(IC2017 – Hong Kong)
Galison Lau is one of the most active composers in his generation in Hong Kong. He studied with Wing-fai Law, Clarence Mak, and Samuel Lo in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He also studied with Leonardo Balada and Fabien Lévy in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. US.
Mr. Lau’s compositions were performed or broadcasted in many places and events, including ACL 2013 Singapore; ISCM – ACL World Music Days 2007; Being chosen as one of the pieces from Hong Kong in the 2006 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris; the Lilian Baylis Theatre in Sadlers Wells, London; Musicarama 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, in Hong Kong; New Generation 2005, 2006, in Hong Kong.
Galison got several commissions, including Hong Kong Arts Festival 2014; Spotlight On Young Musicians Concert Series 1 in June 2011; Musicarama 2010, and 2012 by Hong Kong Composers’ Guild with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund. In 2009, Scents, for string quartet, was chosen to be the first prize of Harry Archer Memorial Scholarship. He also composed a piece for the opening of the new theater of the HKAPA in 2006.
His music was performed or read by renowned ensembles, including Munich Chamber Orchestra; Parker String Quartet; MIVOS Quartet; RTHK Quartet; Varshavsky Shapira Piano Duo; Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
As If the First Encounter
Would life be really be better if one treats everything as if the first encounter? The main focus of the poem is about faded love. Everything is past and they will not come back.
The music, both baritone and piano melodies, is based on the inflections of the poem in Cantonese, with one single change to fit with the melodic contour. The melody in piano part is much longer because of repetitions and repeated three times of the poem in different ways. To show the flexibility of Cantonese inflections, the music modulated into different keys and they still did not altered the poem (besides that one word which was being altered).