The concert "InterCulture & ZENS Present: West-Eastern Divan" was held on June 5th, the last day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. This was the first time that "InterCulture Space @ Man Lap Fong" opened ticket sales, and nearly 100 new friends attended the function. The music journey with "West-Eastern Divan" began in the West, even in the far West, namely in Latin America, with a samba, followed by 3 short pieces from European composers, and ended with a famous German song in Cantonese interpretation.

Guitar professor Bastian Hildner and double bass player Martin Fleischer, former Consul General of Germany, brought four pieces of delicate and gentle music. 


As a bridge between the West and the East, Polish pianist Lukasz Lagocki, Bastian Hildner and Martin Fleischer performed together a jazz tune titled "Spain", inspired by Spanish flamenco with its unique melancholic melodies, influenced by middle-eastern music, which found its way from North Africa to Mediterranean Europe.


The next piece was a traditional Cantonese song called "Colorful clouds chasing the moon". Musicians interpreted this piece in a modern jazz-inspired style. Daniel on the Erhu, Ilana on the Chinese bamboo flute, Lukasz Lagocki on the piano, Lee on the drums, Martin Fleischer on the Double bass, and vocalist Chanel performed the piece together. The fusion of Eastern and Western music was so fascinating that it was awarded by endless cheering and applause.


Our last piece was a perfect representation of InterCulture's mission of connecting people through culture. It was a German song titled "So viele Lieder sind in mir" (So many songs are in my heart). Surprisingly, this song became even more popular in Hong Kong and South China than in Germany, in its Cantonese version which translates as "Night Flight", originally performed by Hong Kong singer Priscilla Chan.

After the concert, the co-founder of InterCulture presented flowers to the musicians. ZENS teahouse prepared for the guests sparkling "Yunqi Tea · A taste of Spring" and "West Lake Longjing Wheat beer". While enjoying the bubbles of Chinese jasmine tea and German-style beer,  the audience exchanged with friends their love for music and life.  


InterCulture is committed to acting as a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures in various ways, such as a cross-over concert. Welcome to join us in this spirit!