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BAUHAUS Magic Flute
Written by Cedric Chan, assistant artistic director of Zuni Icosahedron. First published on Hong Kong Economic Journal Bloggers
The five senses in the melody
Eman Lam and Yat Po Singers are the singers in BAUHAUS Magic Flute. They are excellent singers with exquisite singing techniques to sing the wide range of notes in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. More impressive is that they are very sensitive to words and language and strong in analysis and performance. Especially in our mother tongue, Cantonese, and English which we learnt from a young age, they can not only sing a story with their voice, but even sing out the ambience of some simple words by using different vocal resonance and contrasting the consonants and vowels of the words. As you listen, you can see the shapes, feel the colours, touch the materials, and be in all kinds of spaces.
In Space Song, arranged by Edgar Hung, how could we illustrate a space with a song? Mathias Woo, the director, gave us the word “light” as the song’s subtitle – with light, we see different spaces. At the same time, the distance and direction of sounds let us sense the surroundings. Edgar arranged the prince’s Aria into a quartet for a Capella. The surround sound system at the theatre unleashes Yat Po Singers’ a capella music. The word “light”, together with the multi-layer surround sound system, creates the spaciousness of different environments. This scene must be watched live.
Wrtten by Cedric Chan (Assistant artistic director of Zuni Icosahedron, actor/ singer/ composer/ lyricist)
First published on Hong Kong Economic Journal Bloggers