Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Miller & Asia Society Hong Kong Center Present The Rising Stars of Asia
Hong Kong Epilogue (Here Are the Years That Walk Between)
Commissioned by the Octavian Society in honor of the opening of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, February 2012
Seeking to present up-and-coming Asian artistes at the state-of-the-art Miller Theater (Former Magazine B). The Rising Stars of Asia Series endeavors to provide a platform in Hong Kong to showcase the talent of emerging Asian artistes. Opening performance of Hong Kong Epilogue (Here Are the Years that Walk between) composed by rising star Aenon Loo and performed by Yuki Ip and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble will be introduced by guiding star Joanna Lee. Discussion with Loo and Lee will follow the performance.
Hong Kong Epilogue (Here Are the Years That Walk between)
With an intimate soliloquy colored by moving images, Hong Kong Epilogue traces a generation coming of age in the post-handover years. Together with Yuki Ip (soprano) and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, join Aenon Loo (music) and Silas Fong (video) in the world premiere of a multimedia aria where episodes from the collective memory punctuate pictures of the here and now. This Epilogue unfolds not as a search for an iconic past, but as a new way of experiencing our city today.
Aenon Jia-en Loo received his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and electronic music from Columbia and his Bachelor of Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. With his composition Last Days, hommage à Messiaen, Loo was awarded best composition by the Hong Kong New Generation; and First prize in the Young Composer Award given by the Asian Composer’s League, held in Yokohama, Japan. A Founding Composer of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, his works have been performed by the Asian Youth Orchestra, Les Six Woodwind Sextet, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Manhattan Sinfonietta, and various ensembles in the US, Europe, and East Asia. Loo was granted the Lady Fung Memorial Music Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council in 2001 to study at the Aspen Music School in Colorado with George Tsontakis.
Silas Fong graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, and is currently a MFA candidate at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His video, installation, and new media works have been exhibited in Asia and Europe, including Liverpool Biennial 2010. Fong received the Gold Award in the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards, Young Artist Award from Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial, and was named one of Asia’s leading design talents by Perspective Magazine.
Joanna Lee attended London’s Royal College of Music for her BMus degree and completed her PhD at Columbia University in New York. She has worked for prominent non-profit arts organizations in New York: like the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and also taught at the University of Hong Kong’s Music Department. In 2001, she received a 12-month grant to record an extensive oral history on the amateur Cantonese opera singing movement in Hong Kong as well as the American and Canadian diaspora. Between 2003 and 2011, she held the title of Honorary Research Fellow at HKU’s Centre for Asian Studies, Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Lee has served as a consultant for several organizations including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. She was also cultural advisor to David Henry Hwang’s Broadway production Chinglish, named the top new American play of 2011 by Time magazine.
Yuki Ip obtained her Bachelor of Music from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and her Master of Music from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Ip performed as soloist with José Carreras for the inaugural season of the National Centre of the Performing Arts, Beijing, and made her European debut at the basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy.
The Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME) is a chamber ensemble formed in 2008. The only new music ensemble in Hong Kong, it intends to foster interesting interdisciplinary collaborations, and present the best new music created by local, Asian and international composers to Hong Kong audiences.