End of Year Special – A Musical Retrospective

It’s our final edition of “The Works” for 2011, and tonight, to round off the year, we’re looking back at some of the great musicians that have been in our studio in 2010.

If you saw the movie “Gods and Generals” you’ll have heard a song by Mary Fahl called “Going Home”. In July, Mary was in Hong Kong. She came to our studios and performed a song called “Gravity” which is from her recent album.

We’ve had local musicians in our studio too, and many of them choose to play classical or fine music. The young piano player Wong Ka-Jeng or KJ has been the subject of a documentary film and has many enthusiastic fans. In July, he came to our studio with flautist Wilson Ng to play Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango”.

From the tango – we move to Indian dance, or one form which has become known to most of the world through Bollywood movies. In February the stage show “The Merchants of Bollywood” came to Hong Kong. It’s full of dance, song, and spectacular costumes. The two lead artists Dipender Singh and Carol Furtado came to our studio to perform “My Heart Goes …”

Many cultures have a kind of drum called a frame drum, where an animal skin is stretched over a frame. It’s one of the oldest musical instruments and it sounds simple, but in the hands of a skilled player like John Lee it is capable of an incredible range of sound.

As John Lee shows, Hong Kong musicians are interested in a wide range of music. And you might not know it but there’s a thriving Independent pop music scene here. We highlight just a few of the local Indie bands who have played for us in the past year: Corey Tam, Chochukmo, Merriweather Deer, Noughts and Exes, and Tuesday Morning Surfing Club

In October a group of young musicians from Xinjiang came to our studio. They call themselves “Jam” and they want to bring Uyghur music to a new generation.

Finally, in June we had in our studio a British guitarist who has been playing since he was three years old. He played on national TV in Britain when he was eight and was the guitarist of the 1980s supergroup Asia. He’s also been voted Guitarist of the Year by the UK’s Guitarist magazine. He’s Guthrie Govan. He’s going to play us out with a track from his album “Erotic Cakes”. It’s called “Waves”

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