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 (2010 +2013), Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival (2010,2011,2012,2013), Phuket International Jazz Festival (2011), UCSI International Jazz Festival (2011), Tianjin International Jazz Fest (2012), Macau International Jazz Week (2011, 2012), Tianjin May Music Festival (2013) and many others. In addition, the band has played extensively in the Malaysian local jazz clubs, from No Black Tie, Alexis, Nero Fico, (the now defunct) Venue, and many others.
Spearheading the musical education locally and abroad, WVC TRiO +1 also conducted various workshops in Jazz and music in general in a few music education establishments over the years. Just to name a few: Tianjin Music Conservatory, UCSI, UPM, KK Music Festival, Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival and more.
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 jazz bands in Malaysia for Hi-Fi recordings and live performances.
In 2014, WVC TRiO +1 has been performing intensely in the Premium Jazz club in Kuala Lumpur, No Black Tie, for the three consecutive months, leading up to their first online streaming concert on March 4th, receiving great responses from audience all over the world (check website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wvc-trio-1). Their second online streaming concert was be in conjunction with the Unesco International Jazz Day on April 30th 2014, host by the Hospice Melaka. This concert was presented live on the internet, and also in front of an invited audience inside a historical Malaccan house.
A monthly podcast programs highlight the community outreach programs that WVC TRiO +1 is doing. Every month, the members of the band talked about their passion in music, life, and many other things. (http://wvctrioplusone.podbean.com/)
A much awaited fourth full length album has just been released: Waiting For That Day, consists of 12 original compositions:
- Waiting for That Day
- What is This Feeling
- Lost in Different Time Zone
- Moon and the City Light
- Diving Into the Dark –Interlude
- Cat on Catnip
- Sea Outside My Window
- May I Hold Your Hand
- A Walk to Remember
- Diving Into the Dark- Epilogue
- Walking Into the Sunset
- The Art of the Wind Up Alarm Clock
The recording was done in Starmount Studio with Alex Tan on helm, using the highest possible configuration in digital recording. With the release of the album, WVC TRiO +1 will go on a one month tour to China, Macau and Thailand. They will travel to 17 cities: Hangzhou, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Changsha, Chenzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shunde, Macau, and Bangkok.
More tours are coming up, including East Asia tour of Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan; and a Malaysia tour. These tours are partly funded by MyPaa (My Performing Arts Agency) and the Royal Arts Gala Funds 2013.
Waiting For That Day is sold at RM40. Get your very own copy now No Black Tie, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to Like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wvctrioplusone for more updates!