Newsletter No. 422

10 No. 422, 4.9.2013 请扫描QR码阅读全文版 Scan the QR code for the full version 怎样开始与音乐结缘? 大概是三岁多左右,我爱玩家中的电子琴,乐曲听上一遍, 即能把调子重奏出来。父母看我这样喜欢音乐,便让我习 琴,家中的电子琴也因而换上钢琴。 除钢琴外,你又会拉小提琴、打鼓、弹结他,还有什么? 何以学习不同乐器? 那是因为我喜欢作曲和编曲,小提琴和鼓分属弦乐和敲击 乐,结他则是流行音乐常用的,认识各种乐器的特性和限 制,才能善用于乐曲中。我在中大时亦学拉二胡。 为何偏爱作曲和编曲? 起初是练琴练得有点闷,于是找点乐子自娱,玩票地开始 作曲和编曲。中四时和同学参加了一个音乐比赛,我作曲 她主唱,结果获奖,亦因而获 伍乐城 先生赏识,提供奖学 金在他开设的音乐学校修读「音乐制作文凭课程」,并跟 我签约,参与制作流行曲,更有三数首作品成功卖出,为流 行歌手采用。 自小学的是古典音乐,但又涉足流行音乐,是否想走 跨界路线?你觉得这方面的作曲家或表演家有谁是成 功的? 凡是与音乐有关的,我都不会错过,像弹琴以外,又会参加 合唱团、玩管弦乐。古典和流行音乐并无冲突,若能令大 众更易于接触古典或严肃音乐,或令更多人欣赏不同种类 的音乐,乐坛会更多元化。 伍卓贤 先生是我最欣赏的本地音乐人之一。他是中大音乐 系校友,曾在系内开课,我也有修读。这位全职的音乐创作 人,是新融合音乐组合「SIU2」发起人和音乐总监,作品包 括管弦乐、室乐、合唱音乐、中国器乐音乐、剧场音乐、舞 蹈音乐、音乐剧和流行曲等。 何时决定以音乐为终身路向? 一直以来我都肯定生活不可没有音乐,实际参与了流行 音乐的制作后,我发觉原来可把兴趣转为职业,但我还 不能确定该怎样走,所以决定入读中大音乐系,为的是 认识音乐的不同范畴,才决定往哪个方向发展。 在中大念书,对你的音乐及其他发展,有什么影响? 系内的老师皆为良师,我很享受学习过程,特别是 韦新达 (Victor A. Vicente)教授,我曾跟他修读宝莱坞电影音 乐、音乐与政治等课程,亦跟随他做过监狱音乐教育的研 究。是他让我对民族音乐学产生兴趣,并决定继续深造。 要不是入读中大,未必踏上研究之路。 是什么促使你到壁屋惩教所教授在囚青少年乐器? 我的钢琴老师 罗乃新 在壁屋教音乐已十年多了,她知道我 也熟悉流行音乐,便问我有否兴趣教,我一口答应,也没 有想过惧怕。我大概每星期去一次,每次约两三小时。这 些青少年开始时有点害羞,不过却很感激有人愿意专程到 来教他们,所以非常用心学习,而且进步神速!此外,他们 的自信和沟通能力亦提升了,原认为前路茫茫的,也找到 了目标。由此,我看到音乐的力量,它是实在的、可以帮助 人的,也让我定下目标,就是以音乐来帮助弱势社群,改善 社会。 负笈牛津在即,可有预期?毕业后有什么打算? 我曾到耶鲁大学及哥伦比亚大学交流,接触到的人各有主 见,心里都有一团火,无悔所做的事。期望在牛津碰到同样 出色的人,向他们学习借镜。毕业后计划朝学术研究方面 发展。不过,我有点多心,希望能继续参与流行曲的制作。 音乐以外,还有什么嗜好? 打羽毛球、看电影、看书。 黄靖文 利黄瑶璧千禧奖学金得主、 音乐系应届毕业生 Jamie Wong Recipient of the Esther Yewpick Lee Millennium Scholarship; Music, 2013 How did you become interested in music? When I was about three, I liked to play the electronic keyboard. I was able to reproduce on it melodies that I had heard only once. My parents let me take piano lessons and bought me a piano to replace the keyboard. Other than the piano, you also learnt to play the violin, the guitar and drums. Were there others? Why did you learn different kinds of musical instruments? I love music composition and arrangement. The violin is a string instrument, drums are percussion, and guitars are commonly used in pop music. I wanted to learn about the features and limitations of different instruments so as to use the most suitable ones in my music. I learnt erhu too while studying in CUHK. Why do you like music composition and arrangement? I felt a bit bored with constant piano practice. I looked for something to amuse myself. That’s how I started composing and arranging music. In Secondary 4, I composed a song for my classmate to sing in a music competition. We won a prize and the appreciation of Mr. Ronald Ng who gave me a scholarship to study for a Diploma in Music Composition and Production at his music school. He also offered me a contract to participate in the production of cantopop. Several of my works were sold to pop singers. You’re classically trained but now involved in pop music. Are you interested in crossing genres? Who is your favourite crossover composer or performer? I don’t want to miss anything when it comes to music. In addition to playing the piano, I am also a member of a choir and I play orchestral music. I don’t think there is any conflict between classical and pop music. There will be more diversity in the music circle if classical or serious music is more accessible to the general public, or if more people could appreciate different types of music. Mr. Ng Cheuk-yin is one of the local musicians I admire. He is an alumnus of the Department of Music and my teacher. This full-time composer was the founder and music director of ‘SIU2’, a fusion band. His compositions have included orchestral, chamber, choral, Chinese instrumental, music for the theatre and dance, musical, and pop. When did you decide that music would be your lifelong career? I have known for a long time ago that music is something I would never want to live without. Having been involved in pop music production, I realized this interest could also be a career. But I’m not sure how I should develop it, so I have decided to study at the Department of Music to learn more about different aspects of music before making a decision. How was your musical and other developments influenced by studying in CUHK? I had some very good teachers in the department and I enjoyed my studies thoroughly. Prof. Victor A. Vicente impressed me the most. I took his courses on Bollywood film score, music and politics, etc., and participated in his studies on musical education in prisons. It is Professor Vicente who inspired my interest in ethnomusicology and led me to pursue further studies in this area. If I did not study at CUHK, I would not have taken the path of research. What made you want to teach young inmates at the Pik Uk Correctional Institution? Ms. Nancy Loo , my piano teacher, has been teaching music at Pik Uk for over 10 years. She knew that I was familiar with pop music, so she asked me if I was interested in taking up the job. I agreed at once. I went there about once a week for two or three hours. Though these young inmates were shy when we first met, they show great diligence in learning because they are grateful for someone who comes all the way to teach them. Their progress has been astonishing! Moreover, their self- confidence and communication skills have improved. Some felt lost about the future but have now identified targets. The experience has shown me the power of music. It’s grounded and it helps people. My target is to use music to help the socially disadvantaged and as a vehicle for social advancement. What do you expect to gain from Oxford where you will pursue Master’s studies. Any plans upon graduation? I went on exchange to Yale and Columbia where I met people with distinct opinions, who were passionate and had no regrets. I hope to meet outstanding people at Oxford so that I can learn from them. I’ll continue with research after completing my studies. And, I would like to keep on composing pop songs, if possible. What are your hobbies except music? Playing badminton, watching movies and reading.

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