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HKAC x ACC Creative Mind Series: Innovation and Collaboration

Date & Time:
22/09/2018  From 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Traditional arts in Asia are steeped and intertwined with history and culture. Fast forward to the present and works of art are often shaped with the surge of multiculturalism and globalization. Musicians could not help but wonder, “How do we produce a contemporary interpretation out of tradition while preserving it simultaneously? How do we prolong the life of traditional art?”

In this episode of HKAC x ACC Creative Mind Series, we are pleased to invite three visiting ACC alumni in collaboration with Asian Young Musician’s Connection (Hong Kong). Traditional Korean musician gamin was awarded an ACC fellowship in 2013 to explore contemporary music in the U.S. Japanese traditional flute player Kohei Nishikawa received an ACC fellowship in 2015 to study the nose flute in Taiwan. Composer Koji Nakano received an ACC fellowship in 2008 as an artist-in-residence at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia.

Having exposed to different cultures, our alumni have realized the impact and interaction between tradition and contemporary art. Hong Kong is steeped with history and culture, and in recent years there has been an increasing interaction between tradition and contemporary art. This talk is a valuable opportunity for our artists to share their experiences and insight with the audience.

gamin, Korean traditional musician (2014 ACC Fellow)
Praised as "a true pioneer" by Ralph Samuelson, gamin is a traditional Korean musician and cross-disciplinary artist. Her main instrument is the piri, a double-reed bamboo oboe. gamin’s keen interest in producing interdisciplinary works resulted in
collaborations with world-acclaimed musicians in the U.S. and Korea. Her contemporary works have been performed by the Seoul Philharmonic and Korea Symphony in 2015 and 2016.

Koji Nakano, composer (2008 ACC Fellow)
Award-winning composer Koji Nakano is recognized as one of the major voices among Asian composers of his generation. In 2008, Dr. Nakano became the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize. His portrait concert has been presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, among other venues. In 2016, he was named the Scripps Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor at Scripps College in the U.S. Co-founder of the Asian Young Musicians’ Connection (AYMC), Dr. Nakano commissions emerging composers to create music that is performed by worldwide professional musicians at AYMC’s annual concerts, lectures, and workshops. Currently, he is the Head of International Affairs for the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Burapha University in Thailand, where he teaches composition as a full-time faculty member.

Kohei Nishikawa, Japanese flutist (2015 ACC Fellow) 
Kohei Nishikawa is a versatile flutist, a rarity in Japan with his background in Japanese and Western training. He was a principal flutist of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, then made a significant transition to become a traditional flute player. Envisioning a platform sharing Western and Eastern art forms, he founded the Nishikawa Ensemble, which has toured not only in Japan but also in
Canada and the U.S. 

2000 ACC Lee Hysan Foundation Fellow
Cheung Pui Shan, Florence
Director of Asian Young Musicians Connection (AYMC)

Pui-shan Cheung, Florence (2000 ACC Fellow)

Dr. Pui-shan Cheung is the director of the Asian Young Musicians’ Connection (Hong Kong branch). She received her bachelor degree in Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and DMA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Pui-shan received the ACC fellowship in 2000 to further her studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a lecturer in music composition at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with an extensive knowledge in Chinese music and philosophy.


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