The Listening Room #10
Beyond | Schism
Reaching out to our musicians to broaden the Ensemble’s musical scope has always been a defining element of Hong Kong New Music Ensemble’s programming strategy. With our current season’s vision of OUT:reach, the HKNME offers its young musicians carte blanche in curating a themed recital.
Beyond | Schism is a collection of pieces co-curated by HKNME flautist Angus Lee and clarinettist Linus Fung, exploring static and volatile states of being, from the contemplative yet unsettling Let me die before I wake (Salvatore Sciarrino), the stoic yet evocative Kuroda-Bushi (Toshio Hosokawa), the lyrical yet perturbed Monologue (Isang Yun), to works that pushes the limits of both instruments to their physical limits, such as beyond by Matthias Pintscher, BUG by Bruno Mantovani and Flight by George Benjamin.
This programme — The Listening Room #10 — is co-presented with Osage Gallery & Sigma Projects.
Luciano BERIO: Lied for solo clarinet
Michael JARRELL: Le point est la source de tout… (Epitome III) for solo flute
Giacinto SCELSI: Ko-lho for flute & clarinet
Matteo TUNDO: Quisquillia I for solo clarinet
Bruno MANTOVANI: BUG for solo clarinet
Thanakarn SCHOFIELD: Schism for solo clarinet
Salvatore SCIARRINO: Let me die before I wake for solo clarinet
George BENJAMIN: Flight for solo flute
Matthias PINTSCHER: beyond (a system of passing) for solo flute
Isang YUN: Monolog for solo bass clarinet
Toshio HOSOKAWA: Kuroda-Bushi for solo alto flute
Angus Lee (b. 1992) is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, having appeared as flautist at international music festivals including, among others, CYCLE Music and Art Festival (IS), Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Lucerne Festival (CH).
Lee graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2010 – 14) and the Royal Academy of Music in London (2014 – 16), having studied with Olivier Nowak, Samuel Coles and Kate Hill. As a student, he has also already performed under the baton of prominent conductors, such as Lorin Maazel and Christian Thielemann. Lee has been selected for international summer academies as well, such as the Asian Youth Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy.
In 2013, Lee was selected for participation in the Lucerne Festival Academy for the first time, where he worked briefly with the Academy’s founder, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, performing Dérive 1 (1984) under the composer’s supervision; Lee was nominated to assume the soloist role in Mémoriale (…explosante-fixe... Originel) in 2015 upon his return to the Festival, performing at Boulez’s 90th birthday celebration concert series. Lee retains a strong working relationship with the Lucerne Festival, having returned to perform on tour on multiple occasions. He will also return to the Festival in summer 2022 as a faculty member of the Festival Academy.
Lee joined the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble in 2016, and has since presented the regional premieres of works by leading composers of the day with the group. Lee was also appointed programme manager of the Ensemble since summer 2020.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Fung Yat Shan Linus is an active and versatile Hong Kong-based clarinettist who works as a core member of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME). He has performed in Shanghai New Music Week, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Macau Huan Yuan Exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, and various Arts events since season 2016-17.
Linus studied music in The Chinese University of Hong Kong under the tutorship of Martin Choy. He then further studied in Royal Northern College of Music under the tutorship of John Bradbury, Lynsey Marsh and Nicholas Cox. Linus plays the clarinet for the renowned Wuji Ensemble since 2018. Linus also regularly plays as principal clarinet with the Ponte Orchestra of Hong Kong since its establishment and has played in various projects with the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Opera Hong Kong, Cantabile, among many freelance occasions.
As a soloist, Linus has given numerous solo recitals in Hong Kong, Macau, Shantou and Manchester, including a recent full-length recital in Hong Kong City Hall’s “Our Music Talents” Recital Series presented by LCSD. During spring 2018 and 2019, he was also invited to perform concerti with the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra and Chung Chi Wind Orchestra respectively. In Summer 2018, Linus was invited to demonstrate in the renowned Juilliard professor Ayako Oshima’s lecture in Hong Kong. In October 2020, Linus was invited to give a lecture recital titled “Stravinsky’s Clarinet” in the University of Hong Kong with Prof. Chan Hing Yan.
As a chamber musician, Linus is the clarinettist and curator of active local classical chamber group, The TimeCrafters. The group has given concerts for Hong Kong Arts Festival Plus, Hong Kong Arts Festival Outreach, Tai Kwun lunchtime series and more. Linus was being interviewed on RTHK’s “The Work” multiple times for his chamber commitments. In spring 2018, he founded and curates the clarinet ensemble “Reed A Bit”, giving community and family concerts.