NME15 - referring to Hong Kong New Music Ensemble’s upcoming 15th anniversary in 2022/23 - is a visionary series of interconnected projects that witness the HKNME breaking new grounds in areas of education, outreach, research, publication and performances. We are proud to introduce the three programmes.
Sonic-Visual Interplay, spearheaded by composer Joyce Tang and art critic/curator John Batten, aims at connecting the new music and visual art scenes in Hong Kong. The project unifies the commissioning of music with visual art, and includes educational and community outreach components with the aim of encouraging creative exchanges and dialogues between composers, sound artists, and visual artists.
Alongside Sonic-Visual Interplay is our outreach initiative, CoLab, designed specifically for fifteen emerging composers/visual artists. Participants of this programme experience behind-the-scenes tours of cultural sites and HKNME's interdisciplinary productions, as well as a chance to showcase their own work in a collaborative performance/installation.
Commissioned artists invited through Open Call:
Brian Bromberg, Kalen Lee Wing Ki, Cong Wei, Mindy Lui, Winston Yeung, Florence Lam, Rita Yung, Wong Chun Hoi (Hoi9), Eric So Ho-Chi, Katie Siu, Bouie Choi Yuk-Kuen & Bun-Ching Lam.
CoLab artists invited through Open Call:
Anthony Au, Chet Pong, Chuan On So, Connie Lo, Dony Cheng, Illuminatius Ng, Jane Wang, Jeff Cheng, Jerry Ng, Jin Jiaqing, Jonathan Frichot, Michael Li, Sampson Li & Suze Chan.
Shapes Songs - a young person’s guide to totally abstract too-serious music!
As part of our 15th anniversary celebrations, HKNME has made a fresh commitment to invigorating our community and education programs for young people. Curated by artist/composer Samson Young, HKNME will commission 20 short duets for students aged 4-8 years old and their teachers/mentors. Diverse musical approaches will be celebrated, and may include graphic scores, game pieces, as well as traditionally-notated works. The scores will be published internationally, together with fun and original illustrations by local printmakers from Hong Kong, at the end of the project. These illustrations will also form part of the performance programme. Shapes Songs aims to bring together young students, passionate professional musicians, and a group of inspired composers to explore contemporary music and aesthetics in a fun and inspiring way.
Samson Young, James Moore, Seth Cluett, Stephan Moore, Stephen Yip, Viola Yip, Law Yuk-mui, Vanissa Law, Hong Kai-Wang & Bill Dietz.
Commissioned composers invited through Open Call:
Austin Leung, Charlotte Tong, Eagle Wu, Felix Cheung, Kenrick Ho, Larry Shuen, Livia Malossi Bottignole, Matthew Lam, Partiparn Jaikampan, Santa Bušs & Uri Kochavi.
1 April 2023, shapes song I @ Fringe Underground, The Fringe Club
6 August 2023, shapes songs II @ The Room, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District
Sounding Tomorrow, co-curated by Daniel Lo; is a brand-new commissioning platform launched in response to the rising interest in integrating the arts with new application of technology, with the specific aim of uniting composers, video/sound artists, new media artists and lighting designers from Hong Kong under one roof. Further details about this programme will soon be announced.
Amy Chan, Esther Wu, Giovanni Santini, Lawrence Lau, Ryo Ikeshiro & Viola Yip.