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Programme commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Hong Kong City Hall
Let the dynamism of local jazz take you into a new realm of jazz music
Two iconic figures on the local jazz scene – pianist Ted Lo and guitarist Eugene Pao, joined by up-and-coming jazz players including Patrick Lui, Bowen Li, Joyce Cheung, Daniel Chu, Teriver Cheung, Alan Kwan and Wilson Lam, will lay out an exciting, sumptuous musical feast. This programme brings together two generations of jazz talents in a mutually inspiring ambiance and showcases the omnidirectional ways forward for local jazz music.
Jazz Piano Duo
Ted Lo x Young Pianists
Eugene Pao x Young Guitarists
Ted Lo x Eugene Pao x Young Jazz Musicians
The performance will run for about 1 hour and 45 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted during the intermission or at a suitable break.
The programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.
Piano: Ted Lo, Patrick Lui, Bowen Li, Joyce Cheung, Daniel Chu
Guitar: Eugene Pao, Teriver Cheung, Alan Kwan, Wilson Lam
Bass: Sylvain Gagnon
Drums: Samuel Chan
Ted Lo (Piano)
Ted Lo, jazz pianist born in Hong Kong, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the United States, in 1976 with a major in music arrangement and composition. A seasoned musician of iconic status, he is dubbed “the godfather of jazz in Hong Kong”. He made his recording debut at the Fantasy Studio in San Francisco with Brazilian trombonist Raul de Souza for the album Colors (Milestone Records). In 1979, he moved to New York City where he joined the Herbie Mann and Family of Mann, then later the Ron Carter Quartet. By the end of the 1980s, he had worked in studio recordings with an impressive list of artists, such as Michael Franks, Airto Moreira, Astrud Gilberto, and Flora Purim, among others. He has also collaborated with numerous musicians including Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Larry Coryell, to name a few.
Over the years, Lo has been an active performer at various world-famous venues and jazz festivals. He returned to Hong Kong in the late 1990s, and since then has pursued a diverse career as a musician, composer, arranger, music director, and producer. He has won his iconic status in the local music sector with his collaborations with many local singers such as George Lam, Sally Yeh, Eason Chan, Sandy Lam and more. In recent years, Lo has devoted a lot of his efforts to collaborating with music makers of various genres in Hong Kong to explore the possibilities of jazz, such as crossover of Chinese music and jazz, to further drive the future developments of local jazz.
Eugene Pao (Guitar)
Eugene Pao is a widely recognized jazz guitarist and the first to sign with an international record label. He has been at the vanguard of promoting jazz on the local music scene for the last thirty years since he returned from studies in the United States in the mid-1980’s and began playing in various venues. He has appeared in various international jazz music festivals and performed in various parts of the world. His discography includes By The Company You Keep, This Window, Eugene Pao Project and many more.
Apart from making records either as a soloist or in collaboration with local music makers, Pao has also played with international jazz artists such as the Singaporean jazz artist Jeremy Monteiro and his Asiana band, stellar names such as American jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, saxophonist Michael Brecker, double bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Jack DeJohnette, jazz icons Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock et al.
Pao is also a sought-after composer, having written numerous jingles for television commercials as well as soundtracks for films. He was nominated for Best Original Film Score at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Patrick Lui (Piano)
Patrick Lui is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, and music producer. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the United States and has performed in New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Taipei, Osaka and other cities. He won the first prize at the Taichung Jazz Piano Competition Semi-Finalist and was a finalist at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition in Romania. He has performed, on invitation, at major music festivals such as the EUROPAfest, Taichung Jazz Festival, JENerations Jazz Festival (US), as well as local events including Clockenflap, the Freespace Jazz Fest 2020 at the West Kowloon Cultural District and the Jazz Marathon for the International Jazz Day 2019.
Lui’s big band album, Sonder, released in 2020, was recorded at the famous Systems Two Recording Studio in New York City. The band was made up of all New York-based jazz artists and featured the great jazz trumpeter Alex Sipiagin as guest player in two numbers. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by the two-time Grammy-award winner Mike Marciano, and distributed under the Sony label.
Bowen Li (Piano)
Bowen Li studied jazz performance and composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. After graduating in 2018, he returned to Hong Kong and has performed at various festivals and music events, including Jazz Gala – The Legend and Beyond, Freespace Jazz Fest at the Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, and Festival Hong Kong 2019 – A Cultural Extravaganza@Shanghai. He has also collaborated with performing arts groups of various genres, including Wuji Ensemble and Mo-Men-T’s Boundless Groove; in Good Night: Tsai Ming-liang’s Film, Favourite Music, and Live Improvisation curated by Tsai the film director himself; Chung Ying Theatre Company’s All My Life I Shall Remember; and Bel Canto Singers’ Esther and When Mozart Meets Da Ponte. An active figure on the local jazz scene, Li also frequently performs at famous venues offering live jazz such as Visage One, Lost Stars Livehouse Bar & Eatery, 1563 at the East Livehouse and Restaurant, Salon 10, to name a few.
Joyce Cheung (Piano)
Joyce Cheung is a jazz pianist, arranger and composer based in Hong Kong. She is a co-artistic director at Music Lab, an emerging festival organiser for different genres in Hong Kong. Both of her albums, Set Loose (2020) and Jazzical Collection (2022), were released under Ginger Muse, a recording label under Music Lab that presents local instrumentalists on the global stage.
Cheung spent her formative years at the Berklee College of Music, having graduated with first honors in Film Scoring as well as Contemporary Writing and Production in 2014 and obtained her Master’s degree in Contemporary Performance in 2017. Aside from her performing career, Cheung is also a passionate educator. She has been invited to conduct masterclasses and performed at the Musicians Education Festival, Prague. She also teaches the jazz programme at the Education University of Hong Kong.
Cheung is a frequent collaborator with local musicians, including Chan Fai-young, Joey Yung, Alfred Hui, On Chan and the Grasshoppers. She was responsible for arranging the latest album of the harmonica world champion CY Leo, and has worked on projects ranging from pop string quartet arrangements to a 100-piece orchestral and choral musical. Her latest performances include the opening performance of Freespace Jazz Fest 2021 - Jazzical Collection in Oct 2021 and Gingers’ Tonic in July 2021. In the same year, she also played for Chan Fai Young x Women’s Choir at the Hong Kong Coliseum as well as Our Jazz Pianist curated by the Jazz World Live Series. Cheung maintains an active presence in Hong Kong’s jazz and pop music scene, and has had the pleasure of sharing her music with live audiences across the world.
Daniel Chu (Piano)
Daniel Chu is a pianist, composer, arranger, and producer. His music reveals an unmistakable jazz influence and a knack for the avant-garde. He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, at the age of 20. While there, he studied piano with Tim Ray (Tony Bennett’s musical director until 2021), George Russell Jr. (Berklee’s Chair of Harmony and Composition), and Kenny Werner (author of Effortless Mastery). He is now pursuing an MPhil in Ethnomusicology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He has collaborated with artists across many disciplines and genres, such as painter Makoto Fujimura, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jordan Waré, singers such as Sammi Cheng and Janice Vidal to name a few. In 2018, he teamed up with sound designer hirsk and drummer Blue Kwok to form the electroacoustic music trio manvsmachine. Since then, the group has performed at the Frameworks Festival in Munich, Strawberry Music Festival in Shanghai, and Ear Up Music Festival in Hong Kong.
Recently, he was one of the headliners at Freespace Jazz Festival 2021. His work Game Play with the Freespace Ensemble was a sold-out performance at the Box. He also gave a solo piano recital, entitled “Extremes,” at Hong Kong City Hall in the same year. He was the Music Director for Terence Lam and The Absent Brother’s Moov Digital Concert in 2022.
Teriver Cheung (Guitar)
The jazz magazine, JazzTimes has this to say of Teriver Cheung: “(He) demonstrates an impressive command of his instrument and reveals a mature, composerly approach.” Cheung has an extensive track record performing with leading artists such as the Latin Grammy Award winner Eddie Gomez, Eric Marienthal, Keita Ogawa and many more. He often leads his band to perform in major music events such as Jazz Marathon for the International Jazz Day, Jazz W Ruinach Festival in Poland, and the Taichung Jazz Festival.
Cheung’s unique and richly diverse background in music has made him one of the most active local composers, musicians and curators in recent years. As guest artist, he has performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and mainstream music organisations. He is currently on the visiting faculty of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Education University. He also organizes masterclasses and guided talks with demonstration performances in secondary schools and on campus in tertiary institutes, in a bid to promote interest in jazz music.
Alan Kwan (Guitar)
Alan Kwan studied and developed a career in jazz music in New York, and is currently a jazz guitarist, composer and producer. He has performed with many well-known jazz musicians including Dayna Stephens, Fabian Almazan, Paul Bollenback and the Grammy Award nominee, Gene Aitken. He has participated in many gala festivals such as Taichung Jazz Festival, Taipei Jazz Festival, the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, the Denton Jazz Festival in the United States, to name a few. His solo album Petrichor, which was released in 2019, featured his original compositions played by a conglomeration of artists from all over the world. The album won three nominations at the 31st Golden Melody Awards – for Best Instrumental Album, Best Instrumental Album Producer, and Best Instrumental Composer – and was highly acclaimed.
Wilson Lam (Guitar)
Wilson Lam graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the United States, in 2003, where he studied guitar and composition under Mick Goodrick and Yakov Gubanov. He later entered the New York University to study Film Scoring with Sonny Kompanek, and graduated in 2005 with a Master’s degree. On returning to Hong Kong in 2007, he continued to play an active, diverse role as composer, arranger, producer of music soundtracks for film and television, jazz guitarist, and teacher. Recently, he has been actively involved in the community cultural programmes and shows organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Sylvain Gagnon (Bass)
Sylvain Gagnon comes from Montreal in Canada and has had extensive international touring and recording experience. He is a virtuoso of jazz double bass and electric bass playing and has experience in music from many continents and styles ranging from rock to standard jazz, from Carnatic (classical music from South India) to African music, from funk to Latin music, from solo to big band. He has been active in studio and performing, playing on hundreds of CDs and touring with local and international artists including a world tour with Jackie Cheung where he played 146 concerts for 2,800,000 audiences. His CD album, Blue Moon, which collaborated with Bianca Wu, has been a best seller in Hong Kong since its release at the end of 2014.
Samuel Chan (Drums)
Samuel Chan was the first graduate with a jazz music major from the Hong Kong Education University, where he studied under Ted Lo. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Collective School of Music in New York, where his teachers included world class drummers Peter Retzlaff, Ian Froman, Chris Coleman, Kendrick Scott, Mike Mitchell et al. While he was studying overseas, he also benefitted from the live show and studio experiences with renowned American jazz artists Theo Hill, Sean Conly, Isamu McGregor, Sebastian Noelle and Ole Mathisen. On returning to Hong Kong in 2016, Chan has become one of the most active drummers on the local jazz scene. He is often invited to perform with Eugene Pao and Ted Lo in live shows and is widely acclaimed.
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