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. 



-- AF


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


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“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.

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