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|Boomtown Gundane, the fictional musician in Palazzo Gundane (homage to the myth-maker who fell to earth), performs a selection of covers and original songs.|
About the performers
Inspired by a desire to join the emerging jazz scene following the fall of the wall, Michael Schiefel moved to Berlin in the early 1990s to study at the renowned Universität der Künste. Since then, he has released four solo albums and collaborated with many other musicians on a wide range of projects that showcase his multifaceted vocal style—including funk and pop with Jazzindeed, classical-inspired big band with Thärichens Tentett, and modern jazz with David Friedman.
In 2001, Michael joined the faculty of the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar as a Professor of Vocal Jazz. In addition to playing at numerous festivals and teaching masterclasses throughout Europe, he has also performed as a guest artist of the Goethe-Institut at a number of international locations.
Keith Wong is a performing artist, vocalist, actor, composer, arranger, creative director, and administrator. A resident artist with Yat Po Singers since 2012, Keith has performed in all original a cappella theatre productions with his signature falsetto and has collaborated with various performing-art groups in Asia. He has also taken part in a number of international arts festivals with Yat Po Singers, including the Vocal Asia festival 2017, the 2016 Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival, the Shanghai International Chorus Week of 2015, PAMS Performing Arts Market in Seoul in 2015, and the 23rd Macao Arts Festival in 2012. In addition, between 2014 and 2016, Keith toured Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and mainland China, performing Art School Musical with Edward Lam Dance Theatre on thirty occasions.
A creator as well as a performer, Keith recently composed and recorded a one-man a cappella soundtrack for the commercial for the West Kowloon Cultural District’s WE Dance finale. In 2015, he served as director, composer, playwright, and choral director of the a cappella theatre production The Way We Work, and from 2010 to 2015 he arranged the music for the annual Hong Kong International A Cappella Contest, organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.
The Kwan Sing Choir, Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions
The Kwan Sing Choir (KSC) was founded in 1979 as part of the Worker’s Club of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions. Devoted to the promotion of music and the arts in the local community, the choir actively participates in orchestras, charities, and large-scale music events organised by the government. The group has also held numerous concerts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and as part of district entertainment programmes organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. In recent years, to foster cultural exchange, the choir has toured mainland China, performing and collaborating with local groups.
Soprano Rachel Chong has been the Kwan Sing Choir’s vocal coach and conductor since 2012. In 2017, the choir worked with artist Samson Young to record a performance for his exhibition Songs for Disaster Relief, the Hong Kong entry for the 57th Venice Biennale co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and M+.
Currently Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, James Cuddeford has emerged as one of Australia’s leading musicians. He has performed extensively throughout the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician, and frequently appears at major international festivals in many of the world’s most prestigious halls. As a chamber musician, James has collaborated with artists such as John Lill, Charles Rosen, Stephen Kovacevich, Cristina Ortiz, Michael Collins, Heinz Holliger, Yehudi Menuhin, Pieter Wispelwey, and Michel Dalberto. He has performed concertos with orchestras including the Camerata Lysy Gstaad in Switzerland, the BBC Scottish, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Jenaer Philharmonie in Germany, and the Queensland, Adelaide, and Tasmanian symphony orchestras.
As a highly active and renowned interpreter of contemporary music, Cuddeford has worked with and premiered the music of many of the most important composers of our time, including violin works by Dean, Kurtág, Smalley, and Birtwistle. His own compositions have also been performed, recorded, and broadcast in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Cuddeford lectured in violin at both the Elder Conservatorium and the Australian Institute of Music, and he has given master classes at many major institutions around the world. He has recorded for ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Toccata Classics, Navona Records, and Melba Recordings.