Oscillating between various performance, free improvisation and composition, Hong Kong multidisciplinary/multimedia artist Chi Him Chik expands the spectrum of performance practices from the acoustic instrument of saxophone to megaphone, screaming, computer, audiovisuals, and music theatre, and has presented his works in different countries and cities across Europe, Asia, and North America, and has made appearances as artist and performer in various festivals and prestigious venues, including Taktlos Festival, Darmstadt Summer Course, Stuttgart Filmwinter Festival, and the Theater Basel.
Chi Him has won several prestigious competitions and is the first saxophonist from Hong Kong to reach the semi-final round of the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition. As an advocate of new music, he is responsible for the premiere of numerous of works by contemporary composers with diverse cultural backgrounds – including the world premiere of Chinese composer Chen Yi's “Chinese Folk Dance Suite” for Soprano Saxophone and Piano and the orchestral premiere of Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen's Saxophone Concerto “Maha Mantras”.
Chi Him received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University in the United States and Master’s Degree in Specialized Musical Performance (Improvisation) from the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland. His mentors include Dr. John Sampen, Zach Shemon, Fred Frith, Alfred Zimmerlin, Michel Roth, and Johannes Kreidler.
Inspired by the New York downtown scene and Japan noise music scene, as well as the career and works of the corresponding artists including Nam June Paik, Fred Frith, Merzbow, and Keiji Haino, Chi Him is currently focusing on opening up his own works to contemporary art while dealing with the political situation in his home town Hong Kong.