HKartsFestival@TaiKwun

Harmonica Heroes

HKartsFestival@TaiKwun

Glasshouse (A new HKAF commission)

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Stillness (A new HKAF commission)

Harmonica Heroes

The Island Whispers …

The Wolf Pack

Date & Time

12 - 20 Feb, 2022 12, 13, 19, 20.02.2022│11:30am

Location

Laundry Steps

Price

Free of charge

Overview

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HKartsFestival@TaiKwun is part of the 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival

Solely sponsored by

In Harmonica Heroes, harmonica world champion Cy Leo will be performing outdoor with over a hundred cross-generation harmonicists, including veteran educators, award-winning harmonicists and emerging young talents in Hong Kong. The concert features classical, folk, blues and jazz pieces, as well as beloved Cantopop tunes. Harmonica musicians come together as a community to perform, to celebrate and share their stories and the harmonica culture of Hong Kong.

Hosted by professional radio DJ Mali, the concert will also accompanied by projections of historical photos and visualize how Hong Kong come to be one of the most developed harmonica cities in the world with generations of world class harmonica stars.

Curator: Cy Leo
MC: Mali

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Biography

Cy Leo
Mali (Maria Tang)

Cy Leo (Ho Cheuk-yin) is a chromatic harmonica virtuoso, composer and singer-song writer.  He began his classical harmonica training at the age of six under Lee Sheung-ching and Watani Yasuo, and his talent in the harmonica has given him widespread international recognition and success ever since.

Under the influence of his father, Ho Pak-cheong, founder of the Hong Kong Harmonica Association and King’s Harmonica Quintet, Cy Leo began a brilliant career in music and won his first international award as a harmonica soloist at the age of ten at the Asia-Pacific Harmonica Festival.  By the age of 19, he had garnered 17 international titles, including Solo World Champion twice at the World Harmonica Festival 2009 and 2013.  He has also appeared as guest performer, instructor and adjudicator at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Seoul International Harmonica Festival, Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival, Swiss Harpers Gala Concert and Norwegian Harmonica Festival.  In addition, he was invited to compose the test piece for the Solo Chromatic Category in the World Harmonica Festival 2017.

Upon graduating from the Polytechnic University in 2016, Cy Leo began his full-time music career.  He actively participated in different music and cultural activities, such as Clockenflap 2016, and performed as a representative artist from Hong Kong in over ten cities, including Chengdu, London, Singapore, Bangkok and Kazakhstan.  In 2018, he was invited to perform at one of the world’s biggest music events, the NAMM Show in California.  He is also active in local entertainment and business sectors, having collaborated with many prominent Hong Kong artists such as Joey Yung, Sandy Lam, Lowell Lo, Hacken Lee, Leo Ku and Louis Koo; recording for film and television scores; writing music for TV commercials; and appearing regularly as headline harmonica soloist on various international cruise lines that toured over 40 cities.

Cy Leo held his first solo concert Lost In Time in 2018, which attracted an audience total of over a thousand for the three shows.  It was followed by the release of his first solo album, distributed worldwide under the Universal Music label.  In 2021, Leo was awarded a full scholarship from Hong Kong Jockey Club Music And Dance Fund to study at New York University master program of Jazz Performance. He is currently the international endorser of Kepler.

Mali is a radio host who has started body, mind and spiritual work in recent years. With Sun in Pisces and Ascendant in Gemini, she is fond of gaining knowledge that fills one with vibrancy, as well as all good stuff that makes one want to move the body – such as everything beautiful, and music.