How to tell the story of the day. It's going to be pictures and captions.
Skype with Eric (1am)
He is now is studying in Taiwan. We have worked together for 10 years nearly and he lived with us in Morecambe when he was over doing his Clore Fellowship. We talk about a project in Sei Kun that I am making a track for mixing old style songs and beats (see track below)
Breakfast on the balcony
The airbnb I stay in is owned by a Ka Kee who is an art collector. Breakfast on the balcony overlooking Hong Kong Park is a relaxed affair for me each morning. I take care not to read - just eat.
Lunch with Chi Chung at Bijas, HKU
I feel very lucky to have been introduced to this amazing thinker, DJ and activist who runs the General Ed department at Hong Kong University. I have completed 3 projects with him at HKU and always meet up for a drink or a meal and catch up. Hoping for a project next November !
Yin and Amanda
Like Jone Chui, Yin was one of the musicians I worked with in Gateshead in 2005 at the start of this whole journey. We have played with each ever since. A great composer and player this is a photo taken in Manchester Childrens Hospital in 2013 when we invited him over for a residency at More Music. We meet today with his partner Amanda.
Ways into Workshops at CCCD
Another group shot at the end of a workshop. This group of 12 people have spent 6 hours with me investigating and experiencing Community Music. Tonight I talked a great deal about HOW to take what we have been doing back out into working lives - as corporate trainers, therapists, social workers and the rest. Over the last 10 years I must have had hundreds of people through these workshops.
My partners here, CCCD, and the great community activist Mok Chiuyu are always making new programmes happen and they have had a gallery space in Yau Ma Tei for the past year. They curate shows and try to engage with the local community in this interesting area. Tonight is the opening of Wilson Tsang's exhibition and a group of us from the workshop turn up late - I drink Sake, play some tunes and wonder again - what am I doing here!