Ready for a Friday night with Chinese-inspired jazz music and free flow drinks at a cool live-house venue? Guo Gan, a veteran of the traditional Chinese erhu, and his jazz band will debut in Hong Kong next Friday at Causeway Bay’s HMV Kafé.

Born to a musical family in the north-eastern Chinese city of Shenyang, Guo broke new territory in the 1990s, infusing the modern jazz sound with classical Chinese influences and creating a stir in the region.

Since travelling to France in 2001, he has played in over 2,000 gigs around the world – most famously with piano virtuoso Lang Lang.

Together with three French musicians, he founded the Guo Gan Erhu Jazz Band in 2012. The band has inspired audiences across Europe one concert at a time.

Three years later, Guo was awarded the highest honour of French art – Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – by the French Ministry of Culture.

On Friday, they will joined by renowned guest guzheng performer Dr. Zou Lun Lun. HMV Kafé will serve a free flow of drinks to accompany the night’s Chinese-inspired jazz music. Two free tickets are reserved for HKFP readers on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch at info@hongkongfp.com while they’re still available!

When erhu meets jazz:

  • Date: Friday, April 28, 7pm – 11pm (drinks available from 7pm, concert from 8 – 10:15pm, 15 minutes intermission).
  • Address: HMV Kafé, Pearl City Mansion, 4/F, 36, 22 Paterson St, Causeway Bay.
  • Tickets: HK$700 (includes unlimited alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks), available at all HMV outlets and Cityline. For a 10% discount, PM Sense Connect.

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