Archetype Ensemble is a new experimental project initiated by Dennis Wong aka Sin:Ned, co-founder of Re-Records and Kill The Silence Festival. It is a multi-media and cross-disciplinary conceptual ensemble of free improvised performance with changing members for each performance. In this debut performance at Kill The Silence: LUFF does Hong Kong, the ensemble will be in the format of a beyond-music quartet, featuring action painter Liang Guojian from Foshan, critically acclaimed violinist William Lane, and free improviser arkajolie.
Liang Guojian, a native born in Foshan Sanshui, China during the decade of Cultural Revolution. The education Liang received was a typical heritage of traditional Chinese family. In his childhood he took training in Chinese painting. Starting with his basic training of brush-and-ink and the space conception in composition, and through the process of his learning of Mustard Seed Garden manual of Chinese painting during early days, and the ink experiment practice nowadays, Liang Guojian not only has been inheriting the precious Chinese humanistic thought and Philosophy, but also creatively using the element of fire in Chinese ink painting, which brought the painting a new life by burning it and reinforcing each other.
Liang was called Uncle Jian which means an old talking ancient literary jargon for he was fascinated with traditional Chinese literature and being initiative thinking. Starting in 2006, Liang Guojian entered the international sound art circle and began his avant-garde experiment on ink, image, and installation to explore and establish a set of unique ink painting language, which combines both the spirit of freedom and the essence of tradition. Over the years, Liang Guojian disdained the utilitarian, and contacted continuously with artists and the international organizations from all over the world in the name of an independent artist to inspire and promote local contemporary art development in Foshan
In 2008, Liang Guojian started his Rice Project which focus on social cultural education. The rice-like voice installation from Rice Project won the 2011 China Redstar Design Award prize. In a time flooded with culture industry, there were various art forms coming out of the art greenhouse to market for profit. But, Liang Guojian proposed a New Confucian doctrine, the Moss from Nature. In 2010, the Moss from Nature was publicized in an international art project in forms of poetry, painting, music and dance.
William Lane performs as a soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician all over
Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America. Recipient of a number of large scholarships and prizewinner at various international competitions, he studied under Jan Sedivka (Australia), Bruno Giuranna (Italy) and Garth Knox (France), as well as in Germany at the International Ensemble Modern Akademie and in Switzerland at the Lucerne Festival Academy. He has been resident in Hong Kong since 2008, performing with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and the Anonymous (Piano) Quartet. William was Violist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic (2008-2010), Principal Viola of Ensemble Resonanz (Germany, 2007-2008), as well as working on a freelance basis with Ensemble Modern (Germany, 2006-2007) and as a guest with the Lucerne Festival Strings (Switzerland, 2014). As an orchestral musician he has worked as Principal Viola with the Australian Youth Orchestra and casual player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. As a new music advocate and educator, William is Artistic Director of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, resident company at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is also Artistic Director of The Modern Academy, Asia’s foremost institute for training in contemporary classical music. He also appears regularly as a guest lecturer and performer at universities in Australia, China, Ireland, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Classically trained musician, experimental musician/performer (free improv/noise, minimal/peripatetic), founding member of AGE (algorithmic glitch ensemble) and digital image theorist teaching at The School of Creative Media, Hong Kong.
Dennis WONG aka Sin:Ned, is an improviser, experimentalist and noise
practitioner from Hong Kong. He is the co-founder of Re-Records, SECOND, Twenty Alpha, advisor of soundpocket, and the Hong Kong producer of JOLT Festival (http://joltarts.org/home). He is the core member of No One Pulse, After Doom, adeō and underture, and the main advocator of the Hong Kong underground experimental music scene with his prolific output and concert series Noise to Signal and festival series Kill The Silence. His collaborators include artist such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Yan Jun, Alfred 23 Harth, Otomo Yoshihide, dj sniff, Xper.Xr, Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Torturing Nurse…etc. His works have been featured in the infamous Belgium imprint Sub Rosa’s“An Anthology of Chinese Electronic Music” and “An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 7”.