Join Hong Kong-based musicians and artists in an online sharing session about how technological developments facilitate international musical collaborations. Musicians from the Freespace Jazz Fest Experimental Jazz Lab, including experimentalist Mike Yip, electroacoustic musician Vanissa Law, pianist Daniel Chu, saxophonist Charles Ng and moderator Kung Chi-shing will reflect on how the event brought together artists from Taiwan, Zurich and Hong Kong for real-time virtual collaborations across borders. The musicians will share insights and challenges they discovered while working with new technologies and the unique logistic and artistic choices they made with overseas artists.
Internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist Kinglsey Ng will also contribute his more than a decade of expertise intertwining technology with music. Kingsley’s experience and obvservations will spark dialogue about how increasingly accessible technology has allowed artists to transcend geographic boundaries and experiment with new ideas. Virtual collaborative technology has proven not only to be an alternative to traditional expressions of live music, but as a viable way forward even after Covid-19 travel restrictions end.
8 March 2021 (Monday)
The talk will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
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Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, it will be rescheduled or cancelled.
About the Guests:
Composer, improviser and experimentalist, Mike Yip’s work is characterised by cross-cultural and experimental practices. In his performances, electric guitar, effect processors and modular synthesizers are used as the major medium of expression. Yip studied jazz guitar with Eugene Pao and composition with Prof. Chan Hing Yan. He is currently a member of contemporary jazz group Mo-Men-T, electronic music group thisisthewaytheworldends and ensemble associate of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
Vanissa Law was born in Hong Kong and began her studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University with Chinese composer Cui Shiguang. She then turned her focus towards electroacoustic music composition during her stay at Ball State University, Indiana, majoring in voice and music composition. She studied voice with Katusha Tsui-Fraser and Dr Mei Zhong, and was the winner of the regional (Indiana) audition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in US in 2008. Law obtained her PhD in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Keyes. She is now part-time lecturer at HKU Department of Music.
Improvising keyboardist, songwriter and producer Daniel Chu is known for avant-garde explorations encompassing a range of genres, cultures, musical traditions and playing techniques. Chu has performed, written and produced for pop divas and independent artists alike, and in 2018 co-founded the electroacoustic trio manvsmachine with sound designer hirsk and drummer Blue Kwok.
Classical saxophonist Charles Ng is a prominent featured soloist and performer in various chamber groups, wind ensembles and orchestras. After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Saxophone Performance with first class honours, Ng furthered his education in masters studies at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. He is the winner of the City of Vienna Fidelio Competition in 2016 and is set to study a Masters of Transdisciplinary Studies and Specialised Music Performance in the Soloist master (Class Lars Mlekusch) programme at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
Kingsley Ng is an interdisciplinary artist and designer specialising in conceptual, site-specific and community-oriented projects, his large-scale art projects include Twenty-Five Minutes Older, After the Deluge and Secret Garden. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts.