• Sharon Chan

Naamyam Creative Research

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Naamyam is a narrative singing tradition that was once a popular form of entertainment in the Canton region, including Hong Kong, during the early 20th century. This creative project focuses on the research and the revitalisation of this important oral tradition from the Canton culture. Cross-media artist Steve Hui will lead a team of artists from different disciplines to delve into the history and tradition of naamyam, and look for ways to bridge heritage to contemporary music practices, using naamyam as a point of reference. This project will evolve with time over the course of the project period, participating artists are expected to develop their own understanding of this unique oral tradition through the year-long journey of practical study, field trips and experiment workshops. A collective research in nature, this project also aims to provide a platform, relevant resources and useful tools for participants the methods of creating new works from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Curator: Steve Hui

Participating Artists (recruited through call for proposals):

Alki Au Yeung

Charles Kwong

Gregory Kwok

Jessica Fung

Keith Liu

Composer Steve Hui performing his composition Shadow of Wind with HKNME. Commissioned by the HKNME in 2018, the work combines contemporary chamber music, live electronics and naamyam singing. Photo © Cheung Chi Wai

Listen to Dou Wun (杜煥,1910-1979), one of the most prominent naamyam singers in the early 20th century, performs Song of the Exile (《客途秋恨》).

"Naamyam Creative Research" is part of practice-led research platform "Caravanserais", presented and produced by the HKNME.

“Caravanserais” is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The content of this programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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