MONICA SIU SHADES OF JAZZ “Latin Ensemble” 2015
Was pleased to play with a wonderful group of Vancouver’s finest musicians. They played my MONICA SIU Swing and Bossa Nova compositions beautifully and true to my intention when I composed the songs. They also played my fun arrangements Latin Pop and Latin Funk tunes the way I envisioned it. These guys are some serious players around town, and I’m very thankful I could have them for the show. Thank you so much for your best efforts and talents: Trumpeter Adrian Smith, Saxophonist Brent Mah, Drummer Carlos Vajeros, Bassist Graham Clark, Saxophonist John Awrey Lund, Guitarist Yujiro Nakajima (pictured rehearsal guitarist Alan Ruiz). Let’s keep Original Jazz music, Jazz, and Latin Jazz alive in Vancouver CANADA!
MONICA SIU “ALIVE” CD Release
WONDERFUL TIME AT MONICA SIU “ALIVE” CD Release Show – Year End 2014
PRIVILEGED TO HAVE MY SONG “Christmas All Through The Year DELUXE VERSION” played on Canadian Radio Stations during Christmas 2014 and 2015
FUN WITH CANSING KIDS listening to the song we recorded together
ASIA PROMO OF MONICA SIU “Alive” CD – Japan and Hong Kong
JAPAN “Alive” CD Promo and making friends
HONG KONG “Alive” CD Promo
PLAYING MONICA SIU Original Jazz Compositions with “All Star Dream Team” of world class musicians.
Thank you so much Daniel LaVelle, Mike Carr, Carlos Vieira, Almond Yeung, Angus Gomm for your time and how beautifully you breathed life into my songs! Looking forward to coming back to Hong Kong and doing a show with you all!
WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET FELLOW VANCOUVER MUSICIAN WHO IS BASED IN HONG KONG: Wonderfully talented and kindly Pianist/Musician extraordinaire TED LO. He played with Bossa Nova singer Astrud Gilberto for 3 years in New York and by mistake I asked him if he played Latin. He was so wonderfully kind in his reply: “Well, yes I do play some…”. And he still kindly introduced me to my “All Star Dream Team” of musicians to meet and jam with! 🙂
PERFORMING AND INTRODUCING MY MONICA SIU “ALIVE” CD and MONICA SIU SHADES OF JAZZ Originals in several Hong Kong venues.
MEETING UP WITH OLD FRIENDS AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS IN HONG KONG
Time flies and it’s been a very busy new year. A picture summary of the process of recording, editing, mixing and mastering my first CD!!! Started in Fall 2014 finished and had the ALIVE CD release Show Nov 2014, and then back into the studio to complete 2 DELUXE VERSION songs. I also spent early 2015 in Japan and Hong Kong promoting my music. Will update posts as soon as possible.
Although primarily a Jazz musician (pianist, singer, composer, bandleader), my roots are Singer-Songwriter. I released this CD as during my MONICA SIU Shades of Jazz Shows I would include some of the Pop/Adult Contemporary songs as something different. The positive response and request for copies of the songs prompted me to record. I’m thankful that the songs have touched many of you, and the show attendees. Thank you!!! The CD is available on: CD BABY: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/monicasiu
Was privileged to have one of my songs “Christmas All Through The Year DELUXE VERSION” on Canadian Radio stations this Christmas. Happy that as a songwriter I can encourage and energize people with my songs.
Picture Summary takes you through the production of the ALIVE CD – Written by and Produced by myself Monica Siu. From laying down piano tracks, recording vocals, recording parts with Vancouver’s finest musicians: Vancouver Opera’s Concertmaster Mark Ferris, Guitarist Jimmy Baldwin, Drummer Daniel Ruiz, Bassist Alex Kelley, Cellist Michelle Faehrmann. Deluxe track also included recording the children from CanSing Children’s Choir. Thorough job of editing and mixing with Co-Producer Georges Couling of Knuckleduster Music Inc, to final mastering with Greg Michael of Suite Sound Labs.
Enjoy the picture summary!!!
GREAT FIRST RECORDING DAY! MONICA SIU “Alive” Project has begun!! Laying down Piano and Vocal Tracks in preparation for the session musicians who will come in to do the Bass and Drum Parts. So excited!!!
PRE-RECORDING PREP: RECORDING MY FIRST CD “ALIVE” Project!
Was fun day laying down “guide piano” and “guide vocal” tracks. Will be doing much more playing and singing soon!
Another wonderful God given moment in New York!! Went to ask multiple Grammy award winner Arturo O’Farrill for a meeting to hear my music. Not only did we meet and listen to my music, and besides telling me he liked my music, he served tea and we chatted about life! He was so kind and encouraging, and I will work harder as a result of that. Realizing, some of the most accomplished people are also the most generous, open and kind! Thanks Arturo!
GREAT MEMORIES: SOLD OUT SHOW! MONICA SIU Latin Jazz Ensemble “Summer Samba” Show
We made really good Latin Jazz that night! Bossa Nova classic, energizing Samba songs, and some MONICA SIU original Bossa Nova songs!
YouTube of one of our fun songs! Can’t wait to play with these wonderful gentlemen again! ENJOY!