[PERFORMANCE] ODE TO BAMBOO
Date: Friday, 12 April 2019 | Thursday, 9 May 2019
Time: 13:05 – 13:55
Venue: 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
Cost: Free admission, all are welcome
Bamboo has played an important role in music-making in China since the earliest periods of civilisation, when it was first used to make woodwind instruments like the dizi, a side-blown flute that was invented in the ninth century BCE. It was also the main material for early zithers called zhu—a possible precursor to the guzheng—and plectra that were used to play a variety of stringed instruments. Rich with symbolism, bamboo has inspired countless songs and plays, many of which focus on its perceived qualities of simplicity and humility, and its abundance in nature.
In a series of performances at UMAG on 12 April and 9 May 2019, guzheng player Grammy Yeung responds to the aesthetic of bamboo in Chinese art through a carefully selected programme of six contemporary and traditional compositions. Each evokes feelings of retreating to a remote landscape and the transformational processes of nature. The performances are organised in conjunction with the exhibition Art of the Iron Brush: Bamboo Carvings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, which runs at UMAG from April 17–July 28, 2019.
Performer: Grammy Yeung Ching Ho
Yeung Ching Ho Grammy is a year 4 student in the Department of Music at The University of Hong Kong. She began her Guzheng training under Chin King in 2004, and is currently working under the guidance of Dr Xu Lingzi of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. She passed the diploma examinations with distinction from both the Central Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Yeung was a champion in the Intermediate, Senior and Advanced levels, and first runner-up in the Junior and RTHK Radio 4 Chinese Instruments Scholarship for solo Zheng competitions at the Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festival. She was awarded first place in the 6th Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition and received the silver medal in The First International Zheng Contest’s B amateur group.
Yeung has been a member of various Chinese orchestras since 2006, including the Children’s Chinese Orchestra, Island Youth Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and Chinese Orchestra of HKUSU, in which she also held the office of Chairperson for the 2016–2017 session.
Yeung was recently featured as one of the finalists on RTHK 4’s Young Music Makers 2017. She has participated in Musicus Society concerts, including the Musicus Heritage Community Concert Series: A Habsburg Convocation, and the 5th and 6th Musicus Festival’s Children’s Concert, as well as the filming of RTHK’s The Works. She was recently invited by RTHK as a member of Twoplus Music to hold a STEAM workshop for children, and was awarded a Rayson Huang Scholarship for Music at the University of Hong Kong 2017–2018.
Spring in the forest 林泉 Ye Xiaogang 葉小鋼
March of the general 將軍令 Anonymous 佚名
The Nostalgia of Suwu 蘇武思鄉 Anonymous 佚名
Combating typhoon 戰颱風 Wang Changyuan 王昌元
Fantasia 幻想曲 Wang Jianmin 王建民
Spring on Xiang River 春到湘江 Ning Baosheng 寧保生