ABOUT

Leung Kei-cheuk aka GayBird is a multidisciplinary artist, composer and electronic musician who explores the realms of sound through exquisitely created performances (experiences) and installations (sculptures). 

He was graduated with master degrees in creative media from Hong Kong City University (MPhil) and music composition and electro-acoustic music from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (MA). GayBird’s prolific career in the music world is reflected by his versatile roles as music director, composer and producer with several hundreds of works in music, concert and theatre produced since 1996. 

 

In 2011, GayBird started to examine the formats of performing electronic music and widen its possibilities in relation to ‘performativity’ and ‘liveliness on stage’ by creating Digital Hug (2011) and CouCou on Mars (2013) which were granted Bronze Award for new media experiment/performance in Hong Kong Design Award 2011, Best Electronic Music Artist in Chinese Music Media Awards 2012 and 2014, as well as Ten Outstanding Designers 2014. Both works were toured in major festivals worldwide. 

 

GayBird went on to explore the interrelationship between theatre space, media installation, surround-sound system, video and live music by delivering two commissioned works, One Zero presented by Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival in 2016 and 18 Scenes in a Cage presented by Hong Kong Visual Art Centre in 2018. One Zero is a visual-music assemblage in collaboration with award-winning film director Tsai Ming-Liang whose moving images were designed to highlight the interdisciplinary mechanism in the production. 18 Scenes in a Cage is a site-specific work set in a hundred-year-old cultural heritage in which definitions of architecture, media art and live performance were refreshed with new insights. 

 

In recent years, GayBird has shown a significant interest in sound installation and has gained critical success with extensive appearance in international exhibitions such as Ars Electronica Festival (Linz), OzAsia Festival (Adelaide), Digital Art Festival (Athens), EXIT Festival (Paris), Technology Art Festival (Taipei), IFVA Everywhere (HK) and Detour (HK). His innovative work Fidgety has received the 3D/Interactive Award in the renowned Lumen Prize (UK) in 2018.

 

GayBird’s skillful and wide-ranging practice of cross-boundary creativity has been a distinguished visionary in reinterpreting music-making over the years. By dissolving the traditional framework of understanding music, elevating the media from a singular platform for hearing and expanding audio culture in connection with visual art, mechanical engineering, electronic programming, instrument crafting and installation art, the artist continues to make music as a comprehensive, integrated and total experience for all to enjoy. 

梁基爵出生於香港,於香港演藝學院畢業,獲音樂碩士 (作曲及電子音樂) 及 香港城市大學創意媒體學院,獲哲學碩士(創意媒體)。1996年起,以音樂總監、作曲、編曲及監製身分參與過百個不同種類的音樂會、唱片製作及廣告等。 基爵的音樂創作範圍極廣,包括為劇場作品創作不同類型音樂, 亦曾為電影創作主題曲,當中包括電影《長恨歌》、《大隻佬》和《愈快樂愈墮落》等。他的作品曾於亞洲作曲家聯盟青年作曲家大賽、金帆獎、香港電影金像獎、台灣金馬獎及多個流行音樂獎中獲提名或獎項。

他的當代音樂作品曾於多個國際藝術節中演出,包括國際現代音樂協會主辦的世界新音樂節(瑞典)、亞洲作曲家聯盟主辦的亞太音樂節(台灣、日本)與及「音樂新文化」 (香港) 等。

基爵為「人山人海」的主要成員,作為結合另類文化與當代音樂的尖峰,不斷嘗試加入實驗性的音樂元素,以拓闊流行音樂的詞彙。個人創作方面,曾成立電子音樂組合Multiplex ,早於1995年已推出首張專集《六月雪》(Snow In June) ,實驗新古典與電子音樂的混合與撞擊。其後作個人發展,於2002年創作個人專集《Made by Gaybird》,集中探索類比合成器的極限與電子音域更遼闊的風景。

近年,基爵除了繼續開拓自己的音樂領域外,更不斷探索有關電子音樂演出形式上的不同可能,希望加強電子音樂演出的「現場性」及「表演性」,由此開展了他在新媒體藝術上的研究。他獲香港城市大學獎學金,2011年於香港城市大學創意媒體學院取得哲學碩士,其間研究有關介面控制設計、新媒體藝術,與現場互動音樂的種種可能。

同年,聯同一眾媒體藝術家創作了新媒體音樂演出《電紫兔/克》,並推出音樂專集《Digital Hug》。憑此作品分別獲香港設計師協會「環球設計大奬2011」銅獎,及華語音樂傳媒大獎2012「最佳電子藝人」。作品於2012年巡迴至「MaD 創不同」論壇 (香港)、澳門文化中心主辦之「開箱作業」系列 (澳門)、「FILE - 國際電子語言藝術節」(巴西聖保羅)。並將於「雲端冒險--2012數位表演藝術節」(高雄及台北) 演出。

基爵集結多年跨界別的創作經驗,他的音樂擺脫傳統音樂框架,亦跨越單純作為聽覺藝術,結合視覺、機電互動程式、工藝般的樂器製作及裝置藝術於一體,成為一個更完全的音樂經驗。

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