Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hong Kong's Best Kept Secret: Visage One, Private Jazz Club

This was a truly special night. Visage One is a hair salon by day run and owned by Ben, jazz club by night (first & second Saturday of each month). On jazz nights, it is transformed into the coziest space, for musicians to perform, jazz lovers to indulge in good music. No fancy furniture or decorations. No foods served. Just wine and music.

This is definitely one of Hong Kong's best kept secret. The whole atmosphere, respect & appreciation of music makes it special. Karissa Muse is very well known in the HK jazz scene, she is a female jazz guitarist, jazz radio show host, and jazz music critic. I had heard of her name for years, and had seen her numerous times in various jazz gigs but had never watched her perform/ listened to her play. Last night's visit to Visage One was an impromptu idea over dinner at my place with a few friends. I was so glad, after 2.5 years, I visited Visage One again and had the pleasure to listen to Karissa's music. She even played Chega de Saudade as the second last song - which I sing every other day in the shower in Portuguese.

9 comments:

  1. Hi, I came across your blog while searching for jazz in Hong Kong. Thanks for the kind words; I'll play there again on Nov 6th, if you can drop, please say hello. If you want to, you can sing a few bossa nova tunes with us too :-)

    Once again, thanks for the compliments :-)


    Karissa

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  2. It was a pleasure listening to your music. Thanks for the beautiful music. I'd love to drop by again next time. Probably will only hum quietly to myself. Not really a singer in public :)

    PS: Chega de Saudade is a very beautiful and emotional song. It starts with sad emotions about such longing for a former lover, and changes to such joy in thinking how life would be amazing if the lover comes back.

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  3. For me and my partner, that night at Visage was special too. We seldom have such a good audience. We are really looking forward to playing there again.

    By the way, I like the picture above. Would you mind if I download it?

    Once again, thank you for the really kind words, If you use Facebook, you can find me there.

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  4. Please feel free to download it. If you click on it, it will lead you to the bigger picture for you to download. I actually recently set it as my wallpaper.

    Glad you enjoyed playing there. Hope to see you there in Nov.

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  5. Thank you for letting me downloading it, it has a nice vibe and kind of reminds me of that night.

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  6. Hi, Just saw Ben's salon transformation to a music gathering over the weekend. May i know where the venue is please?

    Thank You.

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  7. LG/F, Po Lung Building, 93 Hollywood Rd, Central

    It is west of Hollywood Road and Aberdeen Street intersection. When you hit Mee Lun Street - which is a long stairway - walk down a few steps and turn LEFT into a small alley. That's where Visage is. Call Ben 2523 8988 ahead of time to find out details for the next performance. Enjoy!

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  8. Thanks Tea Yee.

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  9. Hi, came across your page when googling Visage One, as I'm missing the salon and the Jazz nights so much already after coming back to Toronto for just a week. Perhaps you know about it but they're playing every Saturday now. Arrgh sad.

    WM

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