The Treachery of Images: Music Inspired by Surrealist Art





raised of US$1,282 fixed goal


on 28 November 2013

Launched: 7 Nov 2013

Funding ends: 28 Nov 2013

The Treachery of Images: Music Inspired by Surrealist Art

Imagine the salons of Paris in the 1800s; where spaces were created to be meeting grounds for progressive social and cultural discussion. A unique intellectual and social setting for people to share similar tastes and interests.

Such a space exists in Hong Kong. In late November, special soloists and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble will perform as part of its "SOUTHSITE Salon" series at its loft space in Aberdeen. We will perform music inspired by surrealist art, and also talk, eat and drink. Just like in Paris in past times…

Our space:

Some of the artwork that inspires this concert:

The concert will feature solo pianist Sophia Yan, singer Julia Tang, composer Rebekah Driscoll, and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. The concert will also feature works by fifteen composers from around the world, chosen by an international call-for-scores.

We are fundraising for this concert because ticket sales cannot cover all our costs for artist fees, concert poster design and promotion. The scale of this concert means that mainstream grants are not available to us. We need your help!

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The Treachery of Images: Music Inspired by Surrealist Art

28 November 2013
(2B, 3/F, Blue Box Industrial Building, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan)


George Antheil: La Femme 100 Têtes (after Max Ernst)
Rebekah Driscoll: La traición de las imágenes (after René Magritte)
+ new Surrealism-inspired works by fifteen composers from around the
world, facilitated by New York contemporary composers' group Vox Novus.


Sophia Yan, piano
Julia Tang, mezzo-soprano
Soloists of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble:


SOPHIA YAN has been praised by the New York Times as a performer whose “music literally pulls her off the piano bench; she ranges up and down the keyboard so quickly and with such ferocity that mere sitting will not do.”

Since major performances in Carnegie Hall at age 4, John F. Kennedy Center at age 10 and Lincoln Center at age 16, Sophia has established herself as a versatile artist, performing a wide range of repertoire within and outside of classical music. She holds a B.M. in piano performance and a B.A. in English, with honors, from Oberlin College and Conservatory with Music, and a performance diploma from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau. Sophia is also a journalist for CNNMoney, previously reporting for Time Magazine and Bloomberg.

JULIA TANG, a mezzo soprano who was born in Hong Kong. She graduated from The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College with a Master Degree in New York City. Miss Tang attended the National Opera Institute (NYC), the IIVA in Chiari (Italy), The Intermezzo Elardo Young Artist Program in Belgium and New York Lyric Opera in NYC. Her vocal teachers include Trish McCaffrey, Mark Schnaible and Rebecca De Waart. Tang's repertoire includes Cherubino and Marcellina from Le Nozze di Figaro, Sorceress from Dido and Aeneas, Eva from Comedy on the Bridge, Filipyevna from Eugene Onegin,Dunyasha from Tsar’s Bride, Maman and un Patre from L’enfant, La Suora Infermiera from Suor Angelica, Third Spirit from Die Zauberflöte, Owl fromCunning Little Vixen, and as a Soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Saint Sean’s Christmas Oratorio at Union Church of Bay Ridge. Beside Opera and Oratorio repertoires, recently Miss Tang is very interested in New Music and wanted to share it with everyone.La traición de las imágenes is the key to bring in her interested in performing more new ensemble music by living composer. 

REBEKAH DRISCOLL enjoys composing for unusual combinations of instruments and voices, exploring the connections between language and music. She often writes poetry for her vocal works or constructs a text from diverse sources; examples include the juxtaposition of six different passages by Shakespeare to illustrate themes of darkness in The Mask of Night, and quotation from speeches and letters by Susan B. Anthony to highlight the complexities of the American civil rights movements in Out of Her Place.  Originally from New Hampshire, USA, Ms. Driscoll holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York. Recently moved to Hong Kong, she spends the time when she is not composing learning Cantonese and exploring the region’s many hiking trails. Please visit for more information.

The HONG KONG NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE (HKNME) was founded in 2008 to present contemporary music to Hong Kong audiences. It has been widely praised for its innovative programming and interdisciplinary collaborations with artists from different mediums. 

The HKNME has collaborated with organisations including Zuni Icosahedron, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Osage Gallery, and often has residencies at universities in Hong Kong and greater China. It has toured to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Singapore, Hobart and Angkor Wat. 

In 2012, the HKNME co-founded SOUTHSITE, an exciting new venue for its contemporary music activities. It was also named a one-year-grantee by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 2013 it was awarded a project grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Home Affairs Bureau for organizing “The Modern Academy”.

The group’s 6th season in 2013-2014 will include concerts dedicated to Ligeti, Reich, Romitelli and Chinese composers, and appearances at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and other major arts festivals.

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