Crossings

by Sea Island & Ferry

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Press Kit (English and Chinese): goo.gl/wZ4iB2

Sea Island & Ferry, a rare concoction of western and traditional Chinese instruments including piano, xiao (Chinese flute), cello and saxophone, calls themselves a Hong Kong "neochamber" ensemble. Their debut album "Crossings" features original instrumental works created during their first two years recording and performing together.

The works in "Crossings" involve taking the back seat to look at the inner and outer worlds, and have a diverse range of stories behind them. For example, "Adrift" was written in response to the refugee crisis in Europe in recent years. Extending beyond 10 minutes, "Salt Chronicles" tells the story of Yim Tin Tsai, an outlying, formerly salt-producing island in Hong Kong. "Living Under Water" was inspired through a conversation with a transgender person, who used exactly these words to describe the lives of sexual minorities.

People who heard Sea Island & Ferry live tend to link their music with film scores, but their works are not confined to any single genre such as jazz or classical. It is largely Hong Kong's cultural diversity which enabled an ensemble with such a combination of instruments, and provided the themes that inspired their work.

「海島小輪」是香港少有,由鋼琴、洞簫、大提琴、色士風四種看似互不相干的中西樂器組成的新派室樂組合。他們的首張專輯《Crossings》收錄了團隊結成至今兩年內製作的原創作品。

雖然沒有歌詞,但《Crossings》內的作品都抱著一種退後一步靜觀內外的態度,並涉獵相當廣泛的題材。例如,第一首創作的《浮生變調》就是以兩年前的歐洲難民潮為主題。逾十分鐘的組曲《鹽田歲月》則演繹出香港西貢附近的小島鹽田仔的幾段歷史。《水面下生存》本來是一位跨性別人士在對話中對性少眾的一個形容詞,其後成為了音樂上的創作靈感。

「海島小輪」的音樂風格常被認為像電影音樂,但曲風不屬於古典或爵士等任何範疇。也許是因為我們身處在香港這個多元文化之地,所以才有機緣孕育出這個涵蓋中西樂器的組合,透過發掘城市中的題材創作我們的音樂作品。

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released January 31, 2018

Musicians:
Piano by Arnold Fang*
Xiao by Kayne Ho*
Cello by Tim Tong*
Saxophone by Timothy Wan
(*current regular members)

Produced by Jeremy Cheng & Arnold Fang
Recorded by Anthony Yeung & Jacklam Ho (AYM Studio)
Mixed by Jeremy Cheng (Whatever Music)
Mastered by Anthony Yeung (AYM Studio)

Graphic Design by Saki Ho
Project Coordinated by Yip Kit

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Sea Island & Ferry

“Sea Island & Ferry” is a "neo-chamber ensemble" from Hong Kong, with member playing both Western as well as Chinese traditional instruments. Formed in 2016 as a concoction of piano, xiao (Chinese flute), cello and saxophone, the group will release its first album "Crossings" in early 2018.

「海島小輪」是香港少有,由鋼琴、洞簫、大提琴、色士風等中西樂器組成的純音樂組合,以「新派室樂」作自我定位。自2016年初成軍以來,已進行十多次演出,2018年初發表首張專輯《Crossings》。
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