Lam Lai’s “Twinkle Twinkle Little Tango”

December 31, 2015

【SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Landscape 聲影集:香港景觀】

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Lam Lai’s “Twinkle Twinkle Little Tango”

I. Q&A

1) How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece? 

When I first viewed the photo, I immediately thought about street dancing. Since Milonga is one of my favourite dance, I was thinking to use an interesting tune that everyone is familiar with. I also think Mozart's Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" may be an interesting match with tango.

2) How does your commissioned work correlate with the visual image/video? 

I remember I played this game on the street when I was small. There is an interesting rhythm in the foot steps, as most of the time you need to stop your posture and get the balance. I think this kind of irregular rhythm will also be interesting to hear in the piece. 

3) Please share your perception of “Hong Kong”. How did you convey this perception in your work? 

I like the fast pacing of daily life in Hong Kong. When you are walking on the street, there are lots of fast repetition around you. Therefore, I try to put the piece to be similar to this circumstance, which is fast and having lots of tiny repetition. 

II. About the Composer – Lam Lai


Composing habit: Start with a cup of milk tea 
Favorite place in Hong Kong: Central 
Favorite sound: water sound 

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