Tam Ka-shu’s “Little Hidden Momentum”

January 5, 2016

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

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Tam Ka-shu’s “Little Hidden Momentum”

I. Q&A

1) Briefly introduce your commissioned work. 

My work depicts the restless spirit of Hong Kong – there are motions even in a quiet situation. It is inspired by an image that centred a workman and a still curtain fills up the other space. 

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

While the large curtain in the image seems to project a still atmosphere, the truck and the worker reveal a vivid motion. This contrast in activity immediately connects me to a night scene in Causeway Bay – streets are empty but still project a dynamic atmosphere. 

3) All visual elements of this concert, which served as the initial inspiration for the composers, will be projected on screen during the performance. What is the difference between composing with and without a specified visual image? 

Visual images set a fix parameter for composers. In order to bring out the theme of the images, composers have to fit their imagination within the set boundary. However, this does not mean to limit our creativity. Instead, we might see the parameters as guidelines for composing. 

II. About the Composer - Tam Ka Shu 

Favorite place in Hong Kong: Po Toi Island 
Favorite composer: Gyorgy Ligeti and Alfred Schnittke 
Favorite visual artist: Salvador Dali

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