ANNOUNCEMENT: WVC Presents…WAITING FOR THAT DAY, A Live Concert.

Hi all,

One behalf of my band WVC (or formerly known as WVC TRiO+1), I’m really happy and excited to announce our biggest project for the year:

WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble Presents…
WAITING FOR THAT DAY :  A Live Concert!

Musicians:

WVC TRiO + 1 –

Tay Cher Siang (Piano, Compositions)
Aj PopShuvit (Bass)
KJ Wong (Drums)
Julian Chan (Saxophones)

Guest Artists :
友弟Yudi (June 24)、周博华Chew Paul Wah (June 25)、Winnie Ho 何芸妮 (June 24& 25)、Janet Lee (June 24& 25)

Collaborative Artists :
10 piece String Ensemble Arioso Sinfonia, Calligrapher Tan Guet Bee , Videographer Tan Choo Harn, Photographer Wong Horng Yih, Dancers led by Sae Min.

Date & Time :
24th & 25th June 2015 @ 8:30pm

Venue :
Pentas 1, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre,
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Ipoh, KL .

Tickets:
VIP – RM158
Category A – RM108
Category B – RM 78
Category C – RM58
*All inclusive RM 3 ticket handling fees.

A) Student Promotion :
15% discount to students
VIP – RM 135
Category A – RM 92
Category B – RM 67
Category C – RM 50

B) Group Promotion :
20% discount for purchase of 10 tickets and above
VIP – RM 127
Category A – RM 87
Category B – RM 63
Category C – RM 47

C) Both Day Ticket Promotion :
20% discount for purchase tickets of two day shows.
VIP – RM 127
Category A – RM 87
Category B – RM 63
Category C – RM 47

*All inclusive RM 3 ticket handling fees.
*B & C Promotion ONLY applicable via 03-40479000 / 014-6445592 or walk in to klpac

Box Office :
klpac 03-4047 9000 , penangpac 04-899 1722/2722 , ticketpro 03-7880 7999

Website :
http://www.klpac.org
http://www.ticketpro.com.my

For More Information :
Enquiry : 014-6445592
Email : wvc.bookings@gmail.com
Facebook : www.facebook.com/wvctrioplusone
Website : wvctrioplusone.com
Youtube : youtube.com/c/Wvctrioplusone

Production Team :
Music Director / Arranger : Tay Cher Siang
Project Manager : Melissa Teoh
Sound Designer : John Siew
Lighting Designer : Lim Ang Swee

Note: Ticketing will start soon, but in the meantime, you can also contact us with enquiries via our hotline number (014-6445592) or email us at wvc.bookings@gmail.com.

We hope you can come and support us at our concert this year, and we’d love to see you all there. We look forward to have you enjoy the show as much as we’d enjoy playing for you. Meanwhile, we’d like to personally thank each and every one of you for the support you have shown us over the past few years!

So… mark your calendars!!

SEE YOU THERE!!

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GIG ALERT: Johor Bahru Jazz Festival 2015 (26 – 28 Feb 2015)

If you didn’t know already, Johor Bahru (south of West Malaysia) will be having its inaugural jazz festival this weekend, from the 26th Feb until 1 March 2015 .

Check out the poster for details and links to tickets:

JB Jazz Fest 2015

This festival is organized by the same group of people that organized the annual JB Arts Festival (10 years and running!).

As you can see, there will be some notable artistes, both local and overseas, who will be performing there. I’m proud to say that I will be part of the David Gomes Jazz Ensemble & Junji Delfino, and will be performing on the opening day of the festival, 26th February. We’ve got an awesome line-up of musicians: David Gomes (vocals & piano), Junji Delfino (vocals), Patrick Terbrack (tenor sax), Eddie Wen (trumpet), Hanafie Imam (bass), Shawn Kelley (drums), and of course, yours truly on alto sax.

I’m looking forward to this festival, and it will be an awesome hang with some friends, and also loads of fun music to play. If you’re around the hood, we hope to see you there. If not, make a trip down over the weekend and join us for a weekend of fun.

 

Happy Lunar New Year of the Goat (Ram)!

Seasons greetings from Julian Chan Music!

Here’s wishing everyone, a Happy Lunar New Year of the Goat! May your year be filled with blessings, loads of good music, good health, good company, inspiration, and also strength to not only endure, but to overcome, whatever challenges that come your way.

XIN NIAN KUAI LE! SAN NIN FAI LOK!

GONG XI FA CAI! GONG HEI FATT CHOY!

The Thailand International Jazz Conference 2015 – some thoughts

Talk about another inspiring and educational weekend! This was most certainly a great follow up to the Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival the previous week.

(You can read more about my thoughts on the MJFP 2015 here.)

First and foremost, a big shout out to the organizers of the Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2015 for a job well done. It is my first TIJC conference (they’ve done it for the 4th year now, I believe), and it had been nothing short of an awesome and inspiring experience. It was nice to feel like a student again, to say the least. Going there to witness the musical greatness that was the George Garzone Trio, Lage Lund Trio, and the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet, was something I will always look forward to. Not only that, seeing a whole bunch of Thai musicians (young and old) playing at a reasonably good-to-high-level, was also inspiring to me! The workshops were all conducted reasonably well, and all the artistes had enough good information for me to learn a few new things, and be inspired to work on some of them. More on that later.

The TIJC is an annual event organized by the Mahidol University Music College faculty. You can read more about it here. They bring in some very notable artistes in to conduct workshops and concert performances, and some of their previous artistes include Seamus Blake, Aaron Parks, Billy Hart, Ari Hoenig, Peter Bernstein and more. In addition, their local Thai established artistes and educators were also brought in to conduct these workshops and concert performances. This year, they brought in the George Garzone Trio (with Francisco Mela on drums, and Peter Slavov on bass), The Lage Lund Trio (with Matt Brewer on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums) and also the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet (along with Troy Roberts on sax, Manuel Valera on piano, and Hogyu Hwang on double bass). Their local acts also include my good friends Koh Mr. Saxman, Passakorn Mirasilpin (or better known to us as “Mint”), Hong Chanutr Techatananan, and MANY (and I mean *MANY*) others.

The workshops were definitely one of the main highlights for me, and although half of it were in Thai (with their Thai educators, and that the primary demographic of the attendees were Thai, except us, the Malaysian contingent and then some), but they demonstrated well enough for us to get a good gist of what’s happening. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the workshops, and especially more so for Mr. Garzone’s saxophone workshop and also the Clarence Penn drum workshop. Some of them were better at explaining their concepts and thoughts and others, but all of them explained it clear enough (at least for me, being a native English speaker) for me to understand. The jazz competition was also an interesting one, where the students competing were all really skilled and were technically proficient in their instruments!

The live performances were of course, the main highlight of the whole event. And boy, they didn’t disappoint! The Thai bands were really amazing, and playing at a seriously high level. Although some of them weren’t really my cup of tea, but there is no denying their reasonably high skill level in their performance. The headliners (George Garzone Trio on Day 1, Lage Lund Trio on Day 2, and Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet on the last day) were, without doubt, just simply amazing. These are real Masters at work, and nothing beats the experience of seeing them live. And even though the festival ran from early in the day till almost midnight, it was extremely well attended. And it also helped that the venue was also beautiful and well-suited for the occasion (even the mosquitoes were having a field day!). If you have a chance to visit the Mahidol University campus, you will see how beautiful it is.

What was also beautiful about this event was how it brought together all the different music schools/universities/institutes to participate in this event. It was a joint collaboration with three of the top jazz music departments in Thailand – Mahidol University, Rangsit Conservatory, and also Silpakorn University. In addition, bands and ensembles from the various departments – student bands, army bands, etc – all were given a stage to perform! I really wonder when Malaysia will achieve this state of collaboration and communication in the music field. Hopefully I’ll get to see it within my lifetime? Other than meeting some old friends, I also got to make some new ones, and I’m plenty grateful for that.

I am seriously looking to next year’s conference, and I may try to make it an annual pilgrimage (unless I’m going there to perform, well, that’ll be a different story, then!). To all music students (and I’m not talking about only the ones STILL in school, if you get my drift) interested and SERIOUS about jazz, I think you should also make it a point to attend this conference. This is probably the closest thing you can get to, in terms of getting first hand information from the current masters of this music. Great job to Mahidol University College of Music and all its partners for a job well done!!

Special thanks to my traveling mates Toro Cheng and Chee Seng, and also Az Samad and Yin! It was a good hang, full with a-toro-ciously bad az jokes, and thoughtful conversations! Hope to do it again at some point.

The 2nd Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival… my personal thoughts!

I am truly and unequivocally inspired and humbled from last night.

The final night of the 2nd Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival at KLPac was truly an amazing night of music IN MALAYSIA I’ve had in a while, I must admit. And I’m doubly/triply more proud and happy that the people who have given me a huge dose of inspiration and humble pie are my personal friends (who are also my colleagues/mentors).

To see all of them perform and play in their trio settings, and every single one of them playing to their best (mistakes and all) and just simply KICKIN’ ASS, was something that I really miss having to see. EVERYONE had something interesting and unique to offer, there was no competition, no cutting contests, no politics, just a lot of inspiring music and soul from different personalities…and a real fellowship, in every sense of the word.

To see some of the younger cats who are putting their hearts and souls out to be part of this amazing event, was also no less inspiring. I may be OLDER now, but I still feel the same fire and passion that they have, like when I was still a young fat saxophonist trying to make it into the scene. Now I’m just older but still fat, saxophonist. I am inspired by every one of them to be a better musician, a teacher, and a person.

I must say, in all honesty and without hesitation, that this Festival is TRULY, *THE BIGGEST* highlight of the Malaysian jazz scene. PERIOD. It’s not just a one-off event just to sell tickets and just about having a party and having fun. It’s the making of a real and growing jazz scene in our country, and integrating it as part of our culture. It is a an important piece of history in our Malaysian Music scene.

A BIG shoutout to Michael Veerapen and all the amazing team of pianists that performed, conducted workshops, and contributed to make it an amazingly inspiring and successful event – David Gomes, Ee Jeng Hin, Cheah Wei Li, Wee Lern Ch’ng, Justin Lim Fang Yee, John Dip Silas, Toro Cheng Pin Xuan, Tay Cher Siang (who was there in spirit, although physically in India), and the rhythm section Daniel Foong, Steve Nanda, Charles Wong, John Ashley Thomas, Terrence Ling and Wan Azfarezal. Kudos to ALL you guys!!

Congratulations to Melvin Goh for being the FIRST person to make Malaysian jazz piano history for being a deserving winner of the FIRST ever jazz piano competition in our country. A big shoutout to the rest of the participants whom I know, kicked ass, in one way or the other – Jack Lim Hui Jie, Leroy Lee, Vester Liew, Shaun Chow, and others.

If you have missed any of the shows, you have truly missed out on A LOT. I am really looking forward to seeing next year’s Festival.

(PS: Now, I really LOVE/HATE you guys even more.. I really wish I could play piano like that!!! LOL!!!!!)

GIG: WVC TRiO+1 Live at Toccata Studio. 11 Jan 2015 (Sun), 3pm

This is our band, WVC TRiO+1’s first public performance of 2015!

WVC Toccata 110115

This will be the first of many to come, and we are planning ahead for a major project that will happen in the middle of the year. So do stay tuned to our updates, as we will be bringing you more stuff, from podcasts, live performances, miscellaneous project updates, and more. Follow our band on Facebook – WVC TRiO+1 and on Twitter @WVCTrio.

As for this weekend, we will be performing in this intimate space in PJ SS2, Toccata Studio, at 3pm. It’s a great time to spend your Sunday afternoon, especially for those with families who would not have much opportunities to check out our evening/night shows.

WVC TRiO+1 Live at Toccata Studio!
Venue: Toccata Studio, 19b, Jalan SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Date and Time: 11th Jan 2015 (Sunday), 3pm.
Admission by min. donation: RM40

Drawing inspiration from the many facets of modern life, influenced by Malaysian and other Asian cultures, the music of WVC TRiO +1 cuts across many musical genres and defies any kind of classification. Tunes such as “The Art of the Wind Up Alarm Clock”, “Found and Lost”, “Standing in the Rain on Euclid Avenue” tries to examine and express the human condition in modern life, using the art form known as “jazz” as its stylistic musical vehicle.

Formed in 2006 as a trio, WVC TRiO +1 completed its quartet line up with the addition of saxophonist Julian Chan. The group has toured extensively in the region, heralding back the spirit being “on the road” of touring jazz bands of old. Through these regional tours, WVC TRiO +1 has brought its music to many corners of Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Macao. In one of these tours, the quartet managed to travel extensively over 18 cities within a month, using different means of transportation, playing in many different types of venues.

WVC TRiO +1 has three instrumental albums – “WVC TRiO” (2008), “ELEVEN” (2009), “In the Dark, I See Her” (2011) – that explored different musical genres (while maintaining the spirit of jazz as its core) and combinations in its line-up. Most of the tunes recorded are original tunes written by the band members. In addition, the band also experiments with transforming unlikely pop tunes, Chinese classics, and many mainstream music into new jazz re-arrangements, in the spirit of the great jazz musicians of old.

WVC TRiO +1 has been invited to appear in many festivals in the region such as Taichung Jazz Festival, Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival, Phuket International Jazz Festival, Tianjin International Jazz Fest, Macao International Jazz Week and many others. In addition, the band has played extensively in the Malaysian local jazz clubs, from No Black Tie, Nero Fico, (the now defunct) Venue, and many others.

The present incarnation of the WVC Trio + 1 consists of bandleader/composer/arranger/music director/pianist Tay Cher Siang, bassist AJ, drummer KJ Wong and saxophonist Julian Chan. The band remains one of the most active units in the Malaysian performance circuit and is one of the most sought after bands in Malaysia for Hi-Fi recordings and live performances.


Call/text 016-3618504 to reserve your seats now!

Hope to see you at the show! Support live music and jazz in Malaysia!

Happy New Year 2015…thoughts and quips.

Happy New Year 2015, everyone!

I know, I’m a little late and it has already been a few days good of the new year. But like they say – better late than never.  Well, I was also too knocked out cold in bed from falling sick right at the eve of the new year, so I just didn’t have the strength to think or write anything.

Anyway, it’s a good time to sit down and gather my thoughts about 2014. As I’ve read through many of my friends’ posts about their new year reflections, I’ve noticed that one thing remains unchanged – all of us have experienced highs and lows, and everything else in between. To say the least,  that also applies to me. But more than anything, I’m just grateful for the opportunities I’ve had last year – whether it is the blessings that stem out of the bad experiences, or the learning from the good ones (and everything else in between).

For many, 2014 has been a extremely terrible year. Too many tragic plane incidents, natural disasters, political unrest, unnecessary and terrible deaths. To think back of it causes such distress in my heart (and I’m sure it is the same for most of us, if not all of us), that nothing can really help to alleviate that. More so than ever, that I am more inspired to be a better person, to be a better musician, and I hope the music my friends and I make can be some form of light of hope and inspiration for many.

Nevertheless, I shall write out some of the highlights of last year, and plenty there are (in no particular order):

1) Did a shit load of projects with my band, WVC TRiO+1 – two live performance video livestream shows; recorded our new instrumental jazz album (with this line up) and also our post-tour album launch; numerous album recordings for Pop Pop Music, Yudi Yap, and Janet Lee’s upcoming album, among others; numerous live shows as a group and with vocalists at No Black Tie, recorded and released 12 episodes of our WVC podcast, and others.

2) Toured with my band to China, Macau, and Bangkok with my band for a whole month, having played 20+ shows across 17 cities.

3) Started having more and more interested and passionate saxophone students from universities and privately.

4) Played a lot of gigs that I thoroughly enjoyed with my band and others, whether it is in the clubs or in private events.

5) Played four symphonic band concerts, of which the last one was at the Chiayi Band Festival in Taiwan, right before the year ended.

6) Performed with Jeremy Monteiro for the Singapore Wind Symphony concert (and my debut show at Esplanade Concert Hall); the Asia-Europe Tour with the Asian Jazz All-Stars (along with Eugene Pao and Hong Chanutr Techatananan), including going to Paris and playing my debut show at the world famous jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London!

7) Traveled to Europe for the FIRST TIME, albeit short, but it was a memorable one.

8) Did two musicals, one big and one small, both with people I truly enjoyed working with (SuperMokh Restage, Kopisusu Recham).

9) Finally became a Yanagisawa Saxophones Artiste (and got a new horn from their new line of WO Series altos).

As for the not-so-pleasant things, well, suffice to say they are meant to happen for a reason, and I really believe that. I’ve learned more than ever that bad experiences are lessons in itself, and one can stand to learn from them – and that is a real blessing in itself. More than ever, I’m just grateful to be alive, breathing, and being able to do what I do. I truly thank the Creator/Heavenly Mother/Universe, for which all these is possible.

It is now 2015, everything that I’ve written is now in the past. Time to work towards a new future. Let’s see what 2015 has in store for us…

Happy New Year 2015, everyone!

Much blessings,
– JC

GIG: Reuben Lewis (AUS) and the Julian Chan Quartet LIVE at No Black Tie

GIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

I’ll be performing with Australian jazz and experimental trumpeter REUBEN LEWIS with my quartet this weekend on Friday (5th Dec) and Saturday (6th Dec) at KL’s premier jazz club NO BLACK TIE. This time around, my quartet will feature our original pianist JUSTIN LIM, and two of my friends BENJAMIN LOW (drums) and JONATHAN HO (bass).

Reuben Lewis Dec 5_6 NBT

Some info on Reuben (www.reubenlewis.com):

Trumpeter, composer, improviser, and a driving new force in the Australian Jazz and Experimental music community. Reuben is a graduate of The Australian National University with Honours (1st class) in Jazz Performance and Composition.

In 2012 he relocated to Berlin, where he established lasting artistic roots and toured through Sweden, Poland and Germany. Since returning to Australia in 2013, Reuben has permanently relocated to the city of Melbourne, where he performs regularly in a plethora of musical outfits.

In Australia, Reuben has performed with his own ensembles at established festivals and concert series such as Jazzgroove, The Now Now Spontaneous Music & Experimental Film Series, Sound Out, Canberra International Music Festival, Capital Jazz Project, SIMA, MJC, MIC, MIUC, Jazz at the Gods Café, Lebowskis, Woodford Folk Festival, Womadelaide World Music Festival and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. His current performance projects include the likes of established Australian musicians James Greening, Ronny Ferella, Miroslav Bukovsky, Geoff Hughes, David Tolley and Jordan Murray as well as emerging artists Luke Sweeting, Joanathan Heilbron, Callum G’Froerer.

As a composer Reuben has written for short film, classical ensembles, pop/alternative bands, reggae/roots/folk outfits and jazz/experimental/improvising ensembles ranging from solo to big band. He has been commissioned to compose educational work material for schools, has appeared in the Australian Jazz Real Book – Vol. 1 and was a finalist in the 2010 Sprogis Woods Jazz Composition Competition.

In both 2009 and 2011, Reuben received funding from the Friends of the School of Music as well as ArtsACT (2011) to release two albums – Samadhi, Fractured Spring – of original music under his own name. His third album, featuring a Berlin-based free improvised trio and electronic post-production artist, will be released in early 2014. As a collaborator he has appeared on several albums, such as The Goose is Loose – Dub Dub Goose, People and Lightbulbs – The Luke Sweeting Sextet, Live @ Alchemia Bar, Krakow – SVELIA and Trio – Praetzlich/Beierbach/Lewis (pending release in 2014 on gligg-records.com in Germany.

Reuben is a co-leader of the The Phonetic Orchestra, a contemporary music ensemble that has received a JUMP mentorship grant to collaborate with acclaimed artists Peter Knight, Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel and Eugene Ughetti in 2014.

Hope you can make it this weekend. It’s definitely going to be an interesting and fun musical experience, something a lot more different than what most of us are used to.

REUBEN LEWIS at NO BLACK TIE

Reuben Lewis – trumpet
Julian Chan – saxophones
Justin Lim – piano/keys
Benjamin Low – drums
Jonathan Ho – bass

DATE AND TIME: 5 & 6 Dec 2014 (Fri & Sat), 10pm
ADMISSION: RM50

See you this weekend! Support live music and live arts in Malaysia!

GIG UPDATE: JEREMY MONTEIRO QUARTET Live at Sing Jazz Club, SINGAPORE

GIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

I’m back from Hong Kong to Singapore for another two club dates, before we fly off to Paris and London to continue the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet tour. This time, it’s the Jeremy Monteiro Quartet (featuring Jeremy on piano, Christy Smith on bass, Tama Goh on drums and myself on saxophones) LIVE at Sing Jazz Club at Jalan Sultan.

Titled “Here, There, and Everywhere”, we will be performing several original compositions of Jeremy’s, as well as some standards and re-arranged Christmas tunes. Check out the poster for details:

JM4tet Sing Jazz 12&14 Nov 2014

If you’re in the hood, please do drop by!

See you then!

New Tour Schedule with Jeremy Monteiro’s Asian All-Stars Power Quartet (Nov 2014)

NEW TOUR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!

I’m glad to announce that I will be part of a short tour (Singapore-Hong Kong-Singapore-Paris-London) for a few concerts with Jeremy Monteiro and his Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet (subbing in for their regular sax player, Tots Tolentino, who is taking a break at the moment) from the 6th till the 22nd November. The last show for me on this tour will be at UK’s most premier jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, for the London Jazz Festival! Can you tell I’m psyched??

I’m really looking forward to this trip – to learn and to play with these amazing musicians – Jeremy Monteiro, Hong Chanutr Techatananan and Eugene Pao! Thanks in advance, Jeremy and gang!

My tour with them starts from Jeremy’s home country of Singapore this weekend, 8th November, at Gardens By The Bay:

JM-AASPQ-GardenByTheBay

This show will also feature our Malaysian-ised Jazz Mamma, JUNJI DELFINO, singing with us at this beautiful garden park in Marina Bay Sands.

We are playing two sets, from 7:00-7:40pm and 8:00-8:40pm. Admission is FREE. So, if you are around the area, or some of you happen to be in Singapore for a trip, please do come by and check out the show and say hi to the band. We’d love to see you there!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE UPDATES!

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