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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!

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!

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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WVC TRiO+1 “WAITING FOR THAT DAY” Album Launch!

IT’S TONIGHT!!

WVC Trio + 1 June 24 NBT

It’s finally here!

The band’s latest album WAITING FOR THAT DAY is finally out. Although it has taken two years for this album to finally come out, it was an extremely fruitful two years – with new music brewing for that duration of time with a relatively new line up.

Fresh from our return from a one-month long tour of China, Macau and Bangkok, we are excited to finally present our album to our Malaysian friends, officially! Hence, we would like to officially welcome you to this special occasion, happening next week on Tuesday, June 24th, at KL’s premier jazz club NO BLACK TIE!

Like most of our shows, we definitely have no shortage of surprises (even we don’t know what kind of surprises could appear, sometimes!), so come to expect the unexpected. And of course, you can get a copy (or more) of our CDs at the show, and just hang out with the band.

We welcome you to a night of good music, photos, videos, some on-stage conversations, and to be among a good company of friends (and even family).

WVC TRiO+1 is:

Tay Cher Siang – piano/composer/bandleader
Julian Chan – alto and soprano saxophones
AJ Popshuvit – bass
KJ Wong – drums.

Special thanks to No Black Tie for helping to make this happen.

Date: 24 June 2014
Time: 9:30pm onwards
Cover: RM40 (maybe there’s student cover too..?)

We really hope to see most, if not all of you there. Thank you for your support!

WVC WFTD Album Cover

WVC TRiO+1 China Tour 2014: the story so far…

Hi all,

This is Julian reporting live from Home Hostels, Beijing! As I’m writing this, we are bunking in a hostel dorm where the five of us – Cher Siang, AJ, KJ, Choo Harn and myself – are bunking in the same room, for once.

We are on our ninth day, from our one-month long tour of China. So far, we have been to four cities and have done four performances, and we’ve got another fourteen to go. It’s been very interesting so far, to say the least.

Over the last nine days, we have performed at the following clubs in their respective cities:

1. JZ Club (Hangzhou)
2. Blank Space (Changzhou)
3. Wuxi Xie Tu Lu Bar (Wuxi)
4. JZ Club (Shanghai)

The trip has been interesting, and also quite challenging. Unlike the more high profile tours I’ve been on, this one (and the ones I’ve been on) is a lot more closer to the ground, where we are quite literally “on-the-road” – we have taken local transportation (buses, taxis, high-speed trains, hired vans, domestic flights) and stayed in their budget hotels/motels (Jin Jiang Inn, Hostels International, Motel 268), ate their local food (both of the street variety and more luxurious ones, thanks to some really good friends who hosted us) and walked around on foot from one place to another, whether it’s getting food or going to our performance venue. All of this while lugging around really heavy backpacks and also instruments.

Of all the four places we’ve played so far, JZ Club Shanghai was probably the most satisfying one in more ways than one. The rest were generally alright, but always had something that was a bit of a compromise, whether it was sound, equipment, and also the crowd. In some places, the crowd was good, but the equipment and sound wasn’t, or the venue itself was somewhat not as suitable for our kind of music. On the other hand, some venues were nice, but the crowd was not so happening. But I think it was somewhat understandable, Shanghai is a much more developed city compared to the rest, and the people in the other cities are still somewhat “catching up”.

We’ve also had the pleasure of the company of really nice, gracious and interesting people over the past week. Our good friend and brother-in-arms and photographer extraordinaire, Wong Horngyih, also joined us for a week until the Shanghai show and took some amazing shots of the shows (not to mention a lot of humour and stories on the side). We also reconnected with our hosts from the previous tour, Gugu (Wuxi) and also Yang Chen aka Chester Yang (Shanghai). What’s also interesting personally was that I got to meet up with Singapore legends – pianist Jeremy Monteiro and drummer Tama Goh, of whom I have the pleasure to consider good friends and mentors – during their tour with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra here in China. Definitely was a good hangout session as well.

Anyhow, we have quite a few more cities and shows to do over the next three weeks. I will report a little more as we go along. If I have time and adequate internet connection, I may post some photos.

Meanwhile, if you would like to keep yourself updated with little blurbs on the tour, please follow us on Twitter (@wvctrio) and Facebook (wwww.facebook.com/wvctrioplusone).

[CONCERT] INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY: WVC TRiO+1 and JANET LEE – WORLD HERITAGE CITY CHARITY JAZZ CONCERT

 

WVC TRiO+1 proudly presents:

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WVC TRiO +1 and Janet Lee: 
WORLD HERITAGE CITY CHARITY JAZZ CONCERT IN CONJUNCTION WITH UNESCO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 30 APRIL 2014.

This concert will be a fundraiser concert for the following charity bodies: National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Melaka Cancer Society and Melaka Hospice Association. In addition, this concert will also be streamed live online at: www.ustream.tv/channel/wvc-trio-1.

The concert starts at 8:15pm (Kuala Lumpur Standard Time)


WVC TRiO +1 is:

Tay Cher Siang – piano
Julian Chan – saxophones
AJ Popshuvit – bass
Kj Wong – drums

and featuring Janet Lee on vocals.