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“Hong Kong-born composer [Fung Lam] has a distinctive voice”
The Independent, UK

“ [Fung Lam’s] harmonic language is accessible and his orchestration skills are undoubted”
South China Morning Post   

“Teriver Cheung reveals a gentle touch and a mature, composerly approach on his first recording as a leader… [He] demonstrates an impressive command of his instrument”

With evocative imagery by architect Anthony LAI, Hong Kong Episodes is a cross between cinema, jazz and classical music. Describing four facets of Hong Kong during the course of a virtual day, it evokes the city’s cosmopolitan cityscape, its fast-paced lifestyle; opportunities for spiritual retreat and ever-colourful heritage and culture. 

The music is written collaboratively by two Hong Kong young musicians, Teriver CHEUNG, international jazz guitarist, and composer Fung LAM, the youngest Chinese composer and first Hong Kong composer ever commissioned by the BBC as well as winner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award for Young Artist (Music). Joined by a fine jazz quartet and top chamber players from the Hong Kong Contemporary Music Group, this amazing tapestry of original music and landscape visuals weaves its visual and aural magic to leave a lasting impression of Hong Kong’s charm. Performed in London at Wilton’s, the world’s oldest grand music hall, here old and new come face to face. 

Hong Kong Episodes was premièred at the World Cultures Festival 2015 presented by Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Fung LAM Composer/Conductor
Described by The Independent as a composer who “has a distinctive voice”, Fung LAM first gained attention more than a decade ago when the BBC Philharmonic gave the world première of his Illumination. Since then, he has quickly established himself as one of the foremost Asian composers of his generation, with commissions from significant music organisations from both local and abroad.

LAM holds the distinction of being the youngest Chinese composer and the first Hong Kong composer ever commissioned by the BBC. He has to date written over ten orchestral works, including three commissions for BBC Radio 3 (Unlocking, BE and Endless Forms) and two commissions for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Rong and Quintessence).

The world première of Endless Forms at the BBC Proms in 2012 received critical acclaims, taking his music to a global audience. An excerpt from Evening Standard's review reads, "… LAM, working with a carefully constructed minimum of material, shapes his musical world with dreamy individuality."

He was the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composer-in-Residence with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2013/14 season, the first person to hold the post since 2000. Quintessence (2014), written in celebration of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary, has been taken on tour and performed in major cities in Europe (2015) and China (2016).

LAM’s music features a unique and unmistakable musical language that is profoundly expressive. While his musical output ranges widely from original concert and multi-media works to collaboration with artists from different arts disciplines, orchestral composition is at the core of his career. Other performers of his orchestral works have included the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Concert, Tokyo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Born in Hong Kong, LAM studied composition with Martin Butler, Michael Finnissy and Michael Zev Gordon at the Universities of Southampton and Sussex in UK, and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in composition from the latter in 2012. In the same year he received the Young Artist Award 2011 from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.  

LAM is currently the Director of Artistic Planning of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Teriver CHEUNG Composer/Jazz Guitar
Teriver CHEUNG is an internationally touring guitarist and composer. Originally born in Hong Kong, his early exposure to classical music has contributed to his future style of composing as well as playing.  

He studied with Fred Hamilton at the University of North Texas with a scholarship and received Bachelors of Jazz Studies in 2004. There he formed his first group Nobody’s Business in 2007 and recorded the début album Forward Momentum, followed by international tours in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and the USA.  

In 2009, CHEUNG relocated to New York and has since played an active role in the jazz scene. Musicians he has collaborated include Latin Grammy Award winner Eddie Gómez, Billy Drummond, Jeremy Monteiro and Jean-Michel Pilc. He also tours constantly with his group, appearing at some of the major music festivals including Jazz World Festival (Hong Kong), Jazz W Ruinach Festival (Poland) and Taichung Jazz Festival.

In 2015, CHEUNG returned to Hong Kong and curated the Hong Kong Episodes concert as part of the 10th year anniversary Hong Kong World Cultures Festival, which featured himself as a performer as well as composer (along with composer Fung LAM) with a 16 piece chamber jazz ensemble. He also participated as part of the Kerong CHOK’s Eleven, a chamber jazz concert by an eleven piece ensemble presented by Esplanade Mosaic Music Series.  

In 2016, he pushed his musical boundary further and performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Orchestra and was featured as a soloist for NG Cheuk Yin’s Piece Tang with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra at their opening concert of the 40th Orchestral Season.

CHEUNG had participated on several recordings, including the Takako Yamada group, John Thomas group. His début album in 2012, My Nocturne, received acclaims from the renowned magazine JazzTimes; his jazz trio The Beat Brothers also released its début album Artcore in 2015. He started his own record label Drip Music in 2016.  

As an educator, CHEUNG is currently a guest lecturer for the Education University of Hong Kong. He had also taught music workshops and clinics worldwide at UCSI University, Silpakorn University, Sing Jazz Academy (as part of the Singapore Jazz Festival) to name a few.  

Teriver CHEUNG is an endorsed artist for the D’Angelico Guitars and Fender In-Ear Monitors.   

Anthony LAI Video
Kerong CHOKPiano
Sam MINAIEDouble Bass/Bass Guitar
Mark FERBERDrums
Timothy SUN Saxophone
Hong Kong Contemporary Music Group Chamber Ensemble
© Hong Kong Arts Development Council.