This is a cinema concert featuring best-known French films and the local jazz icon Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra. Carefully selected French film theme music will be re-arranged in the format of jazz big band. These beautiful melodies, although originally did not sound like jazz, but somehow they were all related to jazz. Winner of the Oscar Film Original Music Award, Michel Legrand is the composer of “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, “Summer of 42” , “The Young Girls of Rochefort “and “The Thomas Crown Affair”, he also performed as a jazz pianist in different occasions and rearranged a lot of his film music into jazz. Other music from the films such as Martial Solal’s “Breathless” and Mile Davis’ “Elevator to the Gallows” obviously created the everlasting jazz film music in history and are not to be missed.
The guest singer Talie Monin, accompanied by Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra, will sing some of the classic theme songs, while scene after scene of those beautiful movies are being project on stage, bringing both cinema fans and music fans on an enjoyable multi-media journey.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud)
Summer of 42
The Big Blue
The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les demoiselles de Rochefort)
The Thomas Crown Affair
* The performance will last for 60 minutes with no intermission
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Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra
Guest singer: Talie Monin
Curator & Show director: Icy Lai
Footage: Chan Hau Chun
Patrick Lui is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, and producer. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, he has performed around the world including cities of New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Taipei, and Osaka. He was the winner of the Taichung Jazz Piano Competition, a semi-finalist at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition, and has appeared in different music festivals such as EUROPAfest, Taichung Jazz Festival, JENerations Jazz Festival (USA), Kanazawa Street Jazz, Clockenflap, and Freespace Jazz Festival among others. An active composer, Patrick contributed to the score for three feature films (The Bounty, This Is Not What I Expected, and Chasing The Dragon), and has also composed music for television programs and theatrical works for Radio & Television Hong Kong and Hong Kong Dance Company. Venturing into music other than jazz, he received a full scholarship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and is pursuing his Master’s degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, furthering his studies in traditional and electronic music. In the pop music field, he is a frequent collaborator with RubberBand, and their works together have received wide acclaim. The album Easy, which they co-produced in 2012, was awarded the prestigious ‘Album of The Year’ by Commercial Radio Hong Kong. They have also won ‘Best Performance by a Band’ two times at the CASH Golden Sail Music Awards. In 2020, Patrick again co-produced and arranged for RubberBand’s album i, which featured his big band arrangements. Patrick also served as the pianist for Hong Kong’s foremost artist Eason Chan’s worldwide tour ‘Eason Says C’mon In’. Patrick performs his compositions with his own big band as well as others abroad: he has been invited to perform with Taipei Jazz Orchestra at the Chiayi City International Band Festival 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, appeared as the opening act for the 2019 Hong Kong Jazz Marathon with Will Vinson as special guest. As one of the headliners of Freespace Jazz Festival 2020 hosted by West Kowloon Cultural District, Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra collaborated with Angelita Li to perform two sold-out and critically acclaimed multi-media concerts, paying tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday. On the international front, the orchestra was invited by the Jazz Education Network in the US to perform at their 2021 annual conference. Patrick’s debut big band album, Sonder, was released in 2020. The album was recorded in New York City at the renowned Systems Two Recording Studio. The band consisted of all New York-based jazz musicians, featuring Alex Sipiagin on two songs. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by two-time Grammy award winner Mike Marciano, and distributed by Sony music.
A standout vocalist since her earliest days growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, Talie Monin, (Nqobile Mchunu in her native Zulu) won numerous local singing contests and was deeply inspired by the contemporary jazz music her parents, aunts and uncles surrounded her with. In 2018 , Talie was invited to give a special spotlight performance at the Imbokodo Jazz Festival in Durban, South Africa, where she was the only performer to receive a standing ovation. More recently Talie Monin gave a sensational command performance at the Nelson Mandela 100th Centennary Celebrations held in Beijing, China. She also headlined at the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival in October 2018. She is set to release her debut album ’24 Strathay’ at the end of 2018. The songs on this project reflect both her deep African musical roots and her longstanding love for the Great American Songbook and contemporary jazz.