Low Flying 半空飛行

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Like “Adrift”, this was one of the earlier compositions I did for this album. It also started with some basic melody making, and I also wrote lyrics to the melody initially. What was different was my first experiment with irregular and frequently alternating time signatures in the second half. The introduction of this piece involved a technique that we call “ball throwing” - we broke the melody line into short sections, and had on instrumentalist play after another in random order. When we first started this, we “passed the ball” using eye contact between the players. Eventually we mastered the technique without looking at one another — you sense it’s your turn, and it’s yours.

This piece is dedicated to young musicians and artists in Hong Kong, who are most usually pursuing their goals under severe constraints. The message is just to fly - even when you know it is too much of a challenge to fly high. 

和《浮生變調》一樣,這是專輯內較早期的作品。開始創作時,同樣先寫簡單的旋律,並配有歌詞。不同的是,我在樂曲的後半部使用不規則而變換頻繁的拍子,是我第一次做這樣的實驗。曲子的開端以一種我們俗稱「拋波」的技巧來完成。我們將旋律斷開好幾小段,並由樂手隨機地一個接一個去演奏。最初,我們以眼神來互相「傳球」,後來有了默契,就不用眼神也知道輪到自己,自然而然的奏。

我謹以這首樂曲向香港的年輕音樂人和藝術家致意,因他們大多在嚴重緊絀的限制之下追求理想。縱然知道要飛得高是多大的挑戰,但也別怕,即管飛吧!

-- AF

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from Crossings, released January 31, 2018
Composed by Arnold Fang
Arranged by Sea Island & Ferry

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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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