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Scenes of Guangdong - Concert by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Change of Artist

Gaohu and yehu soloist Chan Pik-sum is not able to participate in this performance. Her leading and solo pieces will be substituted by Cheung Wai-lok, Tse Kim-fei and Tung Tsz-ching respectively.

 

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
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21.09.2014(Sun)
16:00
$180, $120
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
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12.10.2014(Sun)
16:00
$180, $120
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While the majority of the population of Hong Kong can trace their origin to the Cantonese-speaking region of Guangdong, statistics show that there are 1.2 million Teochew (or Chaozhou people), whose ethnic roots are from Chaozhou and Shantou, and 2 million Hakka, who are one of the indigenous groups of Hong Kong.  Their respective cultures therefore have exerted reciprocal influence on the local community.  Chaozhou music and Hakka Han music, two musical genres associated with the ethnic groups, have been inscribed onto the first National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China. More recently, Chaozhou music has been selected as one of the items on the first List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong in 2014. The concert, Scenes of Guangdong, will feature traditional tunes, new arrangements and new original compositions in the genres of Chaozhou music and Hakka Han music, while their close connection to Cantonese music – another musical genre, which is related to the culture of the Cantonese-speaking community – will also be revealed.

Trailer: Scenes of Guangdong - Concert by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Programme

 

Chaozhou 21.9.2014

Ensemble

Happy and Carefree Saunter in Pingshan

Ancient tune of the Central Plains

Arr. Kwok Hang-kei

Ensemble

Travelling in Chaozhou

Qu Chunquan

Dizi and Ensemble

A Joyful Song of the South China Sea

Huang Jincheng

Orch. Huang Yingsen

Chaozhou Erxian and Ensemble

How Bright Is the Spring Moon

Chaozhou Xianshi Tune

Arr. Wang Peiyu

Strings & Wind Ensemble

The Pink Lotus

Chaozhou Xianshi Tune

Arr. Wang Peiyu

Strings & Wind Ensemble

Set tune - Ying-Xian-Ke

Xianshi Tune in Chaozhou Han Music

Arr. Wang Peiyu

Strings & Wind Ensemble

Wild Geese on the Sandbank

Chaozhou Xiyue Tune

Arr. Wang Peiyu

Strings & Wind Ensemble

Set tune - Liu-Yao-Qing

Dizi Set Ancient Tune

Arr. Wang Peiyu

Wind & Percussion Ensemble

The Skipping Thrush

Chaozhou Xiao luogu

Arr. Lin Yunxi

Zheng Solo     

Fish Hawks Dabbling in the

Water

Chaozhou Zheng Music

Notated by Guo Ying

Three-piece Ensemble

The Lament of Lady Zhaojun

Ancient Tune

 

Hakka 12.10.2014

Ensemble

Happy and Carefree Saunter in Pingshan

Ancient tune of the Central Plains

Arr. Kwok Hang-kei

Ensemble

Travelling in Chaozhou

Qu Chunquan

Xylophone & Ensemble

The Lion Dance

Lui Man-shing

Arr. Ngai Chiu-kwan

Dizi & Ensemble

Finding a Good Husband

Zhongjunban Music of Hakka Han Music

Arr. Luo Dezai

Orch. Situ Kang

Strings & Wind Ensemble

In Remembrance of the Past

Sixian Music of Hakka Han Music

Arr. Luo Dezai

Strings & Wind Ensemble

Green Water of Lake Deng

Sixian Music of Hakka Han Music

Arr. Luo Dezai

Qingyue Ensemble

Crying at the Mountain

Sixian Music of Hakka Han Music

Arr. Luo Dezai

Zheng Solo

Night Rain on the Plantain-framed Windows

Hakka Zheng Music

Arr. Luo Dezai

Pipa Solo

The Lotus Rising from the

Water

Hakka Zheng Music

Tran. Lin Shicheng

Three-piece Ensemble

The Lament of Lady Zhaojun

Ancient Tune

 

About the Performer

 

Chaozhou 21.9.2014

Conductor: Kwok Hang-kei

Chaozhou Erxian / Waijiang Touxian Zhuxian / Yehu: Wang Peiyu

Gaohu / Chaozhou Erxian: Chan Pik-sum

Touxian in Han music: Tse Kim-fei

Dizi: Ho Siu-cheong

Zheng: Chow Lai-kuen

Ensemble Leader on the Drums: Chak Yuet-man

Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Hakka 12.10.2014

Conductor: Kwok Hang-kei

Dizi / Xiao / Zheng / Yehu: Luo Dezai

Gaohu / Chaozhou Erxian: Chan Pik-sum

Touxian in Han music: Tse Kim-fei

Tihu: Ng Vikki Wai-ki

Pipa: Yu Wing-ka

Xylophone: Lau Wai-hung

Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

 

Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Founded in 2003, the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble is a professional Chinese music ensemble actively promoting local talents and producing quality chamber concerts with a mission to promote Chinese music culture in Hong Kong and to show the unique charm of Chinese instrumental ensemble music genre, known for being ‘small but elegant’ and ‘simple yet refined’. The Ensemble currently consists of 16 resident musicians, who are all graduates majoring in music or performance from various institutes in Hong Kong with rich experience in concert performance and they are versatile and flexible in both traditional and contemporary repertoires. The formation of the ensemble configuration has made reference with traditional Chinese sizhu, or silk and bamboo format. The Ensemble has commissioned and premiered around 20 new works. It was incorporated as the ‘Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble Ltd.’ in 2011, with conductor Ho Man-chuen as its Artistic Adviser and the Ensemble’s founder, Chan Chiu-yin, as Executive Director.  It is at present a grant recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong.

 

Kwok Hang-kei

Conductor

Kwok Hang-kei is a seasoned composer and conductor in Hong Kong, Honorary Professor of the Yunnan Arts University, Visiting Professor and Consultant (Arts Education) to the People’s University of China and Guest Conductor of its Youth Chinese Orchestra, Music Adviser to the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Vice President of the Hong Kong Chinese Instrumental Music Association and a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong.

A native of Chaoyang of Guangdong, Kwok was born in Shanghai. During the 1950s, he trained in piano and accordion under the Russian, Nevsky, and studied Composition and Conducting under Xin Shangde and Music Theory under Tan Bingruo. He has worked with the Shanghai Chorus (now the Shanghai Orchestra) and the Yunnan Song and Dance Troupe and was on the faculty of the Yunnan Arts University and the Kunming Normal College.

Kwok is a keen researcher in Chinese folk music.  As a composer, he has a substantial oeuvre of over 500 works of music and songs that are recognized for their distinct ethnic style.  Among them many were award-winning pieces.  He was commissioned by the Music Office of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Dance Company to score for them.  In addition, he has also scored for many films.  His conducting expertise covers opera, Chinese music, symphonic music, choral music and dance. He has frequently been invited to guest conduct the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. He was also a part-time instructor at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and conducted several of the Academy concerts. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, the Chengdu National Orchestra, the Guangdong National Orchestra of China and the Chinese Orchestra of the Jinan Military Command, Shandong, all to critical acclaim.

Kwok has dedicated a lot of effort to promoting and spreading Chinese ethnic and folk music over the years.  He was listed in the 1997 publication of Who’s Who in Contemporary Chinese Music and featured in the ‘Artists of Ethnic Music’ series of Shanghai Dongfang Television.

Kwok’s recent compositional focus has been on choral music sung in the Chaozhou dialect (Teochew), such as the song cycle The Moon of My Hometown, Fishermen’s Song and I’m Teochew. They garnered critical acclaim and were recommended by Shantou TV and ECSTV of Hong Kong.

 

 

Wang Peiyu *21/9 concert only

Chaozhou Erxian / Waijiang Touxian / Zhuxian / Yehu

Wang Peiyu is a musician of renown in the musical genre of the Chaozhou-Shantou region, generically known as ‘Chaozhou music’.  A National Class One Composer, he is currently a Research Fellow and Artistic Director of the Shantou City Arts Research Centre. He is also a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Instruments Department of the China Conservatory, Artistic Adviser to the Guangdong Han Music Research Society, Vice-chairman of the Shantou Musicians’ Association, Head of the Chaozhou Music Research Centre of Shantou, and Honorary Chairman of the Popular Music Association of Shantou City.

Born into a family of musicians, Wang was trained at a young age in all four categories of Chinese musical instruments – wind, bowed-strings, plucked-strings and percussion.  After completing his training at the Shantou Traditional Opera School of Guangdong in 1977, he enrolled in the Guangdong Provincial Academy for People's Art in 1978.  His teachers in traditional music included Hu Zhao, Wang Anming, Xiao Yunge and Chen Mayuan. 

Over the years, Wang has been dedicated to the perpetuation and development of Chaozhou music, and made headway in interpreting the classical genre as well as in contemporary songs sung in Teochew. More than a dozen of his works have won major awards at provincial and ministerial levels.  As a musician of the string instruments, he won the highest accolade – a Distinction Award – with his solo performance on the erxian at the Ethnic Music Competition of the 3rd Guangzhou Music Variety Show in 1982. He has gone on tour to Europe, America, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as a member of the Guangdong National Orchestra of China, where he performed the genre of xianshi music of South China.  For this, he has been dubbed a ‘new generation’ of the classical Chaozhou music. He has recorded an album on Chaozhou music and songs, and the influence of his works can be felt far and wide. 

Over the years, Wang has been an active figure in the music conservatories in China, teaching traditional Chaozhou music. He has been a Visiting Professor in Genre Studies at the Chinese Instruments Department of the China Conservatory since 2010.  He was also a core member of the Committee on Themes of Research in 2011, and completed an important scientific study of music and sung music of Chaozhou and Shantou as a folk art.     

In June 2013, two ensembles, each playing The Lion Playing with a Ball (with touxian as lead instrument) and The Snow Geese Fly South (xianshi xiyue), won the Outstanding Performance Award at the 10th China Arts Festival and a Performance Award at the Assessment Showcase of Folk Music in Chinese Ethnic Instrumental Music respectively.

 

 

Luo Dezai *12/10 concert only

Dizi/Xiao/Zheng/Yehu

Luo Dezai is a native of Dapu, Guangdong Province, a virtuoso of the dizi, xiao and the Hakka zheng, an Associate Professor, Distinguished Research Fellow and supervisor of candidates for the Master’s degree in Dizi of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music.  He is also a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, Visiting Professor in the Chinese Instruments Department of the China Conservatory, Special Artistic Adviser to the Han Music Association of Meizhou of Guangdong Province, Honorary President and Artistic Adviser to the Guangdong Han Music Research Society of Guangdong Province and Honorary President of the Guangdong Bamboo Flute Society. He was the inaugural adviser to the China Bamboo Flute Society, Deputy Head of the Grading Assessment Committee of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society, Founding President of the Guangdong Han Music Research Society, Deputy Director of the Music Research Department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music and Deputy Executive Editor of its journal.

Luo has been exposed to music since he was young, and has been trained in several types of Chinese musical instruments, taking his musical lineage directly from the Han music virtuosi Luo Xiehong and Luo Jiuxiang.  He graduated from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 1963 and joined the teaching staff of the Guangzhou Music Institute (now the Xinghai Conservatory of Music) right after, at the same time began his research studies on Hakka Han music. He was frequently appointed a representative at national and international conferences on music, and has presented many papers on those occasions. He was also editor and author of several publications on Guangdong Han music, Hakka Han music, Hakka zheng etc.

Luo was the leader and artistic director of a delegation of Han music virtuosi that performed in three concerts on Han music in Hong Kong in 1999, as part of the Chinese Arts Festival.  In 2004, he was invited to perform in the landmark concert on Han music at the municipal city of Dapu and at the Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou. In October 2006, he was artistic director, guest soloist and ensemble member playing the dizi and xiao at the Guangdong Han music concert in Beijing. In 2010, he was invited to give academic talks on Hakka Han music at the China Conservatory in Beijing, as well as to give ‘train the trainer’ classes in Hakka Han music for the young professors at the Conservatory’s Chinese Instruments Department.

 

Chan Pik-sum

Gaohu/ Chaozhou Erxian

Chan Pik-sum graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She trained in erhu and gaohu and studied Cantonese music under Yu Qiwei. Before that, she first trained in erhu under Wong Shu-wing of the Music Office, and furthered her skills under He Tao and Wong On-yuen. She was the concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra, and is currently the Concertmaster of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. She has represented Hong Kong on performing tours to many countries in Asia and Europe.

 

Tse Kim-fei

Touxian in Han Music

Tse Kim-fei trained in erhu under Wang Guotong at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  He started learning the instrument at the Music Office in 1987, and was Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra. He is currently a resident musician of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, and Chairman of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra.  He has toured with the various groups to mainland China, the United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia.

 

Ng Vikki Wai-ki *12/10 concert only

Tihu

Ng Wai-ki graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she studied music and majored in erhu under Hsin Hsiao-ling.  She began learning the piano at the age of six, and was awarded the ATCL in Piano Performance in 1999.  She enrolled in the erhu course organized by the Music Office in 1990 before joining its Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra. Ng was a multiple winner in the erhu and gaohu classes at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.  She was the Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and was named The Most Outstanding Member for two consecutive years.  She is currently a resident musician with the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble.

 

Yu Wing-ka *12/10 concert only

Pipa

Yu Wing-ka first learned the liuqin under Ko Tit-kwan when she was still in primary school before she started learning the pipa under Cheung Yim-yu. She continued to receive training under Cheung when she entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. While at the Academy, she was awarded the Scholarship to Beijing to receive advanced training in the pipa under Hao Yifan and Yu Liangmo.  She was also a recipient of the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship for four consecutive years. She joined the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble in 2010, with which she has been on tour to Malaysia, Taiwan and mainland China for music exchange.

 

Chow Lai-kuen *21/9 concert only

Zheng

Chow Lai-kuen, graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a major in zheng under Xu Lingzi and a minor in zhongruan under Lui Kwan-on.  While at the Academy, she was also coached by many virtuosi, such as Hon See-wah, Chang Yuan-wang, Zhou Wang and Wang Zhongshan. She has gone on performing tours around Asia and in Europe, and performed solo on many occasions. She is currently chairman of the Hong Kong Professional Zheng Ensemble, Course Director of the Zheng Music Education Company Limited, and a resident musician with the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. She founded the Zheng Junior Ensemble in 2013, and curated the First International Guzheng Symposium in 2014.

 

Ho Siu-cheong *21/9 concert only

Dizi

Ho Siu-cheong graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His interest in music started at a young age, when he trained in the dizi under Sun Yongzhi and Choo Boon-chong, and in xiao under Tam Po-shek. He studied music theory and composition under Yau Siu-pun, Cantonese dizi performing techniques under Wu Guozhong and Cantonese music accompaniment under Yu Qiwei.  He furthered his studies in the performing techniques of Cantonese music under Liu Hon-wo, and was coached by the dizi virtuosi Lu Chunling and Zhan Yongming.  He compiled and wrote the books A Beginner’s Guide to Dizi and A Beginner’s Guide to Dizi (2).

 

Chak Yuet-man *21/9 concert only

Ensemble Leader on the Drums

Chak Yuet-man started her training in Chinese and Western percussion under Luk Kin-bun and Law Hang-leung in 2002. She graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she trained in Chinese Percussion and Western Percussion under Yim Hok-man, Choy Lap-tak and Sophia Woo Shuk-fai.  She has also received coaching from percussion virtuosi such as Li Zhengui, Chan Joh-fai, Wang Jianhua, Ubulikasam and Jiao Shanlin. She is currently a freelance musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, a resident musician with the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, a part-time musician with the Music Office, and a member of the Made in Hong Kong@Four Gig Heads and the Hong Kong Percussion Band.

 

Lau Wai-hung *12/10 concert only

Xylophone

Lau Wai-hung is currently studying Western Percussion at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under Lung Heung-wing, and Timpani under Alan Cumberland.  She started learning percussion at the Music Office under Chau Chin-tung and Ho Man-chuen when she was young, and piano at the age of nine. She was awarded a Dip. ABRASM in Percussion with distinction in 2010, and has performed with various Chinese and Western orchestras in Hong Kong. Lau is currently an instructor at the Hong Kong Percussion Centre, and a freelance musician with the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble.

Ticketing

 

Tickets available from 11 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

 

Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

 

Patrons can enjoy one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

 

Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

 

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Programme Notes

21 Sep ‘Chaozhou’
21 Sep ‘Chaozhou’
12 Oct ‘Hakka’
12 Oct ‘Hakka’

Pre-concert Talks

 

Chaozhou

19.9.2014 (Fri) 7:30pm

Speaker & Demonstration: Wang Peiyu

Host: Chan Chiu-yin

 

Hakka

9.10.2014 (Thu) 7:30pm

Speaker & Demonstration: Luo Dezai

Host: Chan Chiu-yin

 

Conducted in Cantonese

Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis

Venue Date & Time Price
AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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19.09.2014(Fri)
09.10.2014(Thu)
19:30
19:30
Free Admission

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