and performing drove her to study jazz in Hong Kong, Japan and New York. She is here with guitarist Eugene Pao to chat with us and bring us her latest single.

      02/06/2021
    • Art Basel HK & Art Central 2021 & in the studio: Patrick Lui, Sylvain Gagnon & Nate Wong

      Art Basel HK & Art Central 2021 & in the studio: Patrick Lui, Sylvain Gagnon & Nate Wong

      After a one-year hiatus due to Covid-19, two of Hong Kong’s biggest art fairs, Hong Kong Art Basel and Art Central returned, this time in a hybrid form that allowed you to experience them both physically and virtually.

      Throughout his career, Claude Bolling, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader not only worked in jazz but also collaborated with classical musicians. On top of that, he wrote music for over 100 films. His 1975, “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, remained on the Billboard classical album chart for ten years. He died last December at the age of 90. In an upcoming concert, “Rolling with Bolling”, local musicians, Patrick Lui, Sylvain Gagnon and Nate Wong are about to pay homage to this legend.

      26/05/2021
    • Art x sports in

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      Apart from visual artists and writers who have taken the moon as their subject, the moon has also provided inspiration for musicians, from Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata to Debussy’s Clair de Lune. It also features in the Chinese folk tune “Colourful Clouds Chasing the Moon”” one of the pieces to be performed in an upcoming concert by Chinese pianist Niu Niu and French cellist Laurent Perrin. The concert will include music by Beethoven, Fauré, and Niu Niu himself.

      19/05/2021
    • HKMoA's

      HKMoA's "Ways of Seeing HK Art in the 80s and 90s" & in the studio: flautist Olivier Nowak

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      The festival may be called “Le French May” but for some time now it has extended pretty much over two months. Like last year’s event, 2021’s French May naturally has to contend with complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, but under the theme “Artistic Getaway” it hopes to bring French art to Hong Kong audiences and viewers whatever the restrictions we may be facing. Music is a major component, and on May 22nd, the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Co-Principal flautist, Olivier Nowak will join conductor Sylvain Gasancon in a concert that promises to take us from the majesty of the Swiss Alps with Honegger’s atmospheric tone poem “Pastorale d’été” to the life of insects in a garden in an excerpt from Albert Roussel’s “Le festin de l'araignée”.

      12/05/2021
    • HK Design Trust's

      HK Design Trust's "Play is for the People”, "Art Machines"@CityU Gallery & in the studio: pianist Zee Zee

      The importance of play and its benefits are scientifically proven in promoting children’s well-being, development and bonding with their parents. But in contemporary societies, factors such as the pressure of education, hurried lifestyle, changed in family structures often reduced parents and children’s playtime. One recent project in a narrow space in Tsuen Wan tried to use design to facilitate the essential elements of play.

      As in design, the making of art is not possible without the use of different tools and technologies. And the history of artists collaborating with engineers, architects and other professionals of different fields to realise the artistic visions is a long-established one. On show at the Indra and Harry Banga Gallery at the City University of Hong Kong, “Art Machines” consists of 34 artworks by 25 artists that look at such relationships from the past to present.

      Chinese pianist began her musical training in Germany when she was five. She later returned to China and to complete her piano studies at the Shenzhen Arts School. She then went her to continue her further training at the Eastman School of Music and at the Julliard School. In addition to being a concert pianist, she is also passionate about chamber music. Two years ago, she came to Hong Kong to perform at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. And she is back, this time for a recital with Premiere Performances of a programme which is closed to her heart.

      05/05/2021
    • Lee Kit, Kingsley Ng @ Oi!, Wong Yuk-shan's

      Lee Kit, Kingsley Ng @ Oi!, Wong Yuk-shan's "Fleeting Logs" & in the studio: Project M0Ch3

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      Also focusing on memory is Wong Yuk-shan’s current exhibition “Fleeting Logs” at Wan Chai’s ACO. The work on show is part of a project called, “Before it fades to white” in which she explores the idea of fleeting moments. The exhibition includes new digital media and oil paintings and, says the artist, emerges from the situation in the past year in which many of us have had to spend more time alone and had more time to look within ourselves.

      Flautist Stephen Lee and pianist Christine Cheng formed the duo Project M0Ch3 in the hope of promoting music written for the flute and piano. Next week, they will be giving a recital of classical and contemporary French music as part of this year’s Le French May art festival. They came to our studio to tell us more.

      28/04/2021
    • Art & Video game,

      Art & Video game, "Art Walk: Before a Passage" & in the studio: cellist Thomas Hung

      The Covid lockdowns and restrictions around the world have been bad news for many companies, industries, and occupations, but enforced isolation has been relatively good for video games. Throughout 2020, video game revenue surged 20% to US$179.7 billion. The industry outperformed both movies and sports combined as forms of entertainment. Video game development merges art, technology, interactive design, and – often – storytelling. Not only are a range of artistic disciplines involved, some games also provide new opportunities for artists and art lovers to explore.

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      Cellist Thomas Hung studied cello at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts before going on to perform with orchestras in places as varied as Latvia, Taiwan and Macau. On the 18th June he will be giving a recital in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series. It includes pieces by Schumann, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Dall’Abaco. Thomas came to our studio to give us a preview.

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