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Gig Updates – July/Aug 2016


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!

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


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

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

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



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

Gig Updates – May 2014

Hi everyone,

I hope the first quarter of the year have been good to you so far. We’re almost nearing the middle of the year (oh, how time flies!!). Thank God that I’m still being kept busy with work, and I’m not slowing down anytime soon.

Here are some gig updates for the month of May. There are some shows happening, but for the most part, I’ll be away on tour (for a whole month) with my band WVC TRiO +1 for the second half of May until the first half of June. I hope you can catch some of my shows before then. So here it goes:

2/5 (Friday) – The Julian Chan Organ Quartet @ Room-8, Moon Bar. 9:30pm, no cover.

This will be an interesting show, as it will be a debut of an organ quartet I’m putting together for this Friday. We will be playing a few standards and some organ-based funky material. This Organ Quartet will feature Ee Jeng (organ), KJ Wong (drums), myself on saxophone, and introducing an up-and-coming young guitarist Ho Chee Seng.

4/5 (Sunday) – No Black Tie Jazz Jam Session with WVC TRiO +1. 9:30pm, no cover.

12/5 – 12/6 – WVC TRiO +1: Waiting For That Day ASIA TOUR 2014.

This will be the second tour around Asia with this line-up, and with the help of the Royal Gala Arts Fund and MyPAA, we are able to do a more extensive tour around China and other parts of Asia. In total, we will be traveling to 17 cities in the span of one month – 15 in China, and ending with one show in Macau and one show in Bangkok, Thailand. This tour will also be documented by our good friend and video/photographer Tan Choo Harn, as well as Wong Horngyih.

This will also be our first tour with our latest album (out May 4th), WVC TRiO+1: WAITING FOR THAT DAY, the fourth album for the band (the first for this line up of musicians: Tay Cher Siang – piano, Julian Chan – sax, AJ Popshuvit – bass, and KJ Wong – drums).

(Tour schedule to be announced shortly)

I hope you will be able to make it some of our shows. If you’re around China and we happen to be in your city, I hope you can make it for our shows there, too.

Gig Updates – April 2014

Hi everyone. Here are some confirmed gig dates for April 2014. Do check the Upcoming Performances calendar link to find out more:

9/4 (Wed) – Shanghai Jazz with Yudi Yap and WVC TRiO+1 @ No Black Tie. 9:30pm, RM60 cover (student cover applies).

21/4 (Mon) – WVC TRiO+1 @ No Black Tie. 9:30pm. RM40 cover (student cover applies)

28/4 (Mon) – WVC TRiO+1 featuring Bruce Hurn (trumpet) @ No Black Tie. 9:30pm. RM40 cover (student cover applies).

30/4 (Wed) – INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY : World Heritage Concert and Livestream with WVC TRiO+1 @ (venue tbc) Melaka. 8:15pm.

In conjunction with International Jazz Day, Malaysian Jazz band WVC TRiO +1 is performing a concert in Melaka, the UNESCO Heritage City. WVC TRiO +1 will perform their original compositions and standards, together with singer Janet Lee. The concert will be hosted in a beautiful traditional house.

This will also be a fundraiser concert for three charity organizations – Pertubuhan Hospis Melaka, Melaka Cancer Society and National Cancer Society of Malaysia.

Int’l Jazz Day website: http://jazzday.com/?event-country=malaysia&event-year=2014
Livestream website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wvc-trio-1


I hope you can make it to some of the shows, if not all. Thanks!

Support live Jazz in Malaysia!

Gig update – Feb 2014

Hi all,

First off, let me please wish all of you a Happy Lunar (Chinese) New Year 2014. It’s the year of the Horse, which could mean a lot of things, but if I get my clairvoyance skills right, it’s gonna be one heck of a fast paced year (heck, which year isn’t). But let’s keep the music playing!

Looks like I’ve got some dates lined up this month! So here goes:

8, 9/2 (Sat 8pm & Sun 3pm) – “I’m In The Mood For Love – Stephen Rahman-Hughes and MPO” @ Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

20/2 (Thu) – WVC Trio+1 @ No Black Tie, 9:30pm onwards. Cover charge applies. (TBC)

21, 22/2 (Fri & Sat) – WVC Trio+1 feat. Alemay Fernadez @ No Black Tie. 10pm onwards. Cover charge applies.

Hope to see you at some of the shows. Nothing like some exciting gigs to get the lunar new year started.

Support live music in Malaysia!

Gig updates – Dec 2013

Hi all,

December is right around the corner, and I gotta say….2013 is passing by like a flash! Where did the time go???

Anyway, I was expecting December to be a rather quiet month, but it seems that may not be the case. I’ve been getting some gig bookings along the way, and I’d like to share them with you. If you can make it for some of it, your presence would be much appreciated! So here goes:

7/12 Sonor Day with SONOR artiste Martin Ngim (details forthcoming)

9/12 (Mon) Janet Lee & WVC Trio+1 “Cabaret and Shanghai Jazz” – Live at No Black Tie.

13/12 (Fri) Jazz Jam Session in UPM Music Dept, with WVC Trio+1

17/12 (Tue) WVC Trio+1 – Live at No Black Tie

19/12 (Thu) WVC Trio+1 and Janet Lee – Live at Geographer’s Cafe, Melaka

28/12 (Sat) Jeff Chang Tour Concert in Nanjing, CHINA.

It’s going to be a fun end of the year, and there will be a lot more interesting stuff that will happen next year as well. I’m looking forward to it.

Hope to see you at some of the shows!

Thanks for following.


Gig updates – Oct & Nov 2013

Hi all!

Greetings from Hualien, Taiwan. I’m here in Taiwan, for the Taichung Jazz Festival which happens this weekend. I’ll be performing with the WVC Trio+1 featuring Winnie Ho : The Jazzy Sounds of Teresa Teng. But meanwhile, we’re here a few days earlier before the festival to hang about and sight-see a little of Taipei and Hualien.

Anyway, now with some good internet connection, I just want to announce a few gig updates for this month and next month (and hopefully more on the way), so here’s a brief synopsis:

25 & 26 Oct (Fri & Sat): Valtinho Anastascio, Tay Cher Siang and Friends (I just got roped in last minute!) @ No Black Tie.

26 Oct (Sat afternoon): WVC Trio+1 with Winnie Ho – TEDxPetalingStreet

6 Nov (Wed): The Julian Chan New Quartet @ No Black Tie

7 Nov (Thu): Teriver Cheung/Julian Chan Quartet @ No Black Tie

8 Nov (Fri): Teriver Cheung/Julian Chan Quartet @ The Jazz Room @Moon Bar.

I’m looking forward to play some seriously fun music over these two months. We hope you will join me in partaking in this fun as well! Hope to see you at some of the gigs.

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!!