Music from the heart, a natural spontaneity
It is Wuji’s belief that music is a spiritual activity based on the combined creativity of the composer and performer, resulting in a serendipitous kind of aesthetics. Music score is only one of the means of communications, and is by no means a rigid medium. When to read from score and when to create freely is the highest attainment in artistic wisdom. As such, Wuji Ensemble never performs with a score on stage. Music score is supposed to be a medium for communication, and yet a lot of times it is in the way of communication. We should try to leave our comfort zone and rely on our senses, to relax and liberate ourselves in order to free up the fingers and train our ears to be more sensitive, so that the music can shoot directly to one’s heart.
In the east, music that breathes of life often comes from the heart as a natural spontaneity. It is full of possibility and versatility, as well as improvisatory. This strikes a stark contrast with the laboriously crafted and well sculptured concept in western creations. Both cultures are worthy of cross exploration and learning from each other. In order to rediscover and pass on the wisdom of our ancestors, we need to loosen up our musical writings to allow room for flexibility and improvisation, thus leading to unexpected outcome which will in turn kindle the musicians’ free spirit and creative potential, and ultimately envelope the audience with their taste, characteristics, music tension, imagination and creativity.
With its distinctive artistic ideals, Wuji is a one-of-a-kind ensemble in Hong Kong that deserves acknowledgement and support. While its performances can be said to possess an “oriental aesthetics”, from another angle it can be said to represent a convergence of multiple cultures, meaning that it uses traditional oriental culture as a start, and morphs with contemporary artistic concepts and western theatrical thinking. Wuji’s creative realm is boundless and well supported by its team. It is a contemporary cultural phenomenon while at the same time a medium to pass on the traditional humanistic spirit. Wuji members are able to fully develop their creative talents in their interaction with each other, and thrive to display their boundless strength through the continuous practice of meditation.
1) The propagation of time (Soul)
2) The penetration of space (Ease)
3) Antagonistic relationship (Tension)
4) Converging colours (Fulfilment)
Divided into four sections, Impromptu unfolds through an improvisatory format and various combinations of instruments, which poses an interesting challenge for the performers. However, the musical structure stays clear, the narrative progresses unambiguously and the power of tension never wanes. Materials are borrowed from White Snow in Early Spring, a classic pipa work, to either establish contrast or harmony between Chinese and Western instruments. The idea is to let serendipity work its magic.
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Pipa: Lam Tsan-tong
Guzheng: Wan Xing
Yangqin: Bryan Lai
Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet: Linus Fung
Double Bass: Lui Ngao-yuen
Piano: Bowen Li
Percussion: Dean Li
Artistic Director/Composer: Law Wing-fai
Music Director: Wong Chi-ching
Director: Oliver Shing
Producer: RhapsoArts Management Ltd.