Monday, January 5, 2015

New year, new performances!

Date/Time: 11/1/14 (Sunday) 3pm 
Venue: Toccata Studio 
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.

Gerry Hemingway - Drum Set, Composer
Sarah Weaver - Composer 

Gerry Hemingway’s solo concert program will premiere two new solo works composed by Sarah Weaver along with a selection of acoustic works that are from the vast solo repertoire Mr. Hemingway has developed over the past 40 years.

Date and Time: 20 January 2015, 8.30pm
Venue: Toccata Studio, 19B ,SS2/55, 47300 PJ
Admission: minimum donation RM30
Contact: 016-3618504

This performance is co-organized with KLEX KL Experimental Film and Video Festival 

Partially supported by Pro Helvetia, Liminal Music Inc.
photo credit: Erika Kapin Photography

POLKA • PLAYGROUND is returning to Toccata Studio this 23rd January! 

NG CHOR GUAN (theremin and laptop)
JIMMY CHONG aka JIMMY ZHAI (percussion)

Date/Time: 23/1/2015 (Friday), 8.30pm
Venue: Toccata Studio
Admission by min donation: RM30

Call/text 016-3618504 to reserve your seats now!