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香港口琴協會

Hong Kong Harmonica Association

香港口琴協會簡介

香港口琴協會於2002年初在香港特別行政區正式成立,根據「公司條例」(香港法例第三十二章)註冊為一無股本的擔保有限公司,並根據「稅務條例」(香港法例第一一二章) 於同年七月十五日獲准為一法定慈善團體。協會致力推廣、發展及提升香港口琴表演藝術,並與世界各地口琴及音樂組織聯繫來往,以促進國際文化交流。

協會之主要架構為理事會,現有十一位理事,分別來自不同的口琴團體或獨立人士,務求集思廣益,令協會在口琴藝術發展上取得更有效之成果。創會會長為何百昌醫生、副會長關文豪先生;兩位榮譽音樂顧問為李尚澄先生及何頡勳先生。協會又邀請到香港著名作曲家許翔威先生及梅廣釗先生出任榮譽駐會作曲家,致力推廣原創口琴音樂。協會之互聯網站於2002年6月開始啟用, 網址為: http://www.hkharmonica.org。

由創會至今,協會已籌劃過一個大型音樂會,八個由海外口琴名家,包括日本和谷泰扶先生、中國廣西楊敬民先生、台灣李孝明先生及茱蒂口琴樂團、以色列艾德勒三重奏、美國羅拔邦菲利奧先生、馬來西亞張雅誥先生、日本齋藤壽孝先生及美國艾特葉平先生等主持之口琴大師班,內容涵蓋半音階、複音、和弦、十孔藍調口琴及口琴三重奏之演奏技巧,及口琴維修的工作坊,參與口琴樂迷超過一千八百人次,大大提昇本地口琴演奏及欣賞水平。與此同時,又獲邀參與各公開及慈善演出合共二十九次,和協助三個推廣口琴之電視節目製作,分別為無線電視台之「香港做得到」、「星期二檔案」及香港電台電視部製作之「樂滿童心中國情」,收看觀眾人數以百萬計。零四年協會又與香港電台第四台合力製作六輯口琴教育節目,作為第五屆亞太口琴節序幕,並重新建立與聽衆樂迷之空中渠道。

此外,協會在大型國際口琴活動上,亦取得驕人成績,為人津津樂道。2002年7月30日至8月4日,協會在馮瑞贊先生統籌下率領一行64人代表團參與在日本口琴之鄉厚木市舉行之2002年第四屆亞太口琴大賽。其中四十九位精英團員參加了八個組別共三十五個項目,破紀錄地取得六金、十一銀、十三銅共三十個獎項。當中在大合奏、二重奏和自由風格組別中更取得最高榮譽之「厚木市市長獎」,整體成績僅次於東道主。當中可喜的是獲獎團員大都是年青一輩,也正好反映到香港口琴界之未來力量及希望。自有國際口琴比賽以來,香港口琴樂手首次以香港代表的身份,與亞洲各國高手競藝,並揚威海外。能夠在世界口琴演藝水平最高之日本,在過千位競賽選手中,突圍而出,殊不容易。一如台灣富代表性之「口琴家雜誌」於節後評論:「香港的半音階口琴水平更是進步驚人...」,可見一斑。

協會之另一成就乃於2003年10月3日至5日期間與康樂及文化事務署合辦香港有史以來第一屆香港口琴節。在籌委會主席劉振邦先生、大會副主席駱英棋先生及一群辛勞三年多之籌委會成員及台前幕後工作人員的努力奮鬥下,為口琴創出新的一頁。維期兩日半的口琴嘉年華包括大型的揭幕及閉幕典禮表演、由艾德勒三重奏及羅拔邦菲利奧演出的揭幕音樂會、九項公開口琴比賽、研討會、大師班、香港口琴歷史展覽以及連續兩日馬拉松式的開放式舞台表演,吸引了超過六千位公眾人士、一百九十多位參賽者及約五十名海外口琴愛好者參與。

協會成立至今,舉辦之活動屢次獲選為香港電台第四台舉辦之十大樂聞,2002年第四屆亞太口琴大賽取得之驕人成績,更居2003年十大樂聞之首,使口琴文化進一步受到香港音樂界之認同和尊重。

協會於2004年8月3至9日在香港文化中心及元朗劇院舉行2004年第五屆亞太口琴節。口琴節由香港口琴協會與香港特別行政區康樂及文化事務署及英皇口琴五重奏合辦,而整項盛事亦得到香港藝術發展局、香港青年協會、通利琴行及香港電台第四台之全力支持,逾一千七百名來自亞洲及世界二十多個地區之口琴高手,雲集香江,大顯身手。

亞太口琴節內容包羅萬有:包括十五項亞太地區最高水平之口琴大賽,四場主題音樂會,演奏亞洲各地的民族音樂、爵士音樂及古典音樂,十二個由國際口琴大師主持之技術講座,三場專題探討關於口琴教育、口琴音樂創作及口琴設計之公開論壇,探討口琴發展的未來路向,五天連續不斷之開放式舞台表演,形形色色之口琴及有關產品展銷,更有亞洲破天荒首次從德國世界口琴故鄉特勞辛根,遠渡運來之口琴博物館大型展覽,再加上資料詳盡之香港及亞洲口琴發展史及資料展覽,使之成為歷史上最大型之國際口琴活動。大會之揭幕典禮上,香港口琴協會組成一百二十人之口琴大樂團,演奏四套由香港著名作曲家許翔威先生、梅廣釗先生及陳錦標博士之大型口琴委約創作,更邀請海外嘉賓及口琴團體助興。閉幕禮上之千人口琴大合奏,亦掀起另一高潮。估計整個口琴節期間,共有超過三萬巿民參與。

The Hong Kong Harmonica Association was established in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in early 2002 in accordance with the Company Ordinance (Chapter 32 of the Laws of Hong Kong) as a company limited by guarantee, and was granted the status of charitable institution on 15 July 2002 according to the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Chapter 112 of the Laws of Hong Kong). The objectives of the Association are to promote, develop, and advance the art of harmonica playing and performance in Hong Kong and elsewhere. The Association maintains linkage and representation in interaction with other international harmonica bodies through active participation and organization work and hence promotes international cultural exchange with focus on harmonica music.

 

The main structure of the Association is a board of directors, currently consisted of 11 members from different harmonica organizations and individuals, with the goal of gathering the best experiences among them to facilitate the development of harmonica. The Founding Chairman is Dr. Ho Pak-cheong. The Vice-Chairman is Johnny Kuan. Mr. Lee Sheung-ching and Mr. Ho Kit-fun are appointed Honorary Music Directors. In addition, renowned Hong Kong composers Mr. Hui Cheung-wai and Mr. Mui Kwong-chiu are appointed Hononary Composers in Residence to strengthen the promotion of original compositions for harmonica. The website of the Association was put in place since June 2002. The address is http://www.hkharmonica.org.

Since its establishment, the Association has organized one large-scale concert and 8 master classes on performing skills of chromatic, tremolo, chord, 10-hole blues harmonicas, harmonica trio and workshops on harmonica maintenance, hosted by masters like Mr. Yasuo Watani from Japan, Mr. Yang Jing-min from Guangxi, China, Mr. Lee Hsiao-ming and Judy's Harmonica Ensemble from Taiwan, Adler Trio from Israel, Mr. Robert Bonfiglio from USA, Mr. Chang Ah-kow from Malaysia, Mr. Juko Saito from Japan and Mr. Rick Epping from USA, with a total audience of over 1800. These events have greatly escalated the local level of harmonica playing and appreciation. During the same period, the Association has been invited for a total of 29 public performances, some of them are charitable in nature, and has contributed to the production of 3 television programs of TVB and RTHK on promoting harmonica, attracting millions of viewers. In 2004, the Association collaborated with RTHK Radio 4 to produce 6 episodes of educational programs, which served as a prelude to the 5th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival and re-established the channel with the audience on air.

The Association has also gained glamorous achievements and reputation in the scene of international harmonica events. During 30 July to 4 August 2002, a delegation of 64 people, led by Mr. Ricky Fung, participated in the 4th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival held in Atsugi, the hometown of harmonica in Japan. 49 elite members made 35 entries in 8 categories and grabbed a record-breaking total of 30 awards: 6 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze, and achieved the highest awards "Atsugi Mayor's Prize" in the orchestra, duo and free-style categories, ranking Hong Kong just behind the host country in the overall results. Particularly encouraging is the fact that most prize-winners are at their youth, indicating the forthcoming forces of the harmonica community in Hong Kong. Since the advent of international harmonica competitions, this is the first time that local harmonica players compete as official representatives of Hong Kong against more than 1,000 distinguished players from various Asian countries and make a name for Hong Kong. The accomplishment cannot be understated as it was achieved in Japan, one of the most advanced countries in harmonica development. This view is supported by the commentary of a Taiwan harmonica magazine, "the advancement of Hong Kong in chromatic harmonica is astounding..."

Another attainment of the Association is the organization of the first-ever Hong Kong Harmonica Festival during 3 ??5 October 2003 together with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Under the leadership of Mr. Lau Chun-bong, the chairman of the organizing committee and Mr. Rocky Lok, the vice-chairman of the organizing committee, and with over 3 years of industrious efforts of the organizing committee members, they made a mark in history. The 2-1/2-day harmonica gala comprises grand opening and closing ceremonies, a concert by Adler Trio and Robert Bonfiglio, 9 categories of competition, seminars, master classes, exhibition on Hong Kong harmonica history, and 2 days of marathon open stage performances, attracting a total audience of 6,000, more than 190 competitors and about 50 overseas participants.

The activities of the Association have more than once become one of the Top Ten Music Highlights, an annual ballot organized by RTHK Radio 4. The achievements in the 4th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2002 have even come first in the Top Ten. The recognition and respect of harmonica in the local music community is thus reinforced.

The 5th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival was held from 3 to 9 August 2004 in Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Yuen Long Theatre. The Festival is jointly organized by the Association, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, and the King?䏭 Harmonica Quintet. This grand event is also supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Tom Lee Music Company, and Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4. More than 1,700 harmonica players from over 20 places in Asia and elsewhere in the World gathered in Hong Kong to show their best to their peers.

The Festival boasts a variety of programmes: 15 categories of competition at the highest level within the Asia Pacific region, 4 concerts of different themes of Asian folk music, jazz music and classical music, 12 seminars hosted by world-class harmonica masters, 3 forward-looking forums focusing on harmonica education, composition of harmonica music and design of harmonicas, 5 continuous days of open stage performances, sales of various harmonicas and related merchandises, the Harmonica Museum in Trossingen the world hometown of harmonica brought to Asia for the first time, and exhibition on the history and development of harmonica in Asia and Hong Kong. All these make up the most grandiose harmonica events in history. In the opening ceremony, the 120-people harmonica orchestra, organized by the Association, performed four pieces of commissioned works composed by famous Hong Kong composers Mr. Hui Cheung-wai, Mr. Mui Kwong-chiu and Dr. Joshua Chan. Overseas guests and delegations were invited to contribute their performances as well. Equally heightening is the playing together of some 1,000 festival participants in the closing ceremony. It is estimated that there have been over 30,000 people participating throughout the festival.