Guest speaker: Frédéric Maurin
Hosts: Patrick Lui
Target audience: open public
*This programme session will be held on Zoom, registration is required for participation.
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Patrick Lui is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, and producer. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, he has performed around the world. He has been invited to perform with Taipei Jazz Orchestra in Taiwan, and Kyoto Composers Jazz Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, both times as guest conductor and pianist. His own big band, Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra, as one of the headliners of Freespace Jazz Festival 2020 hosted by West Kowloon Cultural District, collaborated with Angelita Li to perform two sold-out multi-media concerts, paying tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday.
Artistic Director, composer, electric guitar
As a guitarist reared to the sound of Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson or Frank Zappa, Frédéric Maurin quickly abandoned a career as an engineer to devote himself entirely to music, pursuing courses in jazz and classical composition in parallel.
For 14 years Frédéric has composed and conducted the repertoire of Ping Machine, a 15-piece music ensemble that is today unanimously recognized as a reference on the new jazz scene in Europe. With this ensemble, he has developed singular music coming from an abundant and diverse imagination. Ping Machine is a state-regulated ensemble — through CERNI and DRAC Île-de-France/Ministry of Culture — with the support of SACEM, SPEDIDAM, ADAMI and the Region Île-de-France.
Largely influenced by musicians and composers ranging from György Ligeti to Steve Coleman, not to mention Charles Mingus, Meshuggah and Gérard Grisey, Frédéric Maurin has always endeavoured, in the extreme precision of his music writing — which questions not only the musical language but also the forms usually employed in jazz and other improvised music — to offer works whose core preserves an energy and generosity that allow a collective dive into a parallel world.
Apart from composing, Frédéric Maurin is also a guitarist who has appeared in a number of projects as a sideman, and for many years he has chosen to work closely with collectives in order to better the conditions in which the music he champions can achieve wider recognition. Between 2011 and 2017, he was the President of the Grands Formats Federation representing artists who play music in large ensembles or formats, a Federation that today represents 86 professional orchestras and more than 1200 musicians spread throughout France and Europe. In July 2018, Frédéric Maurin has been appointed Artistic Director of the Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ) and launched his project in January 2019.