Sand and Beyond

Law Wing-fai “Atmospheric Music Theatre”

9 / 7 /2017 ( Sun ) 8 pm

Concert Hall,Hong Kong City Hall

"Sands and Beyond" is inspired by the immortal lines on the Dunhuang murals which vividly depict the apsaras dancing in their full splendor. These flying deities exemplify a sense of Oriental aesthetic beauty that seems to traverse the desolate desert into the vastness of the universe, and provides a perfect palette for the composer to paint his music.

Besides the commonly known pipa, the konghou is also among the array of musical instruments frequently seen on the murals. Known as the Chinese harp, the konghou can be traced back to the harps in ancient Babylon, Egypt and Greece. Our concert, as part of the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, will highlight the harp and begin with a solo piece by renowned Italian harpist Raoul Moretti. Interspersed with dances and complemented by lighting and video images, the stylized pieces, in various combinations of Chinese and Western musical instruments, will be performed in a reserved and unaffected style with the musicians in a state of quiescence. The concert will end with the vigorous pipa ensemble piece “Heavenly Dance”, depicting music from Heaven.

Artistic Director/ Composer Law Wing-fai

Music Director/ Pipa Wong Chi-ching
Lighting Designer Leo Cheung

Video Designer Shing Bok-man
Sound Engineer Chan Pui-ching

Music Director/ Pipa Wong Chi-ching

Xiao Zhang Fan

Soprano Magaret Yim

Harp Raoul Moretti   Ann Huang  Amy Tam  Liya Huang

Ruan / Pipa Lam Tsan-tong

Dancers Ye Ran

Flute Carmen Ma

Guzheng / Ruan / Pipa  Wuji Ensemble

Programme

 

Prologue: Improvisation

Harp/Dance

 

Flying Up (Clarence Mak)

Ruan Ensemble

In Oneness (Law Wing-fai) *

Guzheng Solo

Where the Water Ends (Law Wing-fai) *

Soprano/Flute/Harp

The Dancer (Improvisation)

Pipa/Xiao/Recitation/Dance

Three Variations on Yangguan Pass (Ancient Melody/ Arr. Raoul Moretti)

Harp Duo

The Awakening on Mount Mingsha (Yau May-kay) *#

Xiao/Guzheng/Flute/Harp

Song of a Long Way Away (Law Wing-fai) *

Soprano/Xiao/Guzheng

Sands and Beyond (Law Wing-fai) *

Pipa Solo

Heavenly Dance (Law Wing-fai)

Pipa Ensemble/Harp Duo/Dance

* World Premiere

# Commissioned by Wuji Ensemble in 2017 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund