Monday, December 28, 2009

New Directions

      There are some new directions for me in my tattered path in music in year 2010. Recently I'm working closely with an indie label Music Toxin, and even came up with an idea of recording some excellent talents we have here in Malaysia. We have many talented classical pianists who are well known in the international stages, and there has not been a record company that are interested in documenting their voices. The record companies seem to be more interested in some male version of Vanessa May, or something like that. Not to blame them since they are in the business to make money. Prelude with techno beatz played by scantily clad violinist (male!) sure will make more money than Chopin played in the way it is supposed to be played.

Thus I will be producing a series of piano recordings by our local talents in 2010. So far I've approached several pianists in Malaysia. They all showed tremendous interest in this project, and first recording session is scheduled in the first week of 2010! What a great way to start a new decade!

       Secondly, I've been working with Chui Ling on this project called JZ 8, for Pop Pop Music. We cover some memorable Chinese pop songs in jazz style. I am happy to announce that we are at the last leg of the recording, and it should be scheduled to be released in Feb 2010. This project has been going on for almost a year, due to both our hectic schedules. Chui Ling is the most sought after back-up vocalist in the international scene, thus she has to fly all over the world to sing back up for many big names in the music scene. The studio that we are recording in wasn't ready and was way past the due date. But finally, we are about to complete the meat of the whole project. Can't wait to hold the CD in my hand!


 Thirdly, I became a part of this vocal quartet plus piano trio group called Caipifruta (after a song that I wrote, recorded in our WVC TRiO + 1 album EVELEN). We are still pretty much in the beginning of a relationship, but I am looking forward to write more for this group, as it is another challenge to my ability as a composer and arranger. Gambate!

I'll be damn busy, that's for sure. I guess I need to be busy.

Hello 2010.



maggielurva 愛美姬 said...

here's to a wonderful 2010 for all of us, let's toast!

Cher Siang said...

Yam Seng!

Thanks Maggielurva. Looking forward to all the exciting projects.

Eric Ho said...

Hi Cher Siang,

I am writing to tell you that you have a new fan! I heard you play for the first time during your performance last month at Dewan Sri Pinang during the Christmas show.

I'm a bit of an amateur musician, having had some training as a pianist. You are very very good! And I do hope you continue recording songs and keep people like me updated through your blog, of your new releases. I'll certainly be encouraging my friends to listen to your work. I bought two of your CDs and hope you'll release many more. It is unfortunate that I will not be able to attend your concerts.

Perhaps you would consider making your music available in Mp3 format through online download sites like Amazon or Google Checkout?

Best wishes for 2010.

Cher Siang said...


Thanks so much for the email. That was certainly very encouraging!

I will look into the matter, as to prepare my songs in MP3 format to be available online.
Will certainly keep you update on my blog about my performances schedule. In fact there might be an exclusive concert of my band in Penang, perhaps in March. I am still talking to Jasmin about organizing this.

Hear felt thanks to you, to take time to write.
Wish you all the best in all your endeavors.