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Synthing the 80s – Rewind and Press Play – FREE CONCERT

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Rewind to iconic Italian (and international) 80s songs, celebrating the Design and Pop Culture from one of the most unforgettable eras ever!

This concert is organized in parallel with the Design Exhibition “Milan-Hong Kong design, new forms and functions in parallel with Italian iconic works” taking place from 26 March to 4 April 2021 at the Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai.



Ex Luna – Vocals and Guitars

Marco Iannelli – Keyboards and Programming

Lorenzo Iosco – Bass Clarinet


Heidi Li – Vocals

Chris Collins – Lead Guitar


Ex Luna

The Ex Luna project was born on 31 December 2009. Meme, an electric guitarist with a background in indie rock bands, and Liz, a classical pianist lent to synthesizers, discover their common passion for electronic music and submerge themselves in this world, arousing interest and curiosity. The duo often collaborates with other musicians to create captivating and engaging music, fresh and contemporary electro-pop that has its roots both in British music (such as Depeche Mode and Goldfrapp), and in Italian new wave (such as Battiato). Their idea is to propose something contemporary and new that is projected towards the future through a blend of psychedelic, pop-rock and dance music.


Marco Iannelli

Marco Iannelli is an award-winning Italian composer, musicologist and educator living in Hong Kong. He has worked with Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), the Opera Berlioz (Montpellier), and Deutsche Oper (Berlin). His compositions have been played around the world: Milan, Rome, Paris, San Francisco, the Athens Olympics and Hong Kong. He also collaborated with several great Asian artists, such as Wing Shya, Sandy Lam, Jun Kung and 24Herbs. He was most recently arranger and music director for the Italian Cultural Institute’s November 2020 production of “Rita” by Gaetano Donizetti.


Lorenzo Iosco

Lorenzo Antonio Iosco, Italian clarinetist and conductor, is based in Hong Kong where he is a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Potenza, Italy, Lorenzo studied at the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in Florence where he graduated with first class honours. Before moving to Asia, Lorenzo was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for 7 years and of the Madrid Opera House in Spain for 3 years. He studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Piero Bellugi in Florence and later with Maestro Donato Renzetti in Rome. He is regularly invited to conduct ensembles and orchestras in Italy, USA and China.


Heidi Li

Heidi Li is a Hong Kong born Jazz singer composer who grew up with a Cantonese opera background under her parents’ influence. At the age of 11, she won a Cantonese Opera singing competition on the TV channel TVB. After having lived in Canada, the UK and France, she spent more than 7 years in Italy where she completed a degree in Vocal Jazz Performance with full marks, studying with some of the finest Italian musicians. She has also participated in various Jazz workshops and had the chance to study with Jeff Ballard, Theo Bleckmann, Miguel Zenon, Kenny Werner and Jen Shyuetc.


Chris Collins

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chris moved to Sydney after high school to complete the Bachelor of Music degree (Jazz guitar performance) at AIM in Sydney, becoming proficient in a wide variety of contemporary styles in both guitar and bass guitar. Since graduation, he has played with many of Asia’s finest artists and musicians including Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Leehom Wang, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; he has supported two international stadium rock acts with his original bands (Slash and The Manic Street Preachers); won competitions with his playing and writing skills and has also built a recording studio to cater to Hong Kong’s ever expanding independent music scene.



Contessa – Enrico Ruggeri

Always on my Mind – Pet Shop Boys

Almeno Tu Nell’Universo – Mia Martini

Quando Nasce Un Amore – Anna Oxa

New York Counterpoint – Steve Reich

Splendido Splendente – Donatella Rettore

Mad World – Tears For Fears

La Donna Cannone – Francesco De Gregori

Se Telefonando – Mina

Ti Sento – Matia Bazar

Take On Me – Aha

Centro di Gravità Permanente – Franco Battiato


  • Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute