Thank you for visiting this site.
For the picnickers who don't already know me, my name is Njo Kong Kie.
Why Music Picnic? Well, I like what the name suggests:
music which is casual, eclectic, joyful, whimsical, romantic, intimate and delicious -
key ingredients to a great picnicking experience.
Please follow the links above for my various pursuits in composition and performance.
Come picnic with us!
This fall, I contributed the soundtrack to four productions taking place in Canada, Europe and Asia. First up in September was Playing Landscape, a dance theatre piece developped in collaboration with artists from Macau, Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan, Korea and Australia. We went on a European tour, with stops in Porto, and the 2012 European capitals of culture: Guimaraes(Portugal) and Maribor(Slovenia).
In early November, Singapore Dance Theatre expanded and remounted Christina Chan's Waiting using music from the album Picnic in the cemetery.
Les memes yeux que toi, a solo piece by Anne Plamondon had a very successful run at L'Agora de la danse in Montreal. Here is a review in La Presse.
Next up is Fare Game, a multi-media play about life in Toronto's Taxis, created by Ruth Madoc-Jones, Marjorie Chan and Alex Williams,
again using music from the album Picnic in the cemetery.
Starting now too to work on a commission for the soundtrack of a dance piece to be performed at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2013.
Pictures from our performance at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre of
The Four Seasons Centre of Performing Arts.
All photos by Joel Slonetsky. From left to right,
first row: Kong Kie, Paul White, Simon Claude, Alexandre Castonguay
Second row: Keith and Paul, Janna Pardy, Neil Aronoff, Keith Klassen