Posts Tagged ‘maRK’

Someone new to Hong Kong was asking if there were any local artists like Sia, Pink, Janelle Monae, or Jhene Aiko- pop artists but with that creative quirkiness that gives them an edge. We were having dinner, the video for “Pressure” was being shown on one of the music channels, and she wanted to go [...]

In a world where making money by making music has made many musicians keep their day jobs and take on night jobs as gigs are scarce, and also because of those bozos who proclaimed from their games of thrones that giving away music was a good thing plus those other parasites who hoodwinked unknown artists [...]

Peel Fresco is recognised as Hong Kong’s only Jazz club though it stopped being a “jazz club” over three years ago. Frankly, who really knows what all that “jazz” is these days, anyway? Some scat singing? Tedious solos by everyone in a group which, despite often being pretty shaky, are applauded wildly by audiences desperate [...]

(www.fasttrack.hk) PRESS RELEASE Hong Kong, September 2, 2014: Home is where the heart is and, to many, home on a weekday in Hong Kong is attending a Happy Wednesday night at Happy Valley Racecourse. Now, there’s a song about all this, called, naturally enough, “Home”, which doubles and triples as the musical anthem for the [...]

Monkey-see, monkey-do. It’s what most of Hong Kong is afflicted with and if, somehow, someone, somewhere, either in Hong Kong or The Pied Piper of Hamlyn doesn’t find a way to shower this place with inspiration that will make originality live again, this city will be known as The City Of Lemmings. Forget the buffet [...]

Applause is a wonderful thing. One of the problems in Hong Kong when it comes to music is that many audiences applaud for every crappy and often self-indulgent solo, singers who hit high notes no matter how sharp or flat and fifth rate Vegas schtick. Applause must be earned and not given away indiscriminately to [...]

I am so confused. Here I am at Peel Fresco on a Wednesday night and it’s Canto Pop night and I am sure it’s fun for the packed audience of what is, essentially, a karaoke crowd, but I just don’t get it. Or maybe I know it too damn well. But from the jazz of [...]

ALL THAT JAZZ

Posted: 21st July 2013 by We-Enhance in Hong Kng, Hong Kong Music Industry
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(Source: IMP Awards) If one can truly “understand” Jazz, something’s just not right. If, musically, the next note or the next solo or the next break can be predicted, that’s not Jazz. That’s just formulaic shuck and jive like hotel lounge singers trying to sing “soul”. It’s fake musical goods. (Source: Emtalkery) At least to [...]

In any industry, if something is not working and the wheel has broken, one changes those who can fix it and gets things rolling again. No one carries on with a broken wheel hoping that by some miracle everything will fall into place by divine intervention and the industry will re-create itself. (Source: All Posters [...]

A couple of us were listening to a young Hong Kong jazz quartet named maRK made up of some extremely talented young musicians including a Smurf like drummer named Anna Fan. (Source: maRK quartet- Facebook) We had never heard of Anna but many who play the local jazz circuit happen to know her and she [...]