The Hearth: Into the Blue

The Hearth: Into the Blue

The Hearth: “the making of ME”

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Creativity Day

Date & Time

1 - 4 Oct, 2022 11am - 4pm

Location

JC Cube & Laundry Steps

Price

$100 deposit for workshops (01-03.10.2022)

Free for performance (04.10.2022)

General

Social distancing has inevitably disconnected people with the nature and evoked the need for private space and me-time. In this October, The Hearth presents “Into the Blue”, a music x mindfulness programme designed to transform Tai Kwun’s JC cube into a space for us to subside.

Through a series of mindfulness music workshops, you can slow down, take a deep breath, stretch your nerves and muscles, feel the aroma of tea, and immerse in the healing sound. At the end of this journey, we invite you to join in a mindfulness x jazz gathering at the Laundry Step. At this concert, guided meditation and impromptus jazz music intertwine, leading everyone to align their breath, bringing your mind and body back to the present


I. Yoga x Improv

In this workshop, participants will learn more about mind/body mindfulness through sounds and movement, with improvisation to release and express - which is the key element and spirit of jazz, as well as liberation through expressions. Participants will understand more about relaxation and how to expand their body feeling through guided meditation and Chair Yoga practice.

Remarks:  Yoga mats are available on-site for workshop participants’ usage, and all are welcome to bring their own mat if preferred. Please bring a towel or a scarf for warmth during corpse pose.

【Workshop I】
Date: 01.10.2022 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: JC Cube
Yoga Instructor: Virginia Law
Improv musician: Teriver Cheung (Guitar)
Quota: 20
Deposit: $100 (The deposit will be refunded upon attendance)

【Workshop II】
Date: 01.10.2022 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Venue: JC Cube
Yoga Instructor: Virginia Law
Improv musician: Ian Mok (Cello)
Quota: 20
Deposit: $100 (The deposit will be refunded upon attendance)

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II. Forest Therapy Guided Walk x Tea Appreciation

This forest therapy guided walk will take participants slowly and intentionally through nature in Tai Kwun.  You will be led by your Forest Guide and walk through a series of invitations. After the nature walk, you will be invited to have a Tea Ceremony with jazz improvisation music. This journey will help you slow down, connect to your senses and open your heart. You will gain a deeper connection to nature, yourself and others.

【Workshop I】
Date: 02.10.2022 (Sunday)
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: JC Cube
Forest Therapy Guide: Athena Wu
Tea Artist: Season Li
Musicians: Bowen Li (Keyboard), Alison Lau (Guzheng)
Quota: 20
Deposit: $100 (The deposit will be refunded upon attendance)

【Workshop II】
Date: 04.10.2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: JC Cube
Forest Therapy Guide: Athena Wu
Tea Artist: Season Li
Musicians: Bowen Li (Keyboard), Alison Lau (Guzheng)
Quota: 20
Deposit: $100 (The deposit will be refunded upon attendance)

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III. Sound Journey – Ocean Blue to Forest Green

Activate your body's self-healing ability through resonance of one's voice; adjust the status of your body and mind through personal chi and energy flow. With guidance and demonstration, participants can learn to develop through overtone singing and listen to different ambience instruments. Using human voices and instruments to understand the coordination of one's body and tone, discover self-healing power of frequency, and the potentials of chanting. To heal your body and to unleash your potential.

Remarks: Yoga mats are available on-site for class participants’ usage, and all are welcome to bring their own mat if preferred. Please bring a towel or a scarf for warmth during corpse pose.

Date: 03.10.2022 (Monday)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue: JC Cube
Sound Healer: Heidi Law
Quota: 20
Deposit: $100 (The deposit will be refunded upon attendance)

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IV. Into the Blue Concert

This concert will have a short guided meditation and singing bowls music followed by light jazz music tunes.

Date: 04.10.2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Performed by Virginia Law (Guided Meditation), Teriver Cheung (Guitar), Bowen Li (Keyboard), Nelson Fung (Double Bass), Samuel Chan (Drums)


Event Schedule

Date

Time

Venue

Event

01.10.2022 (Sat)

11:00am – 12:30pm

JC Cube

Yoga x Improv

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Yoga x Improv

02.10.2022 (Sun)

11:00am – 12:30pm

JC Cube

Forest Therapy Guided Walk x Tea Appreciation

03.10.2022 (Mon)

7:30pm – 9:00pm

JC Cube

Sound Journey – Ocean Blue to Forest Green

04.10.2022 (Tue)

11:00am – 12:30pm

JC Cube

Forest Therapy Guided Walk x Tea Appreciation

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Laundry Steps

Into the Blue Concert

Remark

  • All workshops will be conducted in Cantonese
  • Recommended for ages 12 and above
  • Certain workshops require physical movements. Particpants are advised to consider his/her own physical conditions before enrolling
  • Please wear comfortable sports apparel and socks that allows for easy movement.
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.
  • The event will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.

Biography

Teriver Cheung
Sheeta Ng
Virginia Law
Ian Mok
Athena Wu (Bathing in Clouds)
Bowen Li
Alison Lau
Season Li
Heidi Law
Nelson Fung
Samuel Chan

Co-curator / Guitarist

According to JazzTimes, “Teriver Cheung demonstrates an impressive command of his instrument and reveals a mature, composerly approach”. Born in Hong Kong, the award-winning Jazz guitarist and composer has frequently collaborated with musicians including Grammy Award winning artist Billy Childs, Eddie Gómez, Keita Ogawa, Eric Marienthal. 

In 2015, Cheung curated the multimedia concert Hong Kong Episodes and collaborated with various musicians including the classical music composer Fung Lam, the pianist, organist and composer Chok Kerong from Singapore. As a collaborating Jazz artist, he has performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and participate in various production in the mainstream music industry. His independent band R.O.O.T. has won the 2nd place of the Best New Artist at the 903 Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation. 

Teriver Cheung is an endorsed artist for the D’Angelico Guitars and Fender In-Ear Monitors.

Co-curator

Sheeta Ng is a cultural curator, producer, and music educator who specializes in the intersection of music and mindfulness. Her work uncovers the many ways in which art can meet larger societal needs, and generates creative possibilities through innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborations, which have become her hallmark. Over the course of her extensive career, she has curated and facilitated arts programmes for Hong Kong’s key cultural institutions including Tai Kwun, West Kowloon Cultural District, and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. An experienced and committed music educator, Sheeta was selected for the Sage Gateshead Internship in 2015 by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Home Affairs Bureau. She received her M.A. in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing Communication) degree from the University of Canberra, in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Music Therapy from HKUSPACE.

Yoga Instructor

Virginia Law’s deep passion for yoga has led her to deepen her knowledge of yoga culture and research the science behind it from its source in India. She trained at the Sivananda Ashram and Vivekananda respectively, and competed in the National and International Himalaya Yoga Olympiad in India. Virginia also completed a certificate course in yoga therapy in South India. She is deeply influenced by a teaching of her mentor, “Be the light for others, light up their lives and become a blessing to them.” In order to become the light for others, Virginia continues to share her love for yoga and pass on this message.

Cellist

Born in London, Ian Mok studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Junior Division). He later attended Harvard University and was the principal cellist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2020, Ian was co-principal cellist of the London City Orchestra and sang tenor with the London Symphony Chorus. He has been listed as a “Rising Star” at the Hong Kong Generation Next Arts Festival and has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Ian is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Music at Hong Kong Baptist University, exploring how music can be used to improve social well-being.

Forest Therapy Guide

Living on Peng Chau Island and being surrounded by the mountains and the sea, I feel deeply touched by the healing power and wisdoms of nature. Since becoming a certified guide of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programmes in 2020, I hope to help others re-connect to their own hearts through guiding different nature connection experiences.

Keyboard

Bowen Tsz Wo Li, pianist and composer, graduated in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Actively performing and collaborating with musicians and art groups in Hong Kong since 2018, such as Chung Ying Theatre, Wuji Ensemble, Teriver Cheung, Film Director Tsai Ming Liang. He also played at music festivals such as Jazz Gala ‘The Legends and Beyond 2019’, Freespace Jazz Festival 2019 and Festival Hong Kong 2019 -- A Cultural Extravaganza in Shanghai.

Guzheng

Lau started to learn Zheng since eleven and has been taught by Chun Yee-fung. In the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, she has won the champion in advanced section. She was admitted into the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in year 2008. Following Xu Ling-zi majoring in Zheng, Zhao Tai-sheng minoring in San-xian and Sze Ying-lam minoring in harp. Lau was awarded the degree of master of music in 2015.

Lau obtained the HSBC Scholarship, which allowed her to further her education with Suen Wen-yian of the to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She has also obtained the Scholarship from the Society of the Academy for Performing Arts (SAPA). Lau won the APA Concerto Competition twice with the piece “The Moment is but Momentary” (Richard Tsang), "The Eternal Sorrow in Lin-an"(He Zhan-hao). She obtained the Performance Prize of the Han Ya Cup Zheng's traditional genre and styles Competition(2013,2016). She obtained the Gold Prize in the Youth (Professional) section of the Third International Zheng Contest.

Lau is now participating in the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as freelance musician as well as the Zheng principal and score libarian of the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, member of the Hong Kong Taoist Orchestra and music supervisor of Miu Yiu Zheng Ensemble.

Tea Artist

Li Tin-on (Season Li) is a young Tea Artist base in Hong Kong. He also plays the roles of Tea Master, Tea Taster, Tea Instructor, Tea Event planner & Tea Culture worker. Previously, he worked as a Designer and Rock concerts planner. Later, in order to relieve the work pressure, he began to learn Chinese Tea art & Japanese Tea ceremony. Since 2014, he has worked in different Tea houses and Tea companies. Afterwards, he successively obtained the qualifications of professional Tea Master & Tea Taster. 

He believes that Tea can be a good Mindfulness practice. He determined to promote contemporary Tea culture to the public. Coupled with his creative aesthetic background, he hopes to break the stereotype of Tea art of the society. From 2017, he began to develop his personal Tea business in the name of poetéa, aim to promote Mindfulness Tea to the community. In addition to hosting Mindfulness Tea workshops, he also created Crossover projects with different sectors. E.g. Tea X Music, Tea X Butoh, Tea X Mindfulness Floral art, Tea X Coffee, Tea X Sake, Tea X Multimedia art, etc. 

In recent years, he has been actively out of Hong Kong and invited to serve Tea in the Mainland, Taiwan, Japan. He has also invited with some personal interviews from mass media.  The RTHK invited to shoot a relaxing film about Tea learning in Wuyi Mountain, Fujian, other media interviews include Apple Daily, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Hong Kong 01, etc. Durning coronavirus, he believes that the demand for decompression in society is increasing. In response to this, he joined the shooting of relaxing short film for RTHK and co organized the online Mindfulness Tea workshops with Social Welfare Organizations.

Sound Healer

Born in Hong Kong, Heidi Law was awarded scholarships for graduate studies at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where she acquired a Master of Music in Percussion Performance. She is also a graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Music. 

As a local multi-faceted percussionist, she has performed with artists, musicians and groups across a wide spectrum of genres; she also performs as a singer in contemporary art settings and as chorus in Pop concerts. Law gave her debut multimedia concert 怎麼了?in 2012; followed by project support by HKADC emerging artists grant More than a Concert: Give yourself YOU in 2013. In 2015, she initiated multimedia concert Dialogue of Trees, Hong Kong - Norway in collaboration with New Media Artist Vvzela Kook and Norwegian Duo DonkeyJam, the project was staged in Hong Kong Nov 2015, and toured in Norway Mar 2017. Law has also developed interests in sound art works and music design in theatre setting, including her recent work "Lantau Today" for 02022020.space.

As a passionate educator, Heidi is the co-director and co-founder of Happy Music Academy in Happy Valley Hong Kong, as well as Soundness Studio in Causeway Bay Hong Kong. Law served as percussion teacher at institutes including St. Paul's Co-Educational College Primary School and Ying Wah Primary School, St. Stephen's Girl's College and the Music Office. She is also a committee of the Percussive Arts Society (Hong Kong Chapter).

Heidi is passionate about sound healing, energy healing and a wide range of mindfulness practices, she is keen on cultivating her knowledge and experience as sound and energy healing practitioner. Heidi is devoted to Sound Healing, she is a Sound Healing Practitioner trained by The College of Sound Healing (UK), she also practice sound healing with singing bowls and mantra-chanting under the tutelage of Dr. Buathon Thienarrom. Law is a Reiki practitioner with Usui Reiki Master Level and Karuna Reiki Master Level, she is also a Certified Meditation Teacher. Apart from private sound and energy healing sessions, Heidi is often invited to give Sound Healing Workshops and Group Sound Healing Sessions for corporates and general public, including Sound Healing Workshop presented by Junior Chamber International Tai Ping Shan for staff members of Chow Tai Fook; Sound Healing Hearts workshop with Healing Arts Festival 2021; Unison Heart Healing Co-hosted with Vicky Fung by Social Gathering Music Camp at Tai Kwun by Every Life is a Song. In 2021, along with a community of therapists, artists and healers, Heidi is hosting a healing space for women - Healing Arts Club. 

Double Bass

Nelson Fung is a local classical and jazz double bassist who actively performs and participates in different jazz ensembles, big bands and classical orchestras. He started receiving classical double bass training at the LCSD Music Office at 12. He had played in various orchestras including the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra (HKYSO). He had also played in KongU Big Band under conductor Taka Hirohama.

He is the co-founder and double bassist of a young jazz ensemble - Rootless Voyagers and has been invited to play at various venues and events including West Kowloon Cultural District’s Freespace Jazz Fest 2020 and Jazz Marathon 2019 presented by LCSD and Jazz Up.

Recently, Nelson has been playing with singer-songwriter Olivier Cong in different programmes including “The Interpretation of Milou's Dream”, an online concert in partnership with Clockenflap Music, and a cross-media live performance “In Sync: Music in Motion'' presented by WKCD. Nelson is also a member of Freespace Ensemble, a new group-in-residence at Freespace.

Drums

Samuel Chan was the first graduate with a jazz music major from the Hong Kong Education University, where he studied under Ted Lo.  He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Collective School of Music in New York, where his teachers included world class drummers Peter Retzlaff, Ian Froman, Chris Coleman, Kendrick Scott, Mike Mitchell et al.  While he was studying overseas, he also benefitted from the live show and studio experiences with renowned American jazz artists Theo Hill, Sean Conly, Isamu McGregor, Sebastian Noelle and Ole Mathisen.  On returning to Hong Kong in 2016, Chan has become one of the most active drummers on the local jazz scene.  He is often invited to perform with Eugene Pao and Ted Lo in live shows and is widely acclaimed.


About The Hearth

We believe everything in life can be an inspiration of arts, and everyone can unlock their artistic potential through participation and appreciation. By bringing people together to share a time and a space, performing arts can create bonding and memories that are unique and relevant to those on and off the stage.

“All You Can Art” is a new monthly thematic programme to explore how performing arts can connect people from different communities and create synergy. By integrating music, dance, theatre, films, literature and more, each monthly programme is designed to look into how performing arts can nurture creativity, establish identity and care for wellbeing. These programmes are curated and led by creative and academic professionals across various sectors, presented in a range of performances, workshops, screenings, games, talks and more to encourage participation, evoke thinking and stimulate discussion around topics that concern us.