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Gig announcement – 3 March 2018

Hi all,

Haven’t been posting here for a long time, sorry about that! Will work on upkeeping the site a little more. Anyway, I’m happy to announce a few shows that will be happening along the year. These are some of the confirmed shows. Will update more along the way.

So, here they are:

3/22 Fri (9pm) : Q Sound Big Band @ The Bee, Publika KL

4/8 Sun (4pm): SINGJAZZ 2018 – The Jazz Association of Singapore Orchestra (JASSO) led by Jeremy Monteiro @ Main Stage, Marina Bay Sands SINGAPORE

4/14 Sat (tbc) : Teresa Teng Tribute with Jeremy Monteiro & Melissa Tham tbc

4/29 Sun (tbc): Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) – WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble @ Play Den, Festival House

5/11 & 5/12 Fri & Sat : BORNEO JAZZ FESTIVAL

9/28 & 9/29 Fri & Sat: KUCHING WATERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

More details on the way. So do stay tuned!

Thanks.
– JC

 

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Gig Updates – July/Aug 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: GIG UPDATES

After a short hiatus from live performances for a few weeks, I’m glad to announce that late July through August is set to be a busy month for me. I’m glad to be out there performing for you again. I hope to see you at some of the shows, if not all!

Here’s a brief list of upcoming performances:

21/7 (Thu) Michael Veerapen Trio feat. Julian Chan. 9pm.
Venue: No Black Tie, KL. Check out www.noblacktie.com.my for details.
Tickets: RM40

22/7 (Fri) KK JAZZ FEST – WVC Jazz Ensemble.
Venue: Sutera Harbour Tennis Courts, Kota Kinabalu.
Check out www.kkjazzfest.com for details.

23/7 (Sat) KK JAZZ FEST – WVC & Shanghai Jazz Reprise.
Venue: Sutera Harbour Tennis Courts, Kota Kinabalu.
Check out www.kkjazzfest.com for details.

26/7 (Tue) WVC @ Forbidden City Live Band KL. 9:30pm.
Venue: Forbidden City, KL
No cover.
Check out www.forbiddencitykl.com for show details

27/7 (Wed) WVC @ Karuizawa. 9:30pm onwards.
Venue: Karuizawa Kogen, Menara TA One, KL

28/7-1/8 Taichung Saxophone Competition (judge)
Venue: Taichung, TAIWAN

1/8 (Mon) WVC @ NBT Jam Session. 9pm onwards
Venue: No Black Tie. Check out www.noblacktie.com.my for details.
Tickets: 2 drink minimum cover.

3/8 (Wed) Michael Veerapen Quartet. 9:30pm
Venue: Forbidden City KL. Check out www.forbiddencitykl.com for details.

More updates coming soon! Please do stay tuned. And many thanks for your support!

Gigs updates – May 2016

Hi all,

I hope everyone is well. The past 4 months had been a seriously off-the-charts busy period for me. January to March 2016 was a mix of private functions, jam sessions, big band show, concerts with WVC (ours own and with others) locally and out-of-town, arranging horns for several album recording sessions, my teaching classes (both privately and in UCSI) and others. It was just non-stop!

April showed a bit of slow down, with the end of the semester in university, a short holiday with the lady, and performing with the MPO, a George Gershwin & Leonard Bernstein programme, aptly named RHAPSODY IN BLUE. I have a few days off before May arrives.

But May onward is set to be another busy season! My band WVC will be making a comeback after a brief hiatus with a vengeance. From Shakespeare to KL Swing festival, our schedule is filling up like crazy. Anyway, here’s a brief update on my performance schedule. I hope you can make for some of it, if not all:

May 2016 Performance Dates:

May 1st (Sun) : International Jazz Day Jam Session @ Bobo KL. 6pm onwards, no cover.
Bobo KL: https://www.facebook.com/BoboKualaLumpur/?fref=ts

May 2nd (Mon) : NBT Jam Session w/ WVC. 9pm onwards, 2 drinks minimum charge.
No Black Tie: http://noblacktie.com.my/shows/nbt-jam-session-with-wvc/

May 8th (Sun) : WVC “DO NOT GO GENTLY” album launch. 1pm. Starmount Studios.

May 19-22nd (Thu-Sun) : WVC & KLPac presents Shakespeare & Jazz – “If Music Be The Food Of Love, Jazz On.” 8:30pm & Sunday 3pm, Pentas 2, KL Performing Arts Centre.
KLPAC: http://www.klpac.org/if-music-be-the-food-of-love-jazz-on-concert-19-22-may/
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/849660368479154/

May 22 (Sun) : MJQ (Malaysia-Japan Quartet) @ No Black Tie. 9pm onwards, RM60 cover.
No Black Tie: http://noblacktie.com.my/shows/mjq-3/

May 27-29 (Fri-Sun) : World Lindy Hop Day – KL SEA Jam (music by WVC). 7pm.
KL SEA Jam: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seajam/

May 31 (Tue) : WVC featuring Nadia @ Geographer’s Cafe Jonker Walk. 8:30pm.
Geographer’s Cafe Jonker Walk: http://www.geographer.com.my/

That’s it for May…June’s also going to be a killer month, but more on that soon. Hope you can make it to some if not all the shows! See you!

JC

DiverseCity 2015 – ASEAN Jazz Festival 2015

First off, please pardon my lack of updates on my website, especially in the blog section. However, I do update my Twitter and Facebook a lot more, so do please check my FB page when you can, for more recent updates.

Secondly, I’d like to talk about the festival I just performed at with my band, WVC – the ASEAN Jazz & Percussion Festival. It was one of the the festivals under the month-long DiverseCity Arts Festival 2015 (www.diversecity.my), held at one of Desa Sri Hartamas’ longest running F&B outlets, SOULed OUT. Of course, the music portion for this festival was curated by one of Malaysia’s most respected musician/pianist/composer/arranger, and the head-of-state for jazz in this country, Michael Veerapen. Naturally, as a jazz musician at heart, the ASEAN Jazz and Percussion Festival (as well as the No Black Tie and Alexis Sessions) would be his pet projects for this festival.

I remember having this conversation with Michael over teh-tarik about him wanting to put up a city-wide, month-long festival that would encompass the entire arts community in KL – dance, music, comedy, theatre, etc. Goes without saying, it would have been a MAJOR undertaking. And guess what? He did it! Despite facing a major setback in sponsorship cut, he managed to save a big part of the Festival – the Pub Festival, Alexis & No Black Tie Sessions, and of course the Jazz & Percussion Festival. I would’ve loved to see the KL Pops Symphony concert though.

Having worked with Michael for quite a while now, I am very well aware of his style of doing things. With no exception, this festival stays true to Michael’s quality of work, and I’m quite sure the other bands would testify to that too. He managed to put together a really great show together – from the artiste line-up to the technical part of the team (sound, lights, backline, etc). You want to know how easy it was for us for WVC? We went up for soundcheck, and it only took us 20 minutes to finish it! Everything was so smooth, the sound mix, EQs and monitoring were all done so well in such a short period of time.  As far as WVC was concerned, the sound mixing was good enough that we could almost make full use of our dynamic range that we have in our tunes, comfortably.

The festival itself, was a blast, for both the audience and the performers, from what I have observed. Overall, there were all the necessary elements a festival of this kind needed – food, drinks, a relaxing open air ambience, great sound, and awesome emcee in the form of Malaysian’s jazz mamma, Junji Delfino, (who also managed to sing a few tunes, standing in for Dasha Logan) and of course, a really good programming of performances. Practically every detail was taken care of, down to the screen projectors that were placed so systematically so that people at different parts of the restaurant could watch the show. The programming of the performers were also done with great thought, and each band put up one hell of a show (including us, of course!). It was a real JAZZ festival, at least in my books! Even though the acts that were invited to play all had their own strong musical identities, we all had one thing in common – JAZZ. Enough said. All the bands that played were amazing – The Steve Nanda Group (with Patrick Terbrack on sax, WeiLi Cheah on keys and Daniel Foong on bass), Singaporean group The Steve McQueens (with my buddy Fabian Lim on sax, Joshua Wan on keys, Eugenia Yip on vocals, Aaron James Lee on drums, and Jase Sng on bass), and of course Koh Mr. Saxman and the Sounds of Siam (Uhh, I won’t even bother trying to list out their band members Thai names). I had such a great time watching and listening all of them play. I’m also glad to call them my friends, as well, as I do know all of them personally.

I’ve mentioned it on FB and all that, but I’ll say it right here again: The ASEAN Jazz Festival was one of the best jazz festivals I’ve played in KL, or in Malaysia, in a very long time. I’ve played in many festivals before whether with WVC or other bands, but this tops the list of one of the best, if not the best.

Congratulations, Michael Veerapen and his team, for putting up such a wonderful and successful event, and also inviting WVC to be part of it! I personally hope this will be able to continue and grow in the following years to come.

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!!

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.

 

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!

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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!

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!

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!

July gig update #1:

July is a crazy month of sorts for me, something I definitely consider a blessing (since I know it can be quiet for some, in this auspicious fasting month….Selamat Menyambut Ramadhan, my Muslim friends!).

I’ll start off with the first gig update for this month:

JEREMY MONTEIRO & JASMINE CHEN: SHANGHAI JAZZ PROJECT (with Tama Goh on drums, Julian Chan on saxophones and special guest Ren YuQing on bass).

Hello all,

I’ll be performing tomorrow night, July 5th, at the newly launched SingJazz Club (formerly known as Sultan Jazz Club) with Jeremy Monteiro and Jasmine Chen for the Shanghai Jazz Project. There will be two shows, one at 7:15pm and one at 10pm. Ticketing details are as written in the poster and also the event page.

To my SG friends or my other friends in SG, if you can make it, I would love to see you there.

Thanks for the support!

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