Four Gig Heads Percussion Group
Four Gig Heads Percussion Group was founded in 1998 by local percussionists. The aim of the group is to promote percussion music of both east and west genres. The members also compose and arrange percussion music themselves to expand new dimensions for music as well as create a unique culture for Hong Kong.
The group has often been invited to various types of cultural performances in Hong Kong. In 1999, the group was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival to compose for a performance, Boombastic Verses, in which they played the percussion and danced. They scored and performed live for the Hong Kong experimental theatre group, Zuni Icosahedron, in the latter’s 1998 production of The Magic Flute and their 2002 production of One Hundred Years of Solitude Version 9.0. In 2000, the group was commissioned to arrange the music and give live accompaniment at the Hong Kong Dance Company’s production, The Yellow River & The Yellow Earth. It was featured in the solo percussion segment and as lead player in The Music of the Dragons Concert and Dragon Jamboree in celebration of the 5th and 10th Anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR in 2002 and 2007. Other performing occasions included solo performance in the Majestic Drums concert series of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in 2004 and 2006; A Concert of Percussion Music: Four Gig Heads at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008; the Four Gig Heads Percussion Concert presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and performed at the reception celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 2009. It was also commissioned to perform for City Contemporary Dance Company of Warrior LanLing in 2007 and Dao Extraordinary in 2009.
Four Gig Heads has often been invited to attend international cultural activities, including performances at the arts festivals in London, the Philippines and Berlin. It was also a guest performer at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and at the 3rd CheonAn-Gak Won International Temple Music Festival in CheonAn, South Korea in 2008.
In addition to giving a wide variety of performances, Four Gig Heads is also dedicated to the promotion of music education in Hong Kong. It has given many educational concerts in schools, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong. It was also an Artist-in-Residence of RTHK in 2003. In 2007, Four Gig Heads has established the Made in Hong Kong @ Four Gig Heads , which is a youth group under Four Gig Heads taking professional training by Angus Fu and Luk Kin-bun. The aim of establishing the youth group is to provide a high quality platform for those who are interested in percussion music.
Four Gig Heads has a versatile repertoire encompassing an impressive array of styles, including Peking opera percussion music, gong-and-drum music of eastern Zhejiang, the daliuzi of the Tujia ethnic minority of western Hunan, American country music, Brazilian samba, as well as works by leading contemporary composers. The group is credited for its ability to embrace different musical traditions and forges a unique place among percussion ensembles today.