Born in Hong Kong and educated in England, Adrian Lo is a classically trained violinist who read Political Theory at university, and now works as a sound designer, musician and documentary filmmaker.
Lo’s documentary work often focuses on traditional culture and customs, especially handicraft within a contemporary urban context. His debut documentary short A Portrait of Sun Wah Kee (2015) won an award at the World Expo in Milan for exploring the notion of sustainability in food within the context of Cantonese cuisine and Hong Kong’s urban gentrification. This early success led to two further award-winning short films in A Way of Life (2015), which is about Japanese ceramicists in Tochigi and Ibaraki, as well as A Portrait of Linva (2016), about the iconic Chinese dress cheongsam.
In 2016, Adrian Lo produced his debut solo record ‘Absentee’ and released it as a 7' zine and digitally with Love Da Records. He performed this at various venues and festivals including Clockenflap festival, Macpherson Stadium in Hong Kong, and Feierwerk in Munich, before directing two documentaries about Hong Kong, Prayer for Peace (2017), which is about Shek O’s traditional Taoist festival Tai Ping Ching Chiu, and Cheongsam: Lost & Found (2017), a program commissioned by Hong Kong Arts Centre.
Since 2018, Adrian Lo has turned his attention to audio production for film and television, plying his trade as sound designer and re-recording mixer in Berlin. As of May 2020, he has just completed his latest documentary project about Hong Kong’s vanishing traditional handicraft ‘Living Heritage: A Triptych’, and he’ll also be releasing a new record titled ‘Anaesthesia’.