Afternoon Series
Time
12:45pm-1:45pm; 2pm-6pm (21.11.2020) Timetable
Location
Laundry Steps & Prison Yard Map
Price
Free of charge

General

Live performances to brighten your day

Taking place every Monday afternoon, “Afternoon Series” invites emerging local artists to curate and develop mini-concerts, dance, theatre, comedy and multi-disciplinary performances for the unique environment at Tai Kwun. Sitting in the heart of Central, Tai Kwun is perfectly located to offer a brief reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the week. Come and relax with your co-workers, friends and families all the while being inspired by the innovative ideas of the artists.

Nov 2020 Performances

The Up:Strike Project

Contemporary Percussion

Performances: 02.11.2020

The Up:Strike Project returns to Tai Kwun for 3 more end of year concerts from October - December. This second concert features composers from Argentina, including chamber works by Kagel, Liut, Martinini and tango arrangements.

02.11.2020 Concert: Buenos Aires Treasure

Tango Arrangement Set / Cesar Martinini
           Los Mareados, Buenos Aires & Tango Aujourd’hui

Tres Piezas Alrededor de la Ciudad / Martin Liut
           Tango, Interludio & Milonga

Linde for Vibraphone & Tape / Daniel Almada

Rrrrrrr….by Mauricio Kagel
           Rigaudon & Rutscher

Performed by Matthew Lau, Karen Yu, Eugene Kwong & Samuel Chan

About the artists

The Up:Strike Project aims to embody the nature of the integral movement in percussion: “up and strike.” Founded by two Hong Kong-based percussionists, Karen Yu and Dr. Matthew Lau, The Up:Strike Project is a diverse and flexible group, aiming to thread the community together by welcoming all levels of percussionists and musicians, and consistently engaging different young and emerging percussionists to work with us.

By bringing professional and emerging percussionists together, presenting and championing a diverse mix of percussion music, and supporting the future leaders of percussive arts, The Up:Strike Project endeavours to strike and stand out as the pioneer of the ever-changing art form in percussion and contemporary music.

Devoted to bring changes, The Up:Strike Project seeks to elevate the artistry of percussion, at the same time, focusing on community engagement through musicmaking and broadening the diversity of performed repertoire.

The Up:Strike Project

Matthew Lau
Karen Yu

Eugene Kwong
Samuel Chan

NOVA Ensemble

Western Instrumental

Performances: 09.11, 23.11.2020

NOVA Ensemble’s November performances are focused on music for strings. The first programme will focus on music for string quartet, in a contrasting set of works by Mozart, Philip Glass, and an original set of folk-song arrangements by the renowned Danish Quartet.

The second programme would be the second installment in NOVA Ensemble’s Series of 2 project, featuring the highly unusual combination of music for violin and double bass. This programme will feature our violinist Sean Lai, as well as guest bassist Kelvin Ng.

09.11.2020 Concert I

Divertimento, K.138 / W.A. Mozart

String Quartet No. 3, Mishima / P. Glass

Woodworks / Danish String Quartet

Performed by Sean Lai (Violin), Vivian Shen (Violin), Samuel Au (Guest Viola) & Chai-yin Pun (Cello)

23.11.2020 Concert II

Concert Duo / E. Meyer

5 Duets for Violin & Bass / A. Piazzolla

8 Pieces for Violin & Cello (arr. for violin & bass) / R. Gliere

Performed by Sean Lai (Violin) & Kelvin Ng (Double Bass)

About the artists

Formed in 2017, the Hongkong-based NOVA Ensemble is an expanding collection of the City’s leading young Classical musicians, dedicated to innovative (re)interpretations of established classics, while actively engaging with young composers and commissioning new works for the Ensemble.

Sean Lai (Violin)
Vivian Shen (Violin)

Samuel Au (Guest Viola)
Chak-yin Pun (Cello)

Brian x Joanna

Western Instrumental

Performance: 16.11.2020

Flute is one of the earliest recorded musical instruments, aside from the human voice. Flutist Brian Chan, together with his musical partner pianist Joanna Wan invites audience on a delightful journey with flute and piano duo music from baroque to 20th century, showcasing the long history of the instrument as well as its versatility.  

16.11.2020 Concert: Flute and Piano Duo

Sonata in E-flat Majoe, BWV1031 / JS Bach
Jeux / J. Ibert
Beim Scafengehen / R. Strauss
Fruhling / R. Strauss
Vocalise Etude / O. Messiaen
Voice / T. Takemitsu
Concertino / C. Chaminade
Performed by Brian Chan (Flute) & Joanna Wan (Piano)

About the artists

Brian Chan is one of the most active flutists of his generation, splitting his time between orchestra and chamber music performances as well as education. He has toured with Hong Kong Sinfonietta and performed extensively throughout Europe and Asia. In 2010, he graduated from Royal Northern College of Music with distinction. Brian is also a devoted educator and is currently a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (HKAPA). He regular travels to Europe to study with renown flute masters to further polish his techniques both in performance and in teaching.

Pianist Joanna Wan is his long-time chamber music partner. After finishing her degree at The Chinese University of Hong Kong under the tutelage of Wong Mei-ling, she studied piano with Paul Roberts at Royal Northern College of Music where she graduated with a master and postgraduate diploma.


Brian Chan (Flute)

Joanna Wan (Piano)

J-Tools Asia

Circus & Juggling

Performances: 21.11.2020

Venue: Prison Yard

Extending the joy and wonder, “J-Tools Asia” will bring four local artist groups to present their unique circus and juggling acts in Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard. Lego Shum will showcase his highly difficult routines on Rolabola and intense fire eating performance. Chris Lam will unveil the world of illusion with contact juggling, eight-rings and illusion hoops. The young and energetic Kendama Bro will lead everyone to the modern Kendama world where movements and sports are integrated with the traditional skill toy. Do not miss the interactive comedies that will bring everyone laughter by The Double Clowns!

2pm-2:30pm │The Double Clowns (Clowning, Mime)

2:30pm-3pm │Chris Lam (Contact Juggling, Illusion 8 Rings & Isolation Hoops)

3pm-3:30pm │Kendama Bro (Kendama)

3:30pm-4pm │Lego Shum (Rolabola)

4pm-4:30pm │The Double Clowns (Clowning, Mime)

4:30pm-5pm │Chris Lam (Contact Juggling, Illusion 8 Rings, Isolation Hoops)

5pm-5:30pm │Kendama Bro (Kendama)

5:30pm-6pm │Lego Shum (Rolabola & Fire Eating)

About the artists

The Double Clowns

Formed by Betty Leong and Jacky Lo, The Double Clowns brings smiles to everyone with their amusing clown characters and mimes acts. Their giant clown shoes have tumbled across theatres, institutions and streets of Hong Kong. This time, the Double Clowns simply wants to invite you to play together!

Chris Lam

A stage and street performer major in contact juggling. In 2014-2016, Chris travelled to Australia, Taiwan and Japan to experience the cultural differences, exchanged techniques and know-hows to further his performing skills. After returned to Hong Kong, Chris participated variety of performances where appearances include corporate and mall events within Hong Kong and overseas. From personal hobby to profession, Chris loves to bring his juggling skills to the public and surprise every pass-by on the streets.

Kendama Bro

Paco Chau, Derek Chung, Wong Tsz Hin and Victor Tam, four enthusiastic Kendama athletes formed the Kendama Bro. Kendama is no longer a skill toy for amusement, it becomes a competitive sport now days. Combined with high-skilled tricks and full body movements, the Kendama Bro’s fascinating performances aim to break the public perception of traditional Kendama, and promotes interest and popularity of the sport-style Kendama in Hong Kong.

Lego Shum

Lego Shum started his self-taught circus life in 2016 after meeting a solo fire artist from the Philippines. His self-taught fire arts include poi, dragon staff, fire eating and fire breathing. Later he also started performing juggling, Rolabola, 2-meter giraffe unicycle, juggling with stilts and etc. Lego Shum is also a musician, drummer and composer. His musical input adds extra layers and uniqueness to his circus performances. His is aspired to develop more circus-music shows.

The Double Clowns (Clowning, Mime)
Chris Lam (Contact Juggling, Illusion 8 Rings & Isolation Hoops)

Kendama Bro (Kendama)
Lego Shum(Rolabola, Fire Eating)

Giocoso Trio

Western Instrumental

Performance: 30.11.2020

Music and dance are often two inseparable art forms. From concert to party and from ballroom to village gatherings, it forms part of our lives. This afternoon, Giocoso Trio brings you a variety of ballroom and folk dances along with a selection of soothing and spirited pieces to recharge your Monday! Programme includes works by Milhaud, Kreisler, Groslot, Damaré, de Falla and Webster. Come and join us for a round of dance!

30.11.2020 Concert: Dance it Up!

Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 157b / D. Milhaud (1892-1974)
Liebesleid from 3 Old Viennese Dances for Clarinet and Piano / F. Kreisler (1875-1962)
Four Dance Sketches, for Piccolo, Clarinet and Piano / R. Gorslot (b.1951)
Le Merle Blanc, for Piccolo and Piano / E. Damaré (1840-1919)
Danza Española No.1 from La vida breve, for Piano Solo / M. de Falla (1876-1946)
Excerpt from Carmen Rhapsody, for Flute, Clarinet in A & Bb and Piano, based on themes from Bizet’s Carmen / M. Webster (b.1944)
Performed by Marco Leung (Flute), Peggy Lai (Clarinet) & Louis Ng (Piano)

About the artists

Established in 2018, Giocoso Trio is formed by three local recent graduates from the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London: the flautist Marco Leung, the clarinettist Peggy Lai and the pianist Louis Ng. We aim at bringing our audience with relaxing and joyous music as suggested by our name “Giocoso”. We believe this rather unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet and piano can give our listeners a sense of freshness.

In early 2019, we are honoured to be selected as part of the “RCM Gateway” scheme. The scheme is designed to give access to a wide range of performance opportunities. This brings Giocoso Trio to various venues in London, notably including St Stephen’s Church and St James's Sussex Gardens.

Giocoso Trio is now based in Hong Kong with the goal of promoting classical music through regular performances. We are eager in working with local young composers and introducing works by lesser known composers in our upcoming projects.


Giocoso Trio

Programme Timetable

Date

Time

Venue

Performing Group

Performance Genre

02.11.2020 (Mon)

12:45pm-1:45pm

Laundry Steps

The Up:Strike Project

Contemporary Percussion

09.11.2020 (Mon)

12:45pm-1:45pm

Laundry Steps

NOVA Ensemble

Western Instrumental

16.11.2020 (Mon)

12:45pm-1:45pm

Laundry Steps

Brian x Joanna

Western Instrumental

21.11.2020 (Sat)

2pm-6pm

Prison Yard

J-Tools Asia

Circus & Juggling

23.11.2020 (Mon)

12:45pm-1:45pm

Laundry Steps

NOVA Ensemble

Western Instrumental

30.11.2020 (Mon)

12:45pm-1:45pm

Laundry Steps

Giocoso Trio

Western Instrumental

*Remarks: The performance line-up and schedule are subject to change. Please stay tune to Tai Kwun website for the latest information.