Hong Kong music and video artists join forces to present a cross-media live performance. Musicians including Olivier Cong, Fung Lam, Mike Yip, Narbi, Bowen Li and the newly-formed Freespace Ensemble perform various genre-defying music. Simultaneously, video artists exhibit visually stunning short films in the background, creating an innovative audio-visual experience.

The programme is a celebration of rearrangements, featuring a revamped version of Olivier Cong's spellbinding The Interpretation of Milou's Dream with Linus Chan's video. The audio-visual piece tells an introspective story and brings solace after an isolating year.

The Freespace Ensemble, a new group-in-residence at Freespace, will make their debut by playing Fung Lam's rearranged pieces, including Reminiscence (taken from Hong Kong Episodes), under the backdrop of the visual works by Jess Lau Ching-wa and Anthony Lai. Mike Yip will collaborate with Narbi and Bowen Li to twine their compositions around the films by Prescott Law Ho-pui and Wong Cheuk-man.

Programme:

20 March 2021 (Saturday)

Music x Video Rearranged by Artists
Don’t Mind (Music composed by Narbi x Video directed by Prescott Law Ho-pui) Mike Yip, Narbi Narbi (Vocal / Acoustic Guitar); Mike Yip (Electric Guitar / Synthesisers); Rebecca Li (Cello)
In C (Composed by Terry Riley) x The Cinema of Walking: Airship (Directed by Jess Lau Ching-wa)   Freespace Ensemble
Reminiscence (Music composed by Fung Lam x Video directed by Anthony Lai) Fung Lam Freespace Ensemble
The Interpretation of Milou’s Dream (Music composed by Olivier Cong x Video directed by Linus Chan) Olivier Cong Olivier Cong (Vocal / Electric Guitar / Keyboard); Mike Yip (Electric Guitar / Synthesisers); Nelson Fung (Double Bass); Kittytrouble (Drums)

21 March 2021 (Sunday)

Music x Video Rearranged by Artists
People Live For People (Composed by Bowen Li) x Lovers in the Wave (Directed by Wong Cheuk-man) Mike Yip, Bowen Li Bowen Li (Piano); Mike Yip (Electric Guitar / Synthesisers)
In C (Composed by Terry Riley) x The Cinema of Walking: Airship (Directed by Jess Lau Ching-wa)   Freespace Ensemble
Reminiscence (Composed by Fung Lam x Directed by Anthony Lai) Fung Lam Freespace Ensemble
The Interpretation of Milou’s Dream (Composed by Olivier Cong x Directed by Linus Chan) Olivier Cong Olivier Cong (Vocal / Electric Guitar / Keyboard); Mike Yip (Electric Guitar / Synthesisers); Nelson Fung (Double Bass); Kittytrouble (Drums)

Language:
Cantonese

Date:
20 March 2021 (Saturday)
21 March 2021 (Sunday)

Time:
8:00pm
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with intermission

Venue:
The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Tickets:
$180

Remarks:

  • In line with the latest government regulations and in the interests of community health, the seating capacity is currently operating at reduced levels which may affect the admission and seating arrangement. Please check back for event announcements and updates.
  • Children ages 6 and below will not be admitted.
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
    • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022, ticketinfo@wkcda.hk

Programme Enquiries:
Ms Lau (852) 2200 0844, june.lau@wkcda.hk

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, the event will be cancelled.

About Artistic Team:

Fung Lam
Hong Kong composer Fung Lam’s music has been performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and South Bank Centre in London. He holds the distinction of being the first Hong Kong composer to be commissioned by the BBC. His prolific output includes orchestral works Endless Forms, premiered at the BBC Proms in 2012, and Quintessence, written in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served as Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence and Director of Artistic Planning, and holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Sussex. He was awarded the Young Artist Award in 2011 from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Website

Mike Yip
Mike Yip is a composer, improviser and experimentalist whose work is characterized by a cross-boundary approach to cultures, traditions and genres, as well as experimentation in new performance practice and improvisation. The main musical instruments he uses for live performance include electric guitar, effect processors and electronic instruments like modular synthesizers. One of his recent researches focuses on the potential use of electric guitar in contemporary music and on combining electric instruments, Western traditional instruments, ethnic instruments and signal-processing technology in music compositions. Instagram

Yip studied jazz guitar with renowned guitarist Eugene Pao and completed postgraduate studies in composition under Professor Chan Hing Yan’s supervision. 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.

Olivier Cong
Olivier Cong is a contemporary songwriter and composer who is known for his darkly evocative musical style. Following solo performances in Europe, Olivier was invited to perform at Wow and Flutter Weekend and Clockenflap in Hong Kong in 2016. He is the co-creator of the music label “Raven & The Sea”, and launched his debut album A Ghost and His Paintings in 2018 with recognition by Apple Music as the first featured “Hong Kong Spotlight Artist”. Olivier’s commissioned compositions for the Hong Kong Ballet and Shanghai Opera House were also met with critical acclaim. Most recently, Olivier’s compositions featured in art installations at the Hong Kong Light Pulse Festival and PMQ deTour Festival. Currently, he is the Music Director in the Chung Ying Theatre Company’s musical drama All My Life I Shall Remember and is composing a musical score for a film commissioned by Beijing director Tian Zhuangzhuang. Facebook

Freespace Ensemble
Freespace has matched up local musicians from diverse genres such as indie, jazz, classical, contemporary classical, electronic and hip-hop, in Hong Kong’s latest genre-bending ensemble. The musicians collaborate to experiment with new compositions and arrangements in regular showcases in Freespace.

Members of this performance include:
Fung Lam; Mike Yip (Electric Guitar); Louie Lai-lai (Violin); Rebecca Li (Cello); Izumi Nikaido (Flute); Mavis Lam (Pipa); lu Sai Yu (Trumpet); Charles Ng (Saxophone); Karen Yu (Vibraphone, Percussion); Linus Fung (Clarinet)

Tickets available from 8 March 2021 (Monday) at 10:00am.

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