Matthew Lau feat. Vonald Chow | Shandy Gan x Glass Band | Mo-Men-T feat. Mavis Lam | Mike Orange & The Universe Travellers | The Hahn Rowe Hong Kong Collective | Lil' Ashes | Jazvolution | Bass Trio| Kiri T | Dusty Bottle
Hailed by the Aspen Times for his “soulful and technically impressive solo” at his vibraphone concerto debut at the Aspen Music Festival, percussionist Dr. Matthew Lau performs a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the meaning and essence of percussion music to its audience. Pursuing a strong interest in contemporary percussion music, his vision and aesthetic are aimed to expand the ever-growing percussion repertoire by pushing existing boundaries. Matthew obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance from Stony Brook University studying with Eduardo Leandro. Dr. Lau is artist endorser of Marimba One, Black Swamp Percussion, and Vic Firth.
For their first, long-awaited collaboration, singer-songwriter Shandy Gan, known for her explorations into jazz, bossa nova and world music, teams up with local jazz and blues guitarist Tjoe and the musicians of Glass Band for some inspired on-stage improvisation and an exciting musical journey from pop to classical and everything in between.
Mo-Men-T is a Hong Kong-based quintet with an ultra-modern jazz style. Together the influence of each of the band members creates a unique mixture of musical currents including modern jazz, funk, rock, and post-rock.
Mavis Lam Tsan-tong started learning the pipa from the age of ten, and was champion in the advanced pipa class of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. In 1994, she was invited to give recitals in the first “Young Soloist Series” presented by the former Regional Council. Lam completed an advanced diploma in 1999 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2001, she won the China Pipa Competition – Outstanding Award (Professional Group). She appeared as pipa soloist in the 2002 Melbourne Festival and the 2007 Kwangiu Music Festival.
Musical collective Mike Orange & The Universe Travellers is the new project of Mike Orange, guitarist and composer with local rock band Chochukmo. Experimenting with different musical languages and styles, Mike works with much sought-after musicians to explore and reinterpret electronic music, adding the essence of human expression with live instruments.
Hahn Rowe is an internationally acclaimed composer and performer. Apart from studio work with the likes of Moby, R.E.M and Swans, remixes for Yoko Ono and engineering for John Zorn, Roy Ayers and Anthony and the Johnsons, he also produced David Byrne’s album “Feelings”. His scores for performance have won three Bessie Awards. His long-standing collaboration with Brussels/Berlin-based choreographer Meg Stuart (Damaged Goods) has resulted in the creation of seven evening-length dance/theater works. He has also created scores for choreographers Benoit Lachambre, Louise Lecavalier, John Jasperse, Simone Aughterlony and Antonia Livingstone.
Hahn will work with three local musicians, Soni (guitarist of GDJYB), Narbi and Jonathan Yang to re-arrange and perform their original music.
Acoustic pop duo Lil’ Ashes, composed of lead vocal Pollie and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan, have not only made a name for themselves in the underground music scene but also signed with Sony Music, becoming part of O.U.R. Works, a unique platform for singer-songwriters Lil’ Ashes released their debut album “Be Little” in 2014. Their lead single reached the top of RTHK’s Chinese Pop Chart and TVB’s Jade Solid Gold, while the album reached No. 1 on iTunes and HMV Albums Chart, making Lil’ Ashes the best-selling new artist of the year. In 2016, Lil’ Ashes released their second album “A Little Louder”, produced by Edward Chan and illustrated by Little Thunder.
Spearheaded by local music impresario and bassist, Justin Siu, alongside Hong Kong's very own godfather of jazz, pianist Ted Lo, internationally touring French drummer Laurent Robin and Canadian powerhouse singer Janaia Farrell, Jazvolution challenges listeners by warping, shaping melodies over unconventional grooves and harmonies, re-rendering the jazz standards under contemporary light.
For the most part the bass guitar is not a solo instrument, but players like Tom Cheeky (bassist of Chochukmo), Wai (bassist of Sensi Lion) and YY (former bassist of GDJYB) have carved a niche for themselves in that regard. As an ensemble, they produce a broad, spacious sound that is much larger than anyone would image a trio of electric bass guitars could create.
A Hong Kong-born, New York-based Music Artist, Kiri T is a singer-songwriter, pianist and producer, an alumni of Berklee College of music. She weaves together lush and shimmery synth sounds with her smooth and sultry vocals. Kiri’s writing is a combination of contemporary R&B, indie pop and electronic music, crafted with mesmerising melodies diving in moody beats.
Dusty Bottle is a groove rock band from Hong Kong. The band hopes to expose more people to groove music.