Fingerman X Beloved Clara X SMASH
Put classical, jazz, and pop music under the microscope and watch it metamorphose in Music Lab.
10 & 11 July 2017 (Mon & Tue); 7:30pm
Full Price £10 to £18; Concessions £8 to £16
“[KaJeng Wong is] probably the most talented musician I have ever met.”
– Claude Frank
“[Fingerman - God or No God? is the] most thoughtful, expressive and powerful in years. Cohesive and inspirational. Some may understand, some may not, but no one can doubt its sincerity.”
– Stand News
On two consecutive nights at Wilton’s Music Hall Music Lab present three bold performances – Fingerman, Beloved Clara and SMASH – co-presented by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. This innovative concert experience explores social and cultural issues.
Music Lab’s Artistic Director, seasoned pianist KaJeng WONG, performs Fingerman, exploring the concept of God in an experimental solo piano piece and leading the audience on a journey of bewilderment and awe.
Beloved Clara tells – through piano, violin and soprano – the life of pianist and composer Clara Schumann and her influence on husband Robert Schumann and closest confidant Johannes Brahms.
The ‘3-in-1’ concert ends with SMASH where harmonica player CY Leo and saxophonist Timothy SUN join KaJeng WONG for an enigmatic smashing together of pop, classical and jazz: arrangers Pong LAW and Perry LAU’s reimagining of music boundaries. The trio reshapes perceptions of famous tunes from across eras and genres to surprise listeners with new musical possibilities.
Founded in 2013, Music Lab is a non-profit organisation that believes in the value of performance, of its power to connect with people and its influence by sharing ideas and thoughts. On stage, Music Lab is dedicated to provide enriching concert experiences. Off stage, Music Lab intends to convey messages to our society via the exploration of societal issues and cultural meaning through innovative productions.
KaJeng WONG piano
Once documented in the film KJ
Music and Life, KJ is now a pianist, a music teacher, an artistic director, an art critic, a columnist and a person.
Studied the piano with Nancy LOO, Gabriel KWOK and Emile Naoumoff, he also learned the violin with YANG Baozhi, Michael MA and HO Hung-ying. Graduated from Indiana University, he primarily focuses on practicing, teaching and performing. After two years of various experiments, KJ now leads the Music Lab Festival, turning a new chapter for himself and local musicians.
Mark HUI violin
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mark HUI was first trained as a pianist and violinist before his later developed career in conducting. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music.
In 2012, Mark won the Academy Concerto Trial and performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Academy Symphony Orchestra of HKAPA under the late Prof. Alan Cumberland. Currently Mark serves as Associate Conductor at the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra, and has worked with renowned Pianist, Yundi LI, cellist Jian WANG and violinist Joshua Bell. Mark is also a freelance violinist, piano accompanist.
LAI Bo Ling piano
Born in Hong Kong, pianist LAI Bo Ling has performed in the US, the UK, Europe, China, Macau and Hong Kong. She furthered her music studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where she studied with Nancy LOO and Gabriel KWOK, before attending Texas Christian University under full scholarship studying with Tamas Ungar.
In 2010, she was invited by the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra to perform at the Shenzhen Concert Hall. Her recent awards include “most distinguished musician” and a “Kabalevsky special mention at the IBLA World Competition in Italy; prize winner of the MTNA and Pi Kappa Lambda Honours competition; and the Solomon Piano Award from TCU.
Soprano Alison LAU is emerging as one of Hong Kong’s rising young artists. A versatile singer with a passion with Baroque music and Arts Songs, Alison has recently graduated with a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Ms. Lisa Saffer.
In 2014, Alison co-founded Camerata Antiqua, an ensemble of young local musicians devoted to exploring and performing Baroque music. She was also selected to attend the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute in Toronto, and won the Outstanding Performance Award at the MIMF Vocal Competition in New York.
Leo is a world-renowned chromatic harmonica virtuosic player and a singer-song-writer. He has accumulated 17 international championships since 2006. In October 2013, Leo made his debut in the World Harmonica Festival and excelled among all contestants by seizing the championship in the Test Piece Chromatic Harmonica Solo category, which is known as the highest honour of a chromatic harmonica player.
Leo has toured and performed almost on every continents already. His performances reveal extraordinary flexibility ranging from classical, jazz R&B to rock music, sparkling goth local and international recognition.
Timothy SUN studied the saxophone and clarinet with Mr. George Galway at the Ellen Wilkinson High School of Arts in England since 1997, and in 2001 became the first Chinese saxophone and clarinet student of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under full scholarship. His principal teachers included world-renowned saxophonists John Harle and Christian Forshaw.
In recent seasons, SUN has appeared in more than 100 recitals and orchestral concerts in Asia and Europe. He performed as a soloist with over 15 ensembles and orchestras. He also appeared on many radio interviews, TV shows and published media.
Music evokes our emotions and conveys sounds of thoughts. The performer is the reader, listener the thinker, music the book of thoughts.
Founded in 2013, Music Lab is a non-profit organisation that believes in the value of performance, of its power to connect with people and its influence by sharing ideas and thoughts. Music Lab values and promotes local artists who strive for artistic excellence and follow their passion. Serving as a collaborative platform, Music Lab unites artists and adds diversity to our city's arts scene by pouring old wine into new bottles.
Music Lab insists on the relevance of music to our society on and off the stage. On stage, Music Lab is dedicated to provide enriching concert experiences. Off stage, Music Lab intends to convey messages to our society via the exploration of societal issues and cultural meaning through our innovative productions.