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    监制:Diana Wan

    08/11/2023

    Living in a metropolis like Hong Kong we sometimes resent and sometimes enjoy the unrelenting pace and energy of people and events around us. The buzz, the noise, the speed, are integral parts of our daily lives. We tend to see stillness and intensity of life as opposites. But for artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi, the idea of the “paradox of stillness” is at the centre of her practice.

    The group exhibition, “Human Silk” in Kwai Fung Salone features three artists from Italy: Paola Angelini, Thomas Braida and Nebojša Despotović. The exhibition title refers to Marco Polo’s voyage along the Silk Road and the long tradition of cultural exchange ever since. And Marco Polo isn’t the only connection with Venice. Not only did all three artists study there, it’s also the home base for the two guest curators Aurora Fonda and Sandro Pignotti.

    For her concert later this month in Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard Festival, pianist Shelley Ng is splitting the programme into two parts. The first half takes its inspiration from November’s full moon, the last before the Winter Solstice. The second half is more related to earthly matters.
    But what does that mean in terms of classical music?


    联络: wanyt@rthk.hk


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    • Birdcage-making, Japanese decorative art@Liang Yi & in the studio: Singer-songwriter Monkey

      Birdcage-making, Japanese decorative art@Liang Yi & in the studio: Singer-songwriter Monkey

      Traditional Chinese bird cages range from the basic to the sophisticated and often feature fine craftsmanship and materials. Their shape and design can vary from region to region and according to the bird species for which they are made. Keeping caged birds and showing them off was particularly popular In Hong Kong during the 1920s and 1930s, and remained a popular leisure and entertainment activity for decades. It was also an inseparable and sometimes competitive part of Chinese tea culture, as owners took their birds to traditional teahouses in the morning. But the number of dedicated bird lovers has dwindled, and the art of birdcage making is disappearing with them.

      Sit Tak-yung, also known as Monkey, is an Indonesian Chinese singer-songwriter and illustrator. Monkey describes his life and upbringing as ordinary. He says that as he’s not too good with words alone, he’s made music his way of recording his everyday life. His music journey started with busking on the streets, but in 2018 he formed his own label and has now made music his full-time career.

      21/02/2024
    • Jazz collective Fountain de Chopin, : Howie Tsui@Hanart & in the studio: CNY naamyam by Gregory Kwok & Nero Lee

      Jazz collective Fountain de Chopin, : Howie Tsui@Hanart & in the studio: CNY naamyam by Gregory Kwok & Nero Lee

      Kung Hei Fat Choy!

      Welcome to The Works. I’m Ben Tse, and of course joining me and Ben Pelletier this week to wish you a Happy Year of the Dragon is Billy Lee, the host of The Works Chinese language version 艺坊星期天. As you can see, we’re introducing a new set to ring in the Lunar New Year. Later on the show, we have a song written especially for us in the naamyam or Southern Song style to bless the brand-new stage. Don’t go away. Before that though, for the new year, a look at an initiative to inject new ideas and nurture new talent. We’re talking to a group of young jazz musicians who’ve joined forces to set up a platform to promote jazz and make it more accessible to Hong Kong audiences.

      The lion dance, Chinese acrobats, music, and Chinese opera, are all indispensable parts of the festivities as we celebrate the Lunar New Year. Originating in Guangdong, “naamyam”, also known as “southern song”, is a genre of narrative singing that was most popular in Hong Kong in the 1940s and 1950s. It was a major form of entertainment, often sung in tea houses. Many also liked to listen to “naamyam” during the Lunar New Year celebrations as well as at birthday banquets. Cantonese opera performer Gregory Kwok Kai-fai has been practising the art for almost 15 years and has played a variety of roles and characters. He has roles in several shows coming up as the new year begins, including two operas being presented to mark the fifth anniversary of The Xiqu Centre. For the Year of the Wood Dragon, he has written something especially for us. He and erhu musician Nero Lee are with us right now.

      14/02/2024
    • Ma Yansong, Group exhibition@3812 Gallery & in the studio: Soyoung Yoon, Woo Jiyeon & Alex Wun

      Ma Yansong, Group exhibition@3812 Gallery & in the studio: Soyoung Yoon, Woo Jiyeon & Alex Wun

      Joining us later on the show to welcome the Lunar New Year are two acclaimed South Korean musicians, violinist Yoon Soyoung, and cellist Woo Jiyeon. They’ll be here with local pianist Alex Wun to introduce us to their upcoming concert to celebrate the year of the Wood Dragon. First though, Chinese tradition is the foundation of Ma Yansong’s architectural design. He’s particularly interested in the residential compounds known as the “siheyuan”, usually a quadrangle of buildings enclosing a courtyard. He also believes in the philosophy of “shanshui” which emphasises the idea of achieving a balance between the natural environment, the urban landscape, and society to design and build future cities.

      On show at the 3812 Gallery in Hong Kong, is “Seeking Connections”, a group exhibition by four young artists from Hong Kong and one from Macau.

      To celebrate Lunar New Year, the Korean Cultural Centre is organising a concert to bring Chinese and Korean cultures together. Joining a group of young musicians from the Hong Kong Generation Next Arts are acclaimed violinist Yoon Soyoung and cellist Woo Jiyeon. They’ll be playing a variety of pieces from the classical repertoire, as well as Chinese and Korean folk songs. They’re here with pianist Alex Wun to tell us more.

      07/02/2024
    • Photographer Chucky Li, Tsuguharu Foujita@Chatham Maison & in the studio: Andy Schaub

      Photographer Chucky Li, Tsuguharu Foujita@Chatham Maison & in the studio: Andy Schaub

      Swiss singer-songwriter Andy Schaub says he’s been fascinated by Asian culture since he was a child and interested in Chinese pop music for at least a decade. That passion led him to travel thousands of miles from his village home near Basel in Switzerland to live and work in Hong Kong. He’ll be here later to tell us more. Also travelling thousands of miles from his homeland was Chucky Li’s grandfather Yu Changde who was born in Indonesia in 1937 but taken to China by his Chinese stepfather a decade later. The far-reaching journey of her grandfather’s life has inspired Li to make a photographic pilgrimage of her own to reconnect with her family history.

      In Chatham Maison, a Grade II listed building halfway up The Peak, is an art space called the Art Research and Exchange Centre of Wei Gallery. Currently showing here is “A Line that Never Ends”, an exhibition focusing on the life and work of Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita.

      31/01/2024
    • Int. w/ film director Park Chan-wook, Qipao@HK Film Archive & in the studio: Guzheng player Wan Xing

      Int. w/ film director Park Chan-wook, Qipao@HK Film Archive & in the studio: Guzheng player Wan Xing

      Audiences in Hong Kong and around the world are increasingly familiar with, and appreciative of, the works of South Korean film director, Park Chan-wook. He’s not only a director but also a screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. Last November, M+ organised a film programme that included a series of his feature films and four shorts. Park visited Hong Kong in early December to conduct a masterclass”. Producer Natalie Chui went to talk to him.

      If you’re a film buff, it’s quite likely you’ll recognise some of the cheongsam or qipaos behind me. This one was worn by Maggie Cheung in Stanley Kwan’s 1992 film, “Centre Stage”. In fact, all of the costumes here have been worn by renowned actresses in iconic films. The exhibition, "Cinderella and Her Qipao" features 31 qipao costumes that appeared in films from the 1950s to the 1990s.

      Formally trained at the Central Conservatory of Music in the Mainland, guzheng player and curator Wan Xing’s also has master’s degrees from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her diverse repertoire includes traditional music, fusion, electronica, and original compositions. Apart from performing, she has worked with the Hong Kong Museum of Art to compose music for exhibitions. She’s giving a recital at the Hong Kong City Hall at the end of the month, and she’s with us right now.

      24/01/2024
    • Ink artist Chan Kwan-lok, Cristobal Gabarron@Ora Ora & in the studio: Ear Up Festival & rosemances

      Ink artist Chan Kwan-lok, Cristobal Gabarron@Ora Ora & in the studio: Ear Up Festival & rosemances

      The annual Ear Up Music Festival returns this week with a line-up that features 12 groups of young music talents. They are the finalists chosen from a one-year mentorship programme to showcase their music in the two-day festival. But before our chat with young musicians, we’re taking you into the Chinese ink paintings of Chan Kwan-lok in which he incorporates elements from Venetian art to give a sense of the sacred in the natural world.

      Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron is known for his public art pieces, including large-scale sculptures and paintings. His works range from the figurative, containing recognisable symbols and objects, to the abstract. On show at Ora-Ora gallery, “Gabarron: The Humanist” is a solo show for which he’s created five series of new works.

      Now in its sixth year, the “Ear Up Incubation” is a music mentorship programme where young musicians learn about not only music-making but also about performance, the art of making connections, and industry trends. After a year, 12 groups of young musicians have been selected as finalists and are going to be featured in the two-day “Ear Up Music Festival”. Veteran music producer and creative director of the programme, Yuen Chi-chung is here to tell us more. With him is one of the finalist groups, the music duo “rosemances”.

      17/01/2024
    • Kongkee

      Kongkee "Warring States Cyberpunk”, Lawrence Carroll@Villepin & in the studio: HK Music Lover Chinese Orchestra

      We’re beginning with an imagined world in which the legendary Chinese poet Qu Yuan, the man whose demise we commemorate every year during the Dragon Boat Festival, lives again 2,000 years after his death. How would a poet from the Kingdom of Chu in the Warring States period cope in a neon-lit cyberpunk future? That’s the question posed by a current exhibition at Tai Kwun.

      "Whispers of the Soul” at Villepin Gallery is the first Hong Kong exhibition to focus on the work (no s ) of Lawrence Carroll. The artist died in 2019. The exhibition, set up with the support of his wife, Lucy Jones Carroll, is a tribute to his unique practice of painting.

      Since its founding in 1979, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra has given regular performances in Hong Kong and overseas. As its name reveals, Chinese music is at the core of its repertoire, but the orchestra doesn’t just focus on traditional music. It also aims for innovation, as it’s highlighting in its upcoming concert “New Vibes of Traditional Chinese Music – Harmony”.

      10/01/2024
    • JCCAC 15th Anniversary prog., Metamorphosis@WKM Gallery & in the studio: HK Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble

      JCCAC 15th Anniversary prog., Metamorphosis@WKM Gallery & in the studio: HK Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble

      Hi there, and welcome to the first edition of The Works in 2024. With the beginning of the new year, we’re featuring a couple of art organisations that have anniversaries to celebrate. One of them is the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild. On January 12th, the guild is presenting the second of three concerts in a festival to celebrate musical creativity. One group taking part is the Hong Kong Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble, members of which will be here later to tell us more. The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre is also celebrating an anniversary, its 15th, and it’s doing so by mounting an exhibition featuring works by many of the artists who work in its studios.

      WKM Gallery opened in Wong Chuk Hang in November. It’s named after its founder William Kayne Mukai who has both Japanese and French roots and wants the gallery to bring together a range of cultures. The 2,600 square foot space is divided into four zones based on the Japanese design concept of “ma”, which roughly translates to “negative space”. The idea is to create a sense of a “gap” or “pause” in which to create new meaning. The inaugural exhibition, “Metamorphosis: Japan’s Evolving Society” features works by 12 contemporary Japanese artists in a variety of media including photography, painting, sculpture, and embroidery.

      03/01/2024
    • Mr Doodle in Hong Kong, fuchsia@10 Chancery Lane & HKPhil’s Trombone Quintet & Ben Pelletier

      Mr Doodle in Hong Kong, fuchsia@10 Chancery Lane & HKPhil’s Trombone Quintet & Ben Pelletier

      Last week we featured an ongoing community busking programme that the Hong Kong Philharmonic is organising to mark its Golden Jubilee in 2024.
      Later on today’s show, I’ll be talking to their Chief Executive to find out more about the orchestra’s 50th birthday celebration. Also taking art to the street – in fact he’s keen to doodle anywhere he can – is British artist Sam Cox, widely known as Mr Doodle. He was in Hong Kong earlier, transfiguring one area in the MTR’s Hong Kong Station close to where I'm standing, in a rare live art performance.

      Cross the threshold into the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery and you’ll find yourself encountering the “Otherworlds”, inhabited by angels, underwater creatures, and mysterious plants, by artist fuchsia. The climate crisis is a major theme in her watercolour and oil paintings. Her angels, she says, represent love, vulnerability, and innocence, core elements in human beings that we sometimes lose as we become adults.

      With 2024 just around the corner, there is also a little surprise from our presenter, Ben Pelletier to help us get ready to ring in the new year.

      27/12/2023
    • The Works Christmas Special 2023

      The Works Christmas Special 2023

      The Works Christmas Special 2023

      25/12/2023