Salt Chronicles 鹽田歲月

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As our group took up the name Sea Island & Ferry, it also became my wish to have works that would detail the story of islands in Hong Kong. My first attempt at such storytelling was “Salt Chronicles.” Written in May 2016, this piece represents different eras of Yim Tin Tsai, an island off the shores of Sai Kung. I started with the times with the island was predominantly natural and chaotic, moving first onto a folk-style theme representing the settlement by Chinese villagers. The middle section (in 12/8 time), was co-written with Timothy Wan, and signifies the arrival of outside influences such as the Catholic religion, and eventual desire for modern comfort amidst rapid urbanization. After a quiet section which laments the desertion of the island after the World War II, the piece rejuvenates into a lively finale, as Hong Kongers re-embrace the island as a historic site to preserve in recent years.

自我們替樂團取了「海島小輪」的名字之後,我也希望其中一些作品能與香港的小島扣連,說說島的故事。2016年5月,我們透過《鹽田歲月》一曲來訴說鹽田仔這個西貢離島不同時期的軼事。我首先追溯到鹽田仔的原始時期,描繪島上自然而雜亂無章的狀況,繼而進入帶有民族色彩主旋律,象徵第一批華裔村民來到島上生活。樂曲中段與Timothy Wan合寫,用了和前不同的12/8拍節奏,代表鹽田仔開始受到外來影響。先有天主教傳教士,後有城市發展,引起島民對現代舒適生活的渴望。樂曲隨後轉向寂靜,用以哀嘆二戰後小島的荒涼。接着,樂曲回復生動的調子作結,意味鹽田仔近年再次受到香港人擁戴,納為歷史古蹟來作保存。

-- AF

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from Crossings, released January 31, 2018
Composed by Arnold Fang & Timothy Wan
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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