Jing Wong to record live gig

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 March, 2011, 12:00am

Indie-folk singer-songwriter Jing Wong, a familiar face in Hong Kong street music, is bringing his guitar indoors for his first concert.

The 29-year-old musician (right), who joined Anthony Wong Yiu-ming's People Mountain People Sea stable a year ago, will play original songs in English with a back-up band tomorrow night at Youth Square in Chai Wan. The performance will also be recorded live for his debut album.

'We tried recording some songs in the studio. But when we listened to the recording, something seemed to be missing; it didn't fully reflect my character,' Wong said. 'It may be because I am used to performing in the street and interacting very closely with the audience. So, we came up with the idea of doing a live album.'

Wong, a freelance set and costume designer who studied at Central Saint Martins, started writing songs about seven years ago when he was in London and ventured into street performing after his return.

'After playing music in the street for a couple of years, I've accumulated a group of fans. Performing in the street is more spontaneous. But playing music in a theatre is completely different,' he said. 'I hope my songs sound more complete with the support of a band.'