Feel the beat at The Peak

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 March, 2007, 12:00am

For a novel experience at The Peak, head up there next Sunday at 3pm for a one-hour percussion session called the Sunday Family Comfy Concert Series At The Peak Galleria.

The Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation has invited a group of eight young percussionists to perform for the visitors to The Peak.

They successfully performed on March 11 to a diverse group of tourists and families of different nationalities. And the response was good.

They are all students of Four Gig Heads, a local percussion group that consists of four male percussionists - Ahtung, Ho Yi-on, Angus Fu and Luk Kin-Bun - who are graduates of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

The quartet studied Chinese percussion under Yim Hok-man, a famous percussionist with the Hong Kong Chinese orchestra.

Money Chak Yuet-man is one of the eight performers. She has been learning Chinese and western percussion since she was in Form Three.

'For our first performance [at The Peak], we only practised our songs for a day, because we had played the same songs for six days in Ocean Park as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations at the end of February.

'We played 12 shows at the park, so all the songs had been etched in our brains,' said the Form Six student at Yan Chai Hospital Lan Chi Pat Memorial Secondary School.

'A lot of people stopped to watch us. There were primary school students, families, residents from The Peak, tourists and group of children from a special needs school,' Money said.

'About 20 onlookers joined in, including little children and westerners.'

The aim of the performance is to promote both eastern and western percussion music to the public.

The performers composed and arranged their percussion music themselves, using drums, a xylophone and triangles as the main instruments.

'During the hour we play, we will be encouraging and teaching the public to jam with us.

'We want to teach people how to feel the rhythm.

'We will be providing drums and musical shakers for the public to use. Shakers are easy to use and easy for us to teach, so we hope a lot of young people will join in,' Money said.

Admission is free, and the event is suitable for all ages.

The programme will start with Chinese percussion numbers, move on to Turkish tunes, and finish with Brazilian samba music.

Sunday Family Comfy Concert Series at The Peak Galleria will take place on the viewing terrace from 3-4pm on March 25.

For more information, call 2877 2656 or visit www.hkyaf.com