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Tools to Orchestrate: Workshop and Screening for Samson Young’s Orchestrations

Jun 5, 2016
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Connecting Space Hong Kong, G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong

Para Site is pleased to present Tools to Orchestrate, two Sundays of public programmes in conjunction with Orchestrations, a solo exhibition by Samson Young. This exhibition looks at the modalities of “orchestra-making” in the various communities of Hong Kong, and draws from Young’s understanding of the politics behind the Western musical notation system.  Orchestrations is the culmination of a year-long musicological research into the history of orchestras by Young in conversation with Para Site curator Qinyi Lim and musicologist Dr. Giorgio Biancorosso.


Workshop and Screening for Orchestrations
Jun 5, 2016 (Sun)

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Shared risks for Orchestra #1

For this group workshop, which takes a page out of Young’s artist publication Orchestrations, each participant will be provided with a bird whistle and taught to produce a birdcall using the prop. With their individual birdcalls, the participants will form a temporary collective and orchestra through the mastery and performance of their instruments – the bird whistle.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Please kindly register your participation by sending an email to connectingspace.hk@zhdk.ch

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Screening of Knowledge is the Beginning (2005), 90 min

The afternoon concludes with a screening of Emmy Award-winning documentary Knowledge is the Beginning by Paul Smaczny. This documentary tells the story of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an orchestra made up of young musicians coming from Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian and Spanish backgrounds who are brought together each summer. Founded in 1990 by Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said, the orchestra is an attempt to bring different points of view together through music making. The film chronicles five summer workshops in Weimar and Seville, as well as the concert performed in Ramallah in August, 2005.

Chosen by Young, Biancorosso and Lim, Knowledge is the Beginning is part of Connecting Space Hong Kong’s monthly screening programme, Hazy Sundays.


Orchestrations is co-presented by Para Site and Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich and is part of Draft.


Para Site is financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The content of this program does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

About Giorgio Biancorosso

Giorgio Biancorosso holds a Ph.D in Musicology from Princeton University, USA. Between 2001-2003, he was a Mellon Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Columbia University. In 2005, he took a teaching position at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he is now Associate Professor in Music. Biancorosso is a member of the Programme Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Chairman of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.