Lessons in Guitar Mastery
Madame Ning: How does it feel to be back for a second season on the sumptuous stage at Salon de Ning?
Eugene Pao: I had such a great time before so I'm really looking forward to starting up again at Salon De Ning. Thanks so much for having me back.
Madame Ning: What do you enjoy most about playing in small clubs?
Eugene Pao: The intimacy of a small club allows for better connection with the audience. They can easily see and feel how the musicians communicate on stage and give more back as a result.
Madame Ning: Do you vary your “Friends” ie: your set musicians for every show?
Eugene Pao: Not that much, because these guys know me so well musically, and we have worked together for so long, they know each “move” I make and will be there to support me with the right chords. It’s great to play with musicians that I have such a strong history and rapport with. That said, I do hope to have some surprise appearances during this second season at Salon de Ning.
Madame Ning: What inspires you in an audience when you’re playing?
Eugene Pao: When we have a great audience, they inspire us to play better, which hopefully makes the audience happier, more enthusiastic and more involved. It’s a give and take exchange process.
Madame Ning: What do you like most about the Hong Kong music scene?
Eugene Pao: The Hong Kong music scene is actually rather limited to Canto-pop music. It is therefore so encouraging to have a place like Salon De Ning presenting a Jazz night, giving this type of more creative music a chance to reach a wider audience on a regular basis.