Making an Effort

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. – Igor Stravinsky

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29th November – Clockenflap Day 3

Venue : West Kowloon Cultural District

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It’s true, I said I wasn’t going on Sunday, but I did. I was contacted to help at the market stalls on the Saturday, so thought I’d help my friend out and enjoy another day of good music. This did mean that I had the market handbook to familiarise myself with, which I did, to the amusement of my friend. I even knew the next few market day dates off by heart!

With much excitement, I arrived early at Clockenflap and walked around a little and made sure my friend knew I was around. We went to watch a few acts in the early afternoon and got some food.

My friend knew I wanted to go over to watch Shaolin Fez, so we wandered over to the Harbourflap stage. Sam Ferrer, the bass player had informed me that it would be the same set that I’d seen recently, but with an added song or two. I wasn’t too fussed about that and it’s quite understandable as I’m sure trying to get rehearsal times together is quite an organisational feat when people have different jobs and therefore different schedules. Anyway, it’s always great to see them perform!

Following this we wandered off but came back to see Mama’s Gun who were fantastic. I’d never heard of or seen them before. They’re a five piece London based soul/pop/funk band, but their lead singer was actually born in Kowloon! They were fantastic; entertaining and full of energy. The keyboard player caught our eye as he reminded us of David Hasselhoff (especially the hair) – no wonder his name is  Dave ‘Eighties’ Oliver! He was really fun to watch with his expressions.

I had to go and see Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. I know they’ve been to Clockenflap before, and I really wanted to see what they would be like live. Wow – they were absolutely amazing! Super fun disco songs and brilliant musicians. Nile Rodgers did a great job introducing the songs and letting us know that songs we associate with other famous artists were actually partly written by him such as Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’, Duran Duran’s ‘Notorious’ and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’!

The last band I went to see was Blackalicious, despite New Order being on at the Harbourflap stage. My friend had me listen to probably one of their most famous songs ‘Alphabet Aerobics’ which I’d actually heard before – by Daniel Radcliffe on the Jimmy Fallon show. Unfortunately for this group, there were quite severe sound problems going on with the microphones, so when the main rapper was rapping, we could hardly hear him. The other two were trying to swap microphones with him, and even the sound team came on stage to sort out the mikes but it wasn’t working well. I’m not a Blackalicious fan, but could appreciate their skills and obviously people were loving their set despite the sound problems.

It was quite late when I left, and saw a little of New Order as I walked out. Another excellent day of seeing familiar bands and introducing myself to some new music – roll on Clockenflap 2016!!


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10th October, 2015 – Shaolin Fez at HK Classic Cars and Cyclothon

Band: Shaolin Fez

Venue: HK Classic Cars – Central Harbourfront, Cyclothon- outside HK Cultural Centre – TST

I had a busy weekend so due to being in a workshop from 10am to 5pm, I thought it would be nice in the evening to head down to HK Classic Cars to have a look and show support to the organizers who also attend my church. At the same time, I could show support to friends who have a Scandinavian food business and Shaolin Fez who were providing entertainment at 7:45pm and then the same set was played (with a slightly different line-up) a ferry ride away at the Cultural Centre later that evening at 10:15pm.

Shaolin Fez is made up of musicians in Hong Kong, some are classically trained (from Hong Kong Philharmonic), others are jazz or rock musicians. They obviously have a love for their craft and enjoy the collaboration of such a diverse group of artists.

Shaolin Fez performed a set which were mostly original songs. Several songs were from their album ‘Calm Your Storm’ and a couple of newer unrecorded (hopefully yet to be recorded) songs. They also performed a couple of covers – an Amy Winehouse song and Jamiroquai’s ‘Revolution’.

It had been raining quite heavily, so it was quite appropriate for Shaolin Fez to start their set with the title song from their album ‘Calm Your Storm’:

A favourite from the set was ‘Heroes Fall’ an original Shaolin Fez song Bond inspired. It’s a great melody and I’m not sure why it’s not on the soundtrack to the soon to be released ‘Spectre’! Here’s a little snippet of it:

The flute solo in Jamiroquai’s  Revolution was excellent over at HK Classic Cars and was replaced by a trumpet solo at Cyclothon.