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© 2016 by WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble

About WVC

Drawing inspiration from the many facets of modern life influenced by Malaysian and other Asian cultures, the music of WVC 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”, “Lost in Different Time Zone”, “Waiting for That Day”  try 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 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 has brought its music to many corners of Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Macau. In one of these tours, the quartet managed to travel extensively over 18 cities and performed 23 concerts within a month, using different means of transportation, playing in many different types of venues. In 2018, WVC traveled the west coast of Malaysia peninsula and completed a ten stops concert tour, fulfilling our aspirations of bringing the music to the people.

WVC has six instrumental albums - “WVC TRiO” (2008), “ELEVEN” (2009), “In the Dark, I See Her” (2011) and “Waiting For That Day” (2014)  “Do Not Go Gently” (2016) and “Give Thy Ear” (2018) 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 much mainstream music into new jazz re-arrangements, in the spirit of the great jazz musicians of old. WVC has been spearheading a series of concert talks that combined Jazz music and Literature. “Listen to the Songs of Wind: Murakami and Jazz” explored the fiction world of renown Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s works, and Jazz music. “If Music Be The Food of Love, Jazz On” is a series of concert talks linking the art of the Bard: William Shakespeare’s words and Jazz music. “Seketika Sebelum Merdeka” is a series of historical anecdotes of pre- independent Malaya and music from that era, reimagined with the unique WVC’s touch.

Working with various notable Malaysian and international Singers and Performers has given WVC the credentials as the best working partners, either in live performances, concerts or album production. Notably: Janet Lee (Restless Heart 2015, Cinnabar Rogue 2017), Lydia Chew (Songbook 2015, Jz8 2009), Chew Paulwah (Time 2010), Winnie Ho (Decadent Sound of Teresa Teng 2012, Bloom 2013), Yang Wei Han (Yao Min 2013), Yudi (Kopi Susu 2014, Kopi Susu Revisited 2017), Zyan (Brasileiro 2011, Traveling 2019), Various Singers (Listen to the Wind: Pay Fong Centenary Album 2013), Li Sasha from Taiwan (Taipei Stories, 2015), Jasmine Chen, Valtinho Anastacio, Michael Simon and more.

WVC has been invited to appear in many festivals in the region such as Taichung Jazz Festival, Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival, Phuket International Jazz Festival, UCSI International Jazz Fest, Tianjin International Jazz Fest, Macau International Jazz Week, Tianjin May Music Festival, KL Arts Fest, JB Arts Festivals, Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival, Borneo Jazz Festival, Singapore Hua Yi Festival, Chiangmai Jazz Festival, Hatyai Jazz Festivals, and many others. In addition, the band has played extensively in the Malaysian local jazz clubs, from No Black Tie, Alexis, Nero Fico, Bobo KL, (the now defunct) Venue, and more. WVC was invited to perform at the TedX Petaling Street in 2018 to standing ovation.

In 2015 WVC successfully hosted two nights of sold out concerts at KLPac on June 24-25, to critical acclaims. These concerts featured Malaysian talents from different art scenes: Photographer Wong Horng Yih, Videographer Tan Choo Harn, Master Calligrapher Tan Guat Bee, Odissi dancer Michelle Jueney, Performance Artist Chong Keat Aun, Contemporary Dancer Leo Yap, Choreographer Sae Min, and singers. These concerts marked another milestone for WVC in the Malaysian jazz scene, and garnered 10 nominations at the prestigious Boh-Kakiseni Cameronian Arts Awards, with Three wins:

BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE – INSTRUMENTAL

BEST GROUP ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE – INSTRUMENTAL

BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION

 

WVC was invited to appear in the Hollywood blockbuster: Crazy Rich Asians (2018) to play themselves: a real jazz band playing at the Mansion’s party scene. WVC was seen together with Shanghai chanteuse Jasmine Chen.

 

The present incarnation of the WVC 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 jazz bands in Malaysia for Hi-Fi recordings and live performances.