SEASONS OF LIFE Kickstarter
"SEASONS OF LIFE" is KJ Wong's first CD Album recording his original programme about the meaning of life as a cycle.
About SEASONS OF LIFE
SEASONS OF LIFE is KJ Wong's first conceptual programme that centers on the circle of life in three stages: Departure, Lost, Reunification. Pairing each stage with a musical piece that resonates with the status, the programme transmute the story of all of us. Through the music and its idiom, SEASONS OF LIFE is KJ Wong's first manifesto to his audiences.
SEASONS OF LIFE was brought to audiences all over the world in 2018 from USA, Europe to South-East Asia, and received raving reviews from audiences worldwide, as well as being awarded First Prize at the Alaska Piano E-Competition. After a long anticipation, KJ Wong finally decides that this is the right moment to release his first CD Album after years of preparation. Without the support of a recording company, KJ decides to arouse interest and support from the crowd and his beloved audiences who are the sources of his motivation and inspiration.
The funds raised from Kickstarter will go entirely into backing the production and recording costs of SEASONS OF LIFE. In order to achieve the best quality, KJ Wong will work with the top engineers and record at the most professional studio, which is not easy and cheap to find.
我們希望透過Kickstarter將這種獨特的音樂製作直接回饋支持者，並以專業的電子和實體錄製SEASONS OF LIFE為聽眾所喜的音樂。所有經Kickstarter獲得的資金都會用於專輯製作和錄音支出。
The Album SEASONS OF LIFE
DEPARTURE - Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No.1
LOST - Scriabin Sonata No.3 in F-sharp Minor "States of the Mind"
REUNIFICATION - Schumann Fantasie in C Op. 17
Album Production Breakdown
a) Recording Studio/Hall Rental $50000
b) Recording Engineer/Music Director $60000
c) Mixing & Mastering $30000
d) Visual Design $30000
e) CD Production $20000
f) Promotional Activities $30000
g) Administrative Cost $20000
h) Miscellaneous $10000
About the Artist
KJ’s career has manifested beyond his training as a professional pianist. Besides performing music, he curates innovative programme at the annual Music Lab Festival as the Artistic Director, organises oversea tours, writes prolifically for publications, as well as hosting his own music programs. Largely due to his ambition to connect with others through music, he continues to surprise his audiences with ideas and projects.
KJ rose to public’s attention due to an unexpected welcoming of his documentary “KJ: Music & Life” in 2009, which won Best Documentary at Golden Horse Awards. He spent four years studying under Prof. Emile Naoumoff at the Indiana University Bloomington after trainings with Nancy Loo and Gabriel Kwok; participated in festivals such as PianoTexas and Verbier Festival Academy; received guidance from masters such as Menahem Pressler, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Claude Frank, John O’Conor; awarded twice as the concerto competition winner at IUB; proceeded to Semi-Finals at competitions at Gina Bachauer, PianoFerrol, Hong Kong International, awarded Special Prize at the Los Angeles International Piano Competition, advanced to Finals at the Young Artist Audition in NY. Recently, he was voted first prize and chamber prize at the Alaska International E-Piano Competition in 2018.
At Music Lab, he built a creative hub where he can attempt for concerts of unconventional forms and ideas. Over the years, he has already presented solo programmes exploring themes such as “Seasons of Life”, “Tribute to Death”, “Fast & Difficult*, “God or No God”; chamber programmes such as “Freedom of Shadows”, “Beloved Clara”, “So French”. In 2017, he also founded the trio SMASH with saxophonist Timothy Sun and world harmonica champion, CY LEO. As a local creative force, Music Lab has grown its own festival, celebrating artists with creative thoughts and promoting cultural talents of Hong Kong. Approaching the third edition of Music Lab Festival, Music Lab and KJ continues to develop original programme as well as ambitiously touring cities in Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia and China.
2009年，家正的音樂才華在金馬獎得獎紀錄片《音樂人生》的鏡頭下嶄露頭角。得益於羅乃新及郭嘉特兩位良師的鋼琴訓練，家正其後負笈美國印地安那大學，師從Emile Naoumoff教授四年，並於各大型音樂節中亮相，包括德州鋼琴音樂節及韋比爾音樂學院音樂節，亦曾得到多位大師指導，包括Menahem Pressler、 Yoheved Kaplinsky、Claude Frank、John O’Conor等。此外，家正以最年輕紀錄兩次勝出美國印地安那大學協奏曲比賽，並躋身多個大型音樂比賽，包括美國Gina Bachauer國際鋼琴大賽、西班牙Ferrol國際鋼琴比賽、香港國際鋼琴公開賽等。他亦於美國洛杉磯國際鋼琴大賽獲特別獎嘉許，於紐約青年演奏藝術家遴選躋身最後階段。2018年，他在阿拉斯加E國際鋼琴比賽中獲選為總冠軍及最佳室內樂演出。
Music Lab是家正推動的創意協作平台，亦是實現各種主流以外的想法，打破音樂會既定形式的試驗場。過去幾年，他主辦了多場獨奏音樂會，探索不同主題，例如《人生如戲》、《死亡奏鳴》、《指魔俠－火拼時速》、《指魔俠－神唔神？》；室樂會《陰霾中的自由》、《琴戀克拉拉》、《好法國》。2017年，家正與色士風手孫穎麟、世界冠軍口琴手何卓彥組成三重奏組合，呈獻演出《SMASH》。Music Lab作為本地創意力量，積極推動自家音樂節，擁抱創意無限的藝術家，並推動香港發展本地文化人才。隨着「本地薑音樂節」邁向第三屆，Music Lab與家正將繼續發展原創節目，並進軍巡演臺灣、澳門、馬來西亞及中國的多個城市。
Risks and challenges
Without the support of any established companies, this is completely a self-funded project. I want to record also at the best possible location with the best piano, and therefore I am planning to record either in a professional studio in Hong Kong, or flying over to UK for the recording.
Because this is my first experience self-funding and recording an album, therefore it will take time and effort to make sure that everything will be well-made.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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