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A very musical (and arty) month in the city



THIS MONTH IS Hong Kong’s biggest musical weekender: Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival (1), over 17-19 November at the Central Harbourfront. As always, there are the headline acts (Massive Attack, The Prodigy), the acts with awesome names (Cashmere Cat) and the band with the hit that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day ( The Dandy Warhols’ Bohemian Like You – you’re welcome).

Here’s how to get warmed up for Hong Kong’s most musical month…

For alfresco music: there’s a series of outdoor concerts in Quarry Bay’s Taikoo Place, including one on 4 November featuring local 10-piece funk band Groove Lee and Nashville duo 10 String Symphony.

For classical: Italy’s Mantua Chamber Orchestra (2) makes its Hong Kong debut with performances on 23 and 26 November at Hong Kong City Hall as part of Musicus Fest’s

fifth anniversary. The two concerts combine worldclass conductors and local Hong Kong talent.

For something a bit different, there’s a series of African musical events (including Mandela Trilogy, an opera about Nelson Mandela; and a concert by Beninese singer-songwriter

Angélique Kidjo) in town for the Vibrant Africa festival, running until 19 November.

And lastly, the obscure. Over at the Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema during 1-2 November, Berlin DJ Jan Brauer adds a new (live!) electronic music score to Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent movie

Battleship Potemkin.

Other Hong Kong venues worth checking out for Clockenflap warm-ups include Central’s Orange Peel; live music den The Wanch in Wan Chai; and MO Bar (3), the sexy-stylish cocktail bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, which hosts regular live music nights.

If live music’s not to your taste, all is not lost.

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (3-12 November) this year welcomes a cerebral group of speakers including writers Ian Rankin and Amy Tan. Or get lit with the dazzling Lumieres Hong Kong (4) (23-25 November). Five international artists will light up a selection of Hong Kong’s landmarks with installations and theatre.

Which basically means the city will shine more brightly than ever this November. 本月17至19日中環海濱將會舉行香港最盛大的周末音樂活動

Clockenflap香港音樂及藝術節( 1)。一如以往,著名樂手(如組合Massive Attack及樂團The Prodigy),以及令人引頸期待的大師(如音樂製作人Cashmere Cat),還有唱出繞樑大熱歌曲的樂隊(如演唱〈Bohemian Like You〉的The Dandy Warhols)均會現身這場音樂盛會。


如果你喜歡露天音樂會,太古坊於11月舉行一系列戶外音樂會,括11月4日Groove Lee率領十人放克樂隊與納什維爾二人組合10 String Symphony同場演出。

至於古典音樂,意大利的曼托瓦室樂團( 2)應邀參與第五屆樂.誼國際音樂節,於本月23日及26日在香港大會堂首次獻藝。這兩場音樂會由世界級指揮家與香港本地音樂家攜手合作。




最後還有較罕見的電子現場配樂。香港藝術中心電影院於11月1至2日放映電影大師愛森斯坦的默片經典《波特金號戰艦》,並邀得來自柏林的DJ Jan Brauer於現場配上全新電子音樂。

其他可為Clockenflap作熱身的香港音樂勝地括中環的音樂吧Orange Peel;灣仔的現場音樂俱樂部The Wanch;以及中環置地文華東方酒店地庫的時尚酒吧MO Bar(3),那裡定期舉行現場音樂會。

如果你對現場音樂演出不甚熱衷,還有其他精采活動。今年香港國際文學節( 11月3至12日)邀來多位極具份量的講者,括Ian Rankin及華裔作家譚恩美等。11月23至25日的光影香港夜( 4)靈感源自法國里昂燈光節,五位國際藝術家將以燈光裝置及劇場妝點城中多個地標。


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