MONICA SIU JAZZ MUSICIAN and MONICA SIU SHADES OF JAZZ

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!

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MONICA SIU “ALIVE” CD Release Show and ASIA PROMO

MONICA SIU  “ALIVE” CD Release

WONDERFUL TIME AT MONICA SIU “ALIVE” CD Release Show – Year End 2014

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PRIVILEGED TO HAVE MY SONG “Christmas All Through The Year DELUXE VERSION” played on Canadian Radio Stations during Christmas 2014 and 2015

 

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FUN WITH CANSING KIDS listening to the song we recorded together

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ASIA PROMO OF MONICA SIU “Alive” CD – Japan and Hong Kong

JAPAN “Alive” CD  Promo and making friends

 

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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!

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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!  🙂

 

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PERFORMING AND INTRODUCING MY MONICA SIU “ALIVE” CD and MONICA SIU SHADES OF JAZZ Originals in several Hong Kong venues.  

 

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MEETING UP WITH OLD FRIENDS AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS IN HONG KONG

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UPDATE: CATCHING UP ON POSTINGS: Monica Siu “ALIVE” CD Summary – Fall 2014 to New Year

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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!!!

NEW YORK MOMENTS! Meeting Grammy Winning Arturo O’Farrill

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!

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GREAT MEMORIES: SOLD OUT SHOW! MONICA SIU Latin Jazz Ensemble “Summer Samba” Show

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!

 

 

SOLD OUT SHOW! MONICA SIU Latin Jazz Ensemble “Summer Samba” Show was a great show

SOLD OUT SHOW!  MONICA SIU Latin Jazz Ensemble “Summer Samba” Show was a great show!

Have loved Latin Jazz for a long long time!  Started out with Bossa Nova classics such as Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Girl From Ipanema”, “Corcovado”etc.  As I deepened my love for Latin Jazz, I started writing my own  MONICA SIU Bossa Novas!   Of course my study of Latin Jazz will continue through my life, and I try to learn from Latin Jazz Divas such as Brazil’s own Tania Maria and Eliane Elias.  They have spent their lifetimes living and playing Latin Jazz.  Think I will also dedicate myself to bettering my Latin Jazz.

OUR MONICA SIU Latin Jazz Ensemble was one of my most enjoyable shows I’ve played. Hope you can join us for future MONICA SIU Latin Jazz Ensemble Shows!  Look out for that, or email me at bookings@monicasiu.com to receive notification of shows.  Thanks so much for supporting Vancouver full-time musicians!

Such a wonderful night playing Samba and Bossa Nova favourites such as Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Aguas de Marco”,  “Agua de Beber”,  Marcus Valle’s “So Nice – Summer Samba”.   Included were FUNKY LATIN JAZZ such as Ivan Lin’s “Comecar de Novo” and Tania Maria’s “Come With Me”.     So so fun to play!

MOST IMPORTANTLY  was the wonderful time I had with these great guys!  Can’t wait to play with these guys again!

The MONICA SIU “Shades of Jazz” Latin Jazz Ensemble featured:

Band Leader/Composer/Pianist/Singer:  Monica Siu

Trumpet:  Adrian Smith

Guitar:  Yujiro Nakajima

Bass:  James Meger

Drums:  Andrew Thomson

 

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SUMMER SAMBA SHOW!

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Rehearsal was great last night with these wonderful guys.  Truly wonderfully kind men I’m privileged to work with!

The MONICA SIU “Shades of Jazz” Latin Jazz Ensemble will feature:

Band Leader/Composer/Pianist/Singer:  Monica Siu

Trumpet:  Adrian Smith

Guitar:  Yujiro Nakajima

Bass:  James Meger

Drums:  Andrew Thomson

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MONICA SIU Shades of Jazz “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Mom!” Show

Memories of our May 10th 2014  MONICA SIU Shades of Jazz “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Mom!” Show.  We had a great night of Celebrating Spring! and the joy of life with friends!  Also, thank you to those friends who brought their Mothers to the show, and the Mom’s groups who came out to join us.  Monica was happy to give a sneak pre-view and dedicate her newest song she wrote “One Thing (That’s True)” to the Mothers that night.    

We the band were very happy that the selection of  Swing, Latin Jazz, and Pop Ballads were well received by the audience.  There were MONICA SIU “Originals” from BOTH OF MONICA’S UPCOMING CD RELEASES.   Look out for Monica’s Late 2014  Adult Contemporary CD Song Release (featuring songs and stories from the heart),  AND Monica’s early 2015 MONICA SIU Shades of Jazz (featuring Swing, Jazz Waltz, and Bossa Nova).  

Happy to share some moments from the rehearsal and show night!  Enjoy!  

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