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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.

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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: 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!

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.

WVC TRiO+1 Live (again!) at No Black Tie – 4 Sept 2013

WVC Trio NBT 040913

 

Nuff said! LOL!

IIf you’ve missed our show last week, do come and make this one. If you didn’t, do come again and see what kind of interesting stuff we’d come up with this time! Lol!

And last week, we had some really special guests performing with us on the fly, and I believe this Wed, we might have some other guests, too! So, all I can say is that it’s gonna be a night of fun!

Music starts 9:30pm onwards, cover RM40 (students RM25 – no excuse to not make it!).

Hope to see you there!

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!

WVC Trio +1 China Tour 2013: Log Entry #1

Greetings from Tianjin, China, our first stop in our WVC Trio +1 China Tour 2013.

It’s been a fun trip so far, and we are here for quite a few days, from the 23rd till the 24th of May, where we will leave for Shanghai and stay for a night, then to Suzhou to play our second show. Our hosts in Tianjin had been more than gracious and generous (albeit a little disorganized with the program), treating us quite well, especially in the feeding part. As like our previous trips to China, we got to try all sorts of different dishes that you probably wouldn’t find back home (mine being the vegetarian variety, while my mates eat EVERYTHING else). And it’s not just the kinds of food, but also the amount. Talk about ridiculously large portions, and many dishes, too. I think we feel really bad that a lot of it would go to waste, simply because it was too much to finish.

The music part of it was fun, too. Our concert went well, relatively responsive and good attendance by a lot of students from the Tianjin Conservatory. We got to do some workshops and master classes as well. In addition, we also got to meet with one of the faculty of the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), trumpeter and educator, Joe Parisi. He is there to shape up the Conservatory Big Band to perform a few big band pieces for their show (which takes place tonight, at the time of writing). Also, we may get to meet and watch one of the most killer saxophone quartets in the world, the Prism Saxophone Quartet. Our band will also do a short set of our songs, and Joe Parisi will also join us for two tunes tonight, so it’s going to be lots of fun.

Good start to the trip. Looking forward to the rest of our shows in China!

Till the next post.

Later.

(PS: this post is available, courtesy of VPN and also the hotel wifi, LOL!)