Kung Chi Shing
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kung Chi Shing is a composer, performer and music activist. Kung studied classical music and composition in the United States with Allen Trubitt and George Crumb. He is known particularly for his work in the music and performance group ‘The Box’, which he founded with Peter Suart in 1987, and since 2009 as founder and curator of the ‘Street Music Series’ of free public concerts in Hong Kong.
In his compositions and performances, Kung focuses on experimentation with different formats, including pop, classical and improvisational music, and theatre art. Since 1996 he has created, composed and staged six full-length music theatre pieces: ‘Destiny Travels Limited’, ‘The Floating Bridge’, ‘City Inside a Broken Sky’, ‘M Garden’, ‘City Inside a Broken Sky II’ and ‘Minamata: A Requiem’.
He has collaborated frequently with choreographers, directors and theatre artists, and has performed his music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Cuba, Tashkent, New York, London, Berlin and Venice. Kung’s solo recordings on CD include Destiny Travels Limited and Bluesilence/Fishdreams, while his recordings with The Box include the compilations BOX: GO HOME, The Box: Full Fathon Five and the special 20th anniversary set The Box Book.
In March 2008, Kung set up the Kung Music Workshop to discover and nurture new music talents and to bring music to new audiences outside of established formats, venues and channels. In May 2009, Kung started to organize free outdoor concerts and has since curated more than 90 concerts in various locations with great success.
May, 2009 to present – the monthly free street concert series outside Hong Kong Arts Centre [co-presented with Hong Kong Arts Centre]
May, 2012 to present – the monthly free Blue House concert series [co-presented with Hong Kong House of Stories]
December, 2012 – 2-day free outdoor concert at West Kowloon Cultural District’s ‘Freespace Fest’
In November 2013, Kung Music Workshop will launch ‘NowHere Arts’:
‘NowHere’ means everywhere.
Existing outside the parameters of traditional art venues, ‘NowHere Arts’ is an ongoing, mobile series of smaller-scale, innovative art events, including everything from experimental music concerts, cross-disciplinary theatre performances, and exhibitions to lectures, dialogues, and dj parties, that take place in alternative spaces throughout the city. Founded by musician/composer/music activist Kung Chi Shing, ‘NowHere Arts’ collaborates with artists, musicians and audiences to re-imagine and create fresh new platforms for experimentation, encounter and dialogue that can spring up anywhere in the city, crossing the intersections between art and life.