MUSIC – City Lines: 9 Maps, Cleen and Louise Joachimowski Live

Head to the Fringe Club tomorrow (Friday) night,  for an evening of great female vocalists and electroacoustic experimentation! Three Hong Kong acts “will draw our city’s contours in notes, lyrics and glitches, yarning on the poetry of hidden corners and sudden encounters.” Tickets are HK$100 in advance from [email protected] or HK$130 at the door.

Blog favourites 9 Maps are headlining with rumours they may be debuting new material from their next album.

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9 Maps are Sherin (vox, keys & guitar), Ciosa (vox, guitar, & ukelele), and the indie folk alchemy that they’ve crafted. Often referred to as Hong Kong’s “Harbour Folk” scene, they’ve been likened to the Western indie-folk generation including Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and Feist. Their songs have seen Tom Lee and ‘Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong’ awards for song writing, a feature on Music Services Asia’s ‘Best of South East Asian Indie’ compilation CD, and a spot at the Music Matters 2012 conference in Singapore. 

They were marked out by Time Out magazine’s ‘Shining Lights’ feature as the local band to watch in 2011, and by CNNgo as one of the ‘Best Hong Kong bands to rock out with’… Opening for international acts in HK such as Elbow (UK), Metronomy (UK), The Naked and Famous (NZ), Lenka (AUS), and the Jezebels (AUS); touring for music festivals around Asia such as Uptothesky (SG), Rrrecfest (ID), and Urbanscapes (MY), and performing at HK’s Clockenflap in 2011 and 2012; 9 Maps flourish on the largest as well as most intimate of stages… Their debut album, ‘High Incline’ was released in Spring 2012 under Untitled Records, and they’d delight in you staying tuned.

HK-based Filipino singer Aileen Alonzo and Claudio Canzonetta, a China-based Italian producer formed Cleen, a multi-media project also playing tomorrow evening…

Cleen’s  music is an attempt to marry acoustic instruments like cello, trumpet, but even Chinese traditional instruments like pipa and er-hu, with the sounds of computers, glitches and deep bass. Unusual soundscapes and textures are created as a background for the narration of Aileen’s lyrics, delivered on haunting melodies by the talented and experienced singer. 
cleen’s live show is always surprising as it changes over time, involving different guest acoustic musicians on each appearance. Songs are re-arranged to allow for new contributions by several Hong Kong artists, so to be rendered in often unexpected ways. If cleen’s recordings are more ambient and atmospheric, their live execution is at times more aggressive, ranging very diverse sonorities and integrating live improvisations, besides stunning live visual performance by Darren Hayward, cleen’s third permanent member. 

Aileen Alonzo is an established singer and radio host in Hong Kong, she sings solo in several lounge and acoustic music venues or with other musical outfits (Dark Himaya, Tranquil Wednesdays). 
Claudio Canzonetta has been producing electronic music for many years in different set ups (Violent Jokes, Sushi Robot), participating in many Asian festivals (Clockenflap, Spring Scream, Rockit) and opening for djs and crews of international caliber (Roni Size, Magnetic Soul, Kongkrete Bass).

Opening the concert will be the talented Louise Joachimowski

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Louise Joachimowski is a singer and songwriter who constantly draws her listeners in to see their worlds in a different way. Born in London, England, Louise has been a ‘songwriter’ for as long as she can remember; starting with the simplest of poems and melodies as a child, she started collaborating at the age of 9 and recorded her first songs during high school. Taking every opportunity to perform as a teenager, Louise quickly established her style and artistic voice, and knew that music was the line she would pursue.

After high school, Louise studied songwriting in Sydney, Australia and completed her debut album, ISFP: The Peacemaker. Since then, along with her husband Micha?, she has travelled and performed in the Philippines, teaching a children’s choir and is now writing music for short films and documentaries.

Louise is also working on material for her second album The Traveller, drawing on experiences from the journeys she has been on and the different worlds she las lived in. Her music with its warm vocals and jazzy tones refreshes and inspires, broadening horizons as each track unfolds.

The evening will also star Adam Leung: virtuoso guitarist and versatile multi-instrumentalist, one of the founders of the Brown Note Collective. And Winnie Lau: violinist from popular Hong Kong bands Noughts & Exes and Modern Children.


Art work for the event was created by Julianne Yang...

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