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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!!!!!)

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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: The Julian Chan New Quartet @ No Black Tie

Hi all,

Sorry it’s a little last minute, although this gig has been confirmed for a while, but here it is anyway! I’ve got two performance dates with my New Quartet this month at No Black Tie – 16th (TODAY!!!) and 30th July, both on Tuesday nights. Do come by and hang out with us and enjoy our music.

Here’s our gig poster. All the details are there.

 

Julian Chan New Quartet July 16-30 NBT

 

We hope to catch you at one of the shows, and do tell your friends!!

Gig update: Julian Chan New Quartet featuring Teriver Cheung (guitar)

Hi all,

A bit of a late update, but we hope you could still make it for the show, tomorrow night!

My quartet, the Julian Chan New Quartet, will be performing tomorrow night at the Jazz Room @ Moon Bar from 9.30pm. It’s been a while since our last gig as a quartet, so here we are! In addition, we’ve got a special treat: we’ve got a good friend and special guest Teriver Cheung playing with us on guitars.

JC Quartet-Teriver

The Julian Chan New Quartet is:

Julian Chan – saxophones
Justin Lim – piano
KJ Wong – drums
Tan Jen Wei – double bass

And special guest Teriver Cheung on guitars.

THE JULIAN CHAN NEW QUARTET featuring TERIVER CHEUNG

Venue: The Jazz Room @ Moon Bar, Plaza Damansara
Date and Time: Friday 5 July 2013, 9:30pm onwards.
Admission: FREE

Again, admission to the Moon bar is FREE, so you have no excuse in not making it! But do support the venue by getting drinks and food, to keep the place running, so you will be able to see more bands and acts playing there.

Hope to see you there.

Support live music and live jazz in Malaysia!