初授業

昨日新学期教え始めでした。以外ときちんと生徒が来ていてホッとする。なかなかやるじゃん、と私も身を引き締めました。

そして昨晩 大学院の授業が始まりました。同大学の芸術・文化事業科です。私の他に生徒は4名。1人は欠席でしたが全員女性でそれぞれ全く違うモチベーションで就学して来ており、クラスが始まる前から自己紹介で大盛り上がり。一応学校側に提出したエッセイ(論文の荒削りなテーマのようなもの)で選ばれた私たちですが、著名なフェミニスト団体のアドバイザー、長年台湾や中国の美術館に展示を行ってきた美術マネジャー、ビジネス経営学を学び、大手化粧品メーカーに勤めた際に関わったヴィジュアルアートのキュレーションに目覚めた人。。。そして私。常に刺激インスピレーションを保ち、創造を続けるアーティストでいる事を前提に、シンガポールに今までも現在も無く、どうしても必要な表現/制作する場所の設立、そしてアジアに置けるジャズ及び他のクリエイティブな音楽コミュニティをつなぐ「何か」 漠然としてるけど10年以上感じて来た事で、3-4年くらい温めて来た考えを形にしたい。

そんな私たちですが教授たちもさすがに面白い人達ばかり。私たちの興味のあることのよってカスタマイズ出来るらしい授業も楽しみです。とにかく毎日授業があり、宿題も課題もわんさかで多分泣くんだろうけど、今までも1人で思い遂行して来た事をその分野のエキスパートから学びながら続けると言う事なので、大変だろうけど、自分のミッションがはっきりしてるので吸収し、利用させてもらいます!!

まだ3時間だけだけど。。。私がやりたかった事、知りたかった事がそのまま授業になってる。やらねばならない事ももちろん盛りだくさんですが、うちの学校にこの科があること自体に感謝!!

そういえば昔父が私が今のシンガポールの音楽事業に関して色々捲したてるのを聞いて「自分マネージメントの方に進んだ方がええんちゃう?」と言われて激怒した事がありました。それは父が私が音楽家である事をまるで無視した様な言い方で、もう音楽やめたら?というアチチュードが伝わって来たからです。私にとって音楽は芸術なので繊細になりすぎてたかもしれない。迫害されてると思うことも良くあったけども全てが創造力の為にあるのでたまにそりゃ傷つきます。でもマネジメントに関心がある事 -やはり父は間違ってはいなかった。その通りに進んでますよ、でもあくまでも芸術家としての自分があっての進学ですよ、お忘れなくお父さん!!

もう直ぐ一周忌だ。その日は宿題にまみれてそう。

 

 

 

 

 

September 2015

Hi everyone.

Sorry I never did my August! I am currently under pressure of moving house (after 10years) and many classes to teach at LASALLE, and all other stuff I do. Also I need to tell you, I am finally officially accepted to start my masters degree study from January 2016 in Arts & Cultural Management. I am excited as I already have a specific field I want to pursue within this category, but want to explore and learn more about what I want to do.

Anyway here is my September in Rain (today it’s raining, but normally haze), that is almost ending!

 

 

20th (Sat) 9:30pm-1am :
MUSIC EN VOGUE with MITCH (trumpet) & KENJI SUZUKI(tenor sax)

I am delighted to perform with 2 top Jazz musicians of my home towns (Kyoto & Osaka) especially in the style of New Orleans, Swing, and Bebop. Come drop by while you pretend to shop!

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18th & 19th :   5pm & 6pm (30min each set)
21st & 22nd : 12:30pm & 1:30pm (30min each set)

More information http://www.paragon.com.sg/

 

 

 

21st (Mon) 8:30pm
SingJazz Club
$25 (students w/valid ID $10 off)
Bon Gout Music presents “We All Love Jazz!” Party Vol.2

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My own Bon Goût Music is once again very excited to present 2nd instalment of ‘We All Love Jazz!’ Party, a fabulous evening of hanging out around Jazz, New Orleans and Soul music that is so close to the heart of Jazz featuring special guests from Kyoto & Osaka!
The Jazz party is back, and this year at SingJazz Club! Don’t miss this great night to enjoy all kinds of Jazz.

4 acts together with special guests : Mitch (trumpet /Kyoto)  & Kenji Suzuki (tenor sax /Osaka)

New Stream Brass Band w/Mitch & Kenji
L.A.B w/special guests
Aya Sekine Trio w/ Ben Poh (bs) & Benjamin Thia(dr)
2Cats  w/Namie Rasman(vocal) & Joe Lee (guitar)

Hope to see you all there!

 

 

 

 

23rd (Wed) 9-11pm :
Alicia Affair with Alicia Pan (vocal)
Powder Room at Black Swan

It’s always a blast to hang out and play with Alicia. Together with Jase Sng(bass) & Aaron James Lee (drums), things can only get groovy. With fabulous DJ KFC between and after, who can easily make me stay out for extra 2 hrs even though I want to go home so bad.

More details and venue info
http://www.theblackswan.com.sg/

 

 

 

 

25th (Fri) 7pm
THOUSAND HORSES RUNNING IN MY HEAD with Angie Seah
Art After Dark
CCA at Gillman Barracks

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I am performing with one of my favourite collaborator, a multi-disciplinary artist, a close friend Angie Seah. Together with Ian Woo (bass) and Shark Fung (percussions). Video, movements and interactive art installation.

More information
https://www.gillmanbarracks.com/

 

JUNE & JULY 2015

Hi everyone.

Some shows and performances coming up.

 

JUNE

20th (Sat) 9:30pm-1am :
Blu Jaz Cafe​ w/ L.A.B & special guests

We are back! It’s been a while but we will play some of our materials mixed with some covers. It’s a casual night to unwind. Come out. Buy merch and we share some stories about our Japan Tour (see our tour blog here)

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24th (Wed) 9pm-0:30am 
Blu Jaz Cafe w/ Ed Layman’s KIND OF BLU JAM

I will be a guest house pianist of the notorious jam! Together with jam master Ed Layman(drums) and Christy Smith (bass).  Come and hang out!

http://www.blujazcafe.net/

 

26th (Mon) 9-11pm :
SingJazz Club with Dawn Ho Jazz Quintet
Feat. Dawn Ho (Vocal), Aya Sekine(piano), Christy Smith (bass), Darryl Ervin (drums) and Mark Kelly (trumpet)

Dawn puts together a wonderful collection of her favorite standards, a lot of ballads and blues. Come and enjoy a very laid-back evening of real good Jazz.

http://sing-jazz.com

JULY

5th (Sun) 2pm :
Japanese Association Singapore 100th Anniversary Concert
Feat. Sachiyo, Aya Sekine, Namiko Sakai, Hiroaki Maekawa
I am delighted to have been invited to perform for Singapore Japanese Association’s 100th anniversary special event Super Local J-Artists Concert. The concert features 4 of most well known Japanese musicians living in Singapore and is organised by one and only Sachiyo Nakagaki​, my senpai.

Artist line-up :
Sachiyo​ (vocal feat. her band)
Hiroaki Maekawa​ (bass feat. Tokyo Blue/ Ywenna& Pablo)
Namiko Sakai​ (wadaiko feat. Tenko)
Aya Sekine​ (piano feat. L.A.B / Michaela Therese​, Tim De Cotta​, Teo Jia Rong​)

Details : http://www.jas.org.sg/event/100concert/100concert_en.html
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6th (Mon) 9-midnight 
Live music @ Blu Jaz Cafe presents : Jazz Composer’s Series For LARGE Ensemble July edition Erik Satay & The Kampong Arkestra 

This is one of my favourite project I am involved in, the Soundpainting. Also it’s my birthday eve, so here is a reason for you to come out :) The Kampong Arkestra is an ensemble of creative sound makers, dancers and actors from diverse cultural and performance backgrounds residing in Singapore that will be SOUNDPAINTED in real-time by Head of LASALLE music Tim O’Dwyer – creating sound & movement collages of dynamic, humorous, and gigantic proportions.

A ROGUE-ROJAK-BAND that will excite and stimulate your senses from the first down-beat to the last cut-off!

“Soundpainting is the multidisciplinary live composing sign language created by Walter Thompson.”
www.soundpainting.com

 

….and here comes,

Ayaschool 2 day-Celebration

Ayaschool is a long-lasting series (since 2007 NYC) of performances where Japanese pianist Aya Sekine handpicks and put together a group of musicians to make music together. The musicians are often picked from different communities or genres hence the line-ups are normally intriguingly unique, and this is where you can see well her artistic vision. Aya is known as a Jazz pianist stylistically to most of the people, but her interpretation of Jazz covers wide spectrum, and ‘Ayaschool’ may explain it more than anything.

 

During her weekly residency at Blu Jaz Cafe (since 2006 until 2013), she’s featured countless musicians in different combinations & configurations every weekend, performing cover to improvisation with unconventional instrumentations, but the constant elements were ‘listening’ and ‘experimentation’. During the performances whether the material was rehearsed or improvised, the ‘flow’ of music was valued more than anything, it required everyone on the stage to listen and let things ‘flow’ as to just ‘jam’. “Not every configurations or the line-up was a success, people had different styles and music didn’t get to flow, but just like life, sometimes you just need to move on” Aya says. She took a year long break in 2013 & most of 2014, and now she is back to push her own edge ready to flourish more ideas. This particular version of Ayaschool features some of the old regulars of the project, combined with the new faces.

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10th (Fri) 9:30-1am 
Blu Jaz Cafe – Ayaschool : VIVID
feat.
Bani Rahman (bass)
Bani Haykal (drums)
Stewart Bamrah (Didjeridoo)
Adam Adhiyatma (guitar)
Aya Sekine (keys)

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11th (Fri) 5pm-8pm 
Esplanade presents “Jazz In July”
Ayaschool : FLOW

feat.
Aya Sekine (piano etc)
Stewart Bamrah (Didjeridoo)
Navin Kumar Nagpal (tablas, percussions)
Tim De Cotta (bass, vocal)
Bani Haykal (guitar, vocal etc)

More information about Jazz In July Series will be updated here : http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/esplanade_presents/other_programmes/jazz_in_july/index.jsp

More to come. Stay alertedly.

来週から日本ツアー開始!


L.A.B ジャパンツアー2015「ELEVATE (エレベート)」

L.A.B の日本ツアーが迫っています。もう後一週間です。来週の今、福岡に到着です。
色々と焦る事だらけで、後数日あるとは言え準備万端とは言えないし、一昨日から調子を崩してしまって風邪引いちゃいました。2月に日本に帰省したときにお医者さんに行って一風邪分お薬を貰ったので取り敢えず回復してきましたが、やっぱり忙しいと疲れているのに頭がフル回転で休み足りてないのが良くないね。寝ても起きちゃう。そんな訳で今朝6時半ですが、一日置いて作業開始してます。

既に沢山の方のご協力を得て企画が進行しています。小学生の時の同級生からボストン時代の仲間、ニューヨーク繋がりに両親の同級生、音楽繋がり、関根家の親戚、先週知り合った人やFacebook繋がり、そして親切な赤の他人の皆さんなど、とにかく色んな方が今回のツアーの実現に関わってくれています。シンガポール政府とシンガポールインターナショナルファウンデーションの援助を部分的に受け、バンド資金をかき集め、なんとか(ギリギリ感満載ですが)日本にたどり着いて演奏が出来そうです。今回もツアーが始まる前から反省や学習の連続ですが、幸い数ヶ月前から用意を始めていたため、大きな問題は無さそうです(祈)。

こんな珍道中も珍しいので是非お誘い合わせの上私たちに会いに、音楽を聴きに来てください。シンガポールは今過渡期で良い事もあれば不安になる事も沢山あります。この時期を乗り切って国が育つのだろうなあ、と思う事だらけなので、そんな時にシンガポールから外に出るのは重要で、色々見聞きして感じる事がきっと強い未来につながると思うんです。シンガポール人の3人に取ってのみでなく、私にも、そしてこれからお会いする皆さんにも。個人的な見解だけれども、このバンドのメンバーは「メッセンジャー」として日本に乗り込む訳で、でも一人一人が必ずこのツアーで得た栄養をシンガポールに持って帰って来て惜しみなくシェアする事が出来る人達だと信じています。初めての日本での演奏を終えた後にどんな気持ちになるのか、楽しみです。私も今回は沢山新しい事を経験します。プラスの要素しか見えません。

バンドのリーダーは私じゃないのですが、今回一肌脱いで準備に明け暮れたのにはこんな気持ちがあったから。毎回やり過ぎかな、って思いますが今やらなかったらいつやるの?って思ったときにメンバー一同「Let’s do this」って声を揃えましたので今に至ります。

今回やるのは殆ど全部が私達のオリジナル。その中には既にある曲をアレンジした物もありますが、一曲日本の曲をカバーした物以外かなり自分達色に染まっていますので日本の皆さんにどう聴いてもらえるか興味津々です。ブッキングの際に色んな方に音源を聴いてもらったのですが、反響が良くてびっくりしました。シンガポールでは私達はコアな人に人気ですが、一般受けしないんですよね。この辺についても日本で沢山の人と意見や考えの交換が出来たらな、って思います。音楽の他に物販もなかなか充実していますので、3曲入りEP、限定ツアーTシャツにバッグ、会場にてお買い求め下さい!

L.A.B 日本ツアー2015 ’ELEVATE’ 日程 

52日(土)   福岡・天神アーリービリーバーズ

54日(月)   京都・三条ルクラブジャズ

55日(火)   大阪・北区 NOON+CAFE

57日(木)   京都・三条 Live & Bar 和音堂

58日(金)   大阪・心斎橋 digmeout ART&DINER

511日(月)    東京・代官山晴れたら空に豆まいて

5月14日(木)    東京・洗足学園音楽大学とのコラボレーション/交流会

515日  (金)  東京・下北沢 Music Bar RPM

★そしてL.A.B 日本ツアーファイナルはココ!

516日(土)  東京・六本木エレクトリック神社

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各ライブ詳細: http://www.listenandbelieve.com/

今回のツアーブッキング及びマネージメントは私が Bon Goût Musicとして窓口になっています。今更ながら大きな仕事を請け負ったなあ、と思いますが(毎回そういっている)、仕事の量を上回る内容の濃さと待ち受ける冒険の数々。どんな音が出来るんだろう。終わった後の私達の気持ち、どんなかな?

今回のツアーは決定した時点で始まりました。今迄に協力して下さった数多くの皆さんに心から感謝しています。毎回何か企画する度に、自分がオーガナイザーで居るからこそ解る、人の協力無しではあり得ないなって、事実。もうそれだけです。さあ、これから数日間まだやる事が山積み、でも練習もしないと!

さて、シンガポール滞在中の皆さんに朗報(?)です。

来週の火曜日(28日)Blu Jaz Cafe の二階で8時半から公開リハをやります。ミニ・アルバムが出来上がったので販売開始です!まだ私達の音を聞いてない皆さん、是非ごゆるりとお立ち寄り下さい。日本に行く前の最終リハがそのままパフォーマンスです。

それでは SEE YOU IN JAPAN!

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L.A.B Japan Tour 2015 ‘Elevate’ is supported by National Arts Council Of Singapore (NAC) and Singapore International Foundation (SIF)

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It’s a new year : JAN-FEB SCHEDULE 2015

Dear everyone –  There are things happening in the world which are not exactly happy, quite sad and some people are going through hard time, on the other hand there are some wonderful news, which gives smiles to many. So many lives, so many ways – I can only wish everyone’s well being and strong love.

 

Here is my Jan-Feb schedule. Please click on ‘blue’ for direct links!

 

【20 Jan / Tue】43 East Coast Series with L.A.B

7:30-11pm / Carvers & Co. with Nick Chim / Bani Hidir

Cover $15 (at the door)

Carvers & Co. : http://www.carversand.co/ 

 

【23 Jan / Fri】Art After Dark with L.A.B

7pm until late / Gillman Barracks : 9 Lock Road (http://www.gillmanbarracks.com/)

 

【27 Jan / Tue】Performance with Bani Haykal & Heddy Boubaker

7pm / Gillman Barracks

 

【30 Jan】(Fri) Playfreely 2015

with “Otomo Yoshihide and The Playfreely Ensemble”

At The Projector (REDRUM theatre- Golden Mile Tower Level 5)

Tickets & detail : http://playfreely2015.peatix.com/

 

【6 Feb】 (Fri) Erik Satay And The Kampong Arkestra

(Soundpainting performance conducted by Tim O’Dwyer)

At SOTA

 

【13 Feb】(Fri)  L.A.B with Benjamin Kheng 

8pm / 203 Henderson Road, #02-01 (Lift Lobby A), Singapore 159546

for event : Revolution Will Not Be Televised by The Henderson Project with headline act by Lazy Habits (UK),

ShiGGa Shay and after party with Matte Blacc (JNR & DREM)

 

【22 Feb / Sun】 “Huayi 2015” with Hanjin Tan

At (Esplanade Recital Studio) *2 shows
Tickets : http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/hanjin0215

 

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NOVEMBER 2014 SCHEDULE

Hi everyone. Many many things going on in my life at the moment, but music is always there and when I’m playing or working on music, I am able to center myself.

Here is my upcoming schedule of November! Please do come to some very special show I’m hosting!

 

1 November (Sat)
9:30pm-12am
L.A.B (Listen And Believe) at SingJazz Club

This is the first time we are presenting ourselves at SingJazz Club!
We will be bringing you rather acoustic and Jazz inclined selections from our songbook.
Please come and witness how we do it!
Here is the ticket link : https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/lab-tickets-13985162999

10689883_10152810691594727_5045045173702509749_n Official Facebook invite

3 November (Mon)
9:30-midnight

Erik Satay & The Kampung Arkestra at Blu Jaz Cafe 
[as part of Jazz Composer’s Series For LARGE Ensembles]

The Kampong Arkestra is an ensemble of creative sound makers, dancers and actors from diverse cultural and performance backgrounds residing in Singapore that will be SOUNDPAINTED in real-time by Head of LASALLE music Tim O’Dwyer – creating sound & movement collages of dynamic, humorous, and gigantic proportions. For their first performance we will be presenting a stella line – up of scintillating performance makers:

Soundpainter – Tim O’Dwyer
Actor / Voice – Adam Marple
Actor / Voice – Sangeetha Dorai
Dancer – Julius Foo
Guzheng / electronics – Natalie Tse
Strombophone (electronics) – Dirk Stromberg
Guitar – Bani Haykal
Keyboards/ electronics – Aya Sekine
Saxophone – Teo Boon Chye
Trombone – Michael Cartwright
Tuba – Fujita Hidehiro
Drum Kit – Daryl Ervin

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November 5 (Wed)

8:30pm-11pm
Orgo Bar & Restaurant (Esplanade Rooftop)

Magical Jazz Trio : Dawn Ho (vo) Aya Sekine (piano) Shawn Letts (sax)

We have played at this amazing venue for almost 2 years, and it’s time to move on. This will be our last performance at starry Orgo Bar, so we hope to see you. Thank you for supporting us for so many Wednesday!

 

November 8 (Sat)
8-11pm
Halia Restaurant at Raffles Hotel
Anne Weerapaass (vo) Aya Sekine (keys) Ben Poh (bass)

 

November 14 (Fri)
8:30pm-11:15pm
Axis Bar and Lounge (Mandarin Oriental Singapore)
Trio jazz with Rob Collins(vo) & Eddie Jansen (bs)

 

November 18 (Tue)
2:30pm-5:15pm
Axis Bar and Lounge (Mandarin Oriental Singapore)
Solo piano

 

November 21 (Fri)
9:30pm-1am
Blu Jaz Cafe (ground floor)
Ayaschool VS. SA Trio (Andy C./Natalie Alexandra/Sheryl Ong) with special guests

 

November 27 (Thu)
9pm-midnight
SUS SESSIONS Vol.4 (presented by Bon Goût Music & L.A.B)
as part of SAIGENJI Singapore Tour 2014
together with KAYE (Darker Than Wax) and many special guest musicians! SAIGENJI Singapore Tour 2014

This is a really special occasion for me, being the executive director of the whole event (by my organisation Bon Goût Music. Saigenji is my absolute favorite artist and I have always made effort to invite him, and this is the 4th time. Hope you can catch the show with us! L.A.B’s been working pretty hard on our new material, and we’re happy to share :)

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Venue : Blu Jaz Cafe (11 Bali Lane)
Tickets : $35 incl. 1 drink
Event details : http://saigenji2014.peatix.com/

and you can buy your early bird ticket right here, right now!

Partners :

Official Media – J+Plus FM96.3 SMILE WAVE (COMM Pte.Ltd.)
Venue Partner – Kizuki+lim / Lithe Paralogue (Museum of Independent Music, Singapore)
Marketing Partner – Spoonful SG
Liquer Partner – Epicurean Nomads – エピキューリアン ノーマッズ
Equipment partner – Vivid Creations / Hummingbird Concepts

Design : Kiat (System Sovereign)

Design : Kiat (System Sovereign)

 

Bon Goût Music name card is printed :)

So I am very happy with my new name card, which were delivered to me by amazing Nazneen Azziz, who has been designing everything Bon Goût Music for me, and she is not stopping just yet.

I actually still need a website, but for now, what I do you can come and take a look at my Facebook page. You can read the Description section of the Page.  :

https://www.facebook.com/BonGoutMusic

This is the company I do everything besides playing or composing. This company represents and manages me, and also create events to keep me inspired. I have realised that I am an artist to express, but also value where inspiration is born and nurtured – I’d like to support this mission with this company. At the moment obviously, I do that myself. All of it.

I have a lot on my plate, so I have been looking for possible candidate to work with me, to help me out. My job is not difficult, but my idea comes from years I spent playing, meeting people and living my life, so it may not be understood by everyone.  But I keep searching for the best candidate(s). I have a passion for growing the community, which eventually benefits the individual, vice versa. All is needed for artistic growth.

The name of the company – ‘nuf said comes from my grandfather’s boutique business which was taken over by my dad, and many of you are familiar with my parents’ cafe Bon Goût at Robertson Quay – which closed 3 years ago, but I hear people still go and ask where we are! I’m here! I just don’t serve food to everyone ;)

Anyway, I am very happy finally with where I am with our family business – in Music related format. I thank Nazneen Azziz for her amazing work and input in a lot of things I do for the company these days. She is a PRO.

http://nazneenaziz.tumblr.com/

Now. November performance schedule  on it’s way!

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JULY & AUGUST 2014 SCHEDULE

Hi everyone! So sorry for not being able to ‘bilingualize’ my tour report… I only owe you an apology dearest non-Japanese language experts. The infamous Google Translator that would give you about  20% of what I’ve meant, is also useful just to guess.

Now I’m a little more than half way in completing my Tour Report, but I would like to take a break and let you know about few gigs. I do that on my official  Facebook Page but it wouldn’t hurt to consolidate all of the information here. I am expecting my brand new website to launch soon as well.

I am back at Orgo Bar and Restaurant every Wednesday with The Magical Trio. Please do drop by for a starry evening on the rooftop view of Marina Bay :)

 

JULY

July 16, 23, 30 (Wed) 8:30-11:00pm
Orgo at Esplanade Rooftop(4th Floor)
Magical Trio feat. Dawn Ho (vocal) Shawn Letts(sax) Aya Sekine(piano)

*Daniel Wong (trumpet) replaces Shawn this week on 16th evening.

 

July 18th (Fri) 8:30-11:00pm
Café 21 Living Room – Aya Sekine & Maya Nova (as part of ‘Jazz In July’) 
Concourse (Esplanade)

Maya and Aya or Aya and Maya… which ever the order is, we are back in the hood! We are presenting our original compositions, favorite standards which are arranged and sorted out just for this particular evening. Hope to see you all!
No cover charge, free seating :)

Time :
(1st set) 7.15 – 7.45pm
(2nd set) 8.15 – 8.45pm
(3rd set) 9.15 – 9.45pm

More details and info :
http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/jazzinjuly_cafe21_aya_sekine_maya_nova/index.jsp

Jazz In July full line-up: http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/esplanade_presents/other_programmes/jazz_in_july/index.jsp 

 

July 19th (Sat) 6:45-9:30pm
Raffles Hotel Lobby
Solo piano

 

July 18th (Fri) 9-10pm
The Metamorphosis by Regi Leo (as part of Late Nite Series)
Esplanade Recital Studio

SYNOPSIS :

Regi Leo’s music is enriched by the many influences that have permeated his 27-year-long career. While rooted in jazz and blues, he takes from all genres of music to form his own style. 

Protégé of renowned guitarist Vivian Nonis, Regi is adept at jazz, latin jazz, pop and rock. He began his career in pop but soon found himself searching for more depth to his music. Smitten by the tunes of Charlie Parker, Chet Atkins and Joe Pass, it was in jazz that he found his true love before discovering fusion and modern jazz. 

Regi has played alongside many internationally renowned artists including jazz musician Nester Torres; pop legends England Dan and Lobo; and Asian singers Jam Hsiao and JJ Lin . He performs at regional jazz festivals, on television programmes as an acoustic and electric guitarist, and represents Singapore for its cultural showcases overseas. 

Regi’s passion spurs him to constantly evolve and search for new sounds, harmonies and techniques. He believes that music is not only about sheer technical prowess or advanced harmony, but rather a beautiful blend of melody and arrangement that immerses the audience in a journey. 

Presenting original compositions and unique arrangements of music by some of his favourite artists, Regi will take you through the last decade of his career and share the diverse styles and genres that have impacted him. Everything you will hear this evening represents a different side of Regi that adds to the talented and multi-faceted guitarist that he is.

Feat.
Regi Leo (guitar),
Tony Makarome (bass)
Lester Ang(woodwinds)
Aya Sekine(piano&keyboard)
Rizal Sanip(drums)
and Wayne Sandosham (vocal)

Details & information : http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/latenite_the_metamorphosis_of_regi_leo/index.jsp

Buy your tickets now : S$25
http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/regi0714

 

 

AUGUST

August 6, 13, 20, 27 (Wed) 8:30-11:00pm
Orgo at Esplanade Rooftop(4th Floor)
Magical Trio feat. Dawn Ho (vocal) Shawn Letts(sax) Aya Sekine(piano)

 

August 15 & 16th (Fri & Sat) 9:30-1:00am
Aya & Maya 2 days with Special guest bassist : Joseph Lepore (Italy/NYC)
Blu Jaz Cafe : 11 Bali Lane  (http://blujazcafe.net/)

We will have completely different materials on Friday and Saturday. Friday we will present our favorite Jazz standards, on Saturday we will play original materials. It will be very very fun. We are working on it already, having great time picking songs and brainstorming! I’m so happy my ‘musical twin’ Maya is back in Singapore temporarily. It’s always a great catch up when I’m with Maya. We welcome a wonderful bassist from NYC – I had pleasure of performing with him when I visited the City last year in 2013. Very excited to have him here in Singapore!

Maya Nova http://mayanova.com/
Joseph Lepore  http://www.josephleporemusic.com/

 

★And here is a very special concert where my composition will be performed by amazing quartet, one and only The Pipa Quartet! There will be many other great composers. This is the first time in my life I am commissioned to write, so I am very excited.

August 22nd  (Fri) 7:30m
The Pipa Quartet in Concert: 品 Pǐn  

Venue : SOTA Concert Hall
Duration : Approx 1 hr 30 mins, including an interval of 20 mins
Tickets : $25 (Standard), $10 (Student)

SYNOPSIS :

With the support of the National Arts Council’s Creation Grant, The Pipa Quartet presents its first full concert in Singapore, premiering original works by Aya Sekine, Bani Haykal, Chow JunYi, Jeremy Wong, Jordan Wei, Mark John Hariman and Samuel Wong.

The Pipa Quartet is led by artistic director and award-winning pipa player Dr Samuel Wong and is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. Their past engagements include a tour of Singapore’s major education institutions and public spaces, and a Thailand tour, where they performed at Silpakorn University, Patravadi High School (Vic Hua Hin) and the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre to standing ovations and critical acclaim. They were also invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to present their music and open for the Singapore Arts & Entertainment Showcase in Damansara Performing Arts Centre, KL.

The Creation grant supports the creation, adaptation and re-development of distinctive artistic content. Through a rigorous creation process, it seeks to expand the canon of Singapore-made works that engage audiences at home and abroad.

Performers:

Dr Samuel Wong
Goh XueQi
Jeremy Wong
Ivan Chng

Buy your tickets now : http://www.ticketmash.sg/friendsofsota

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I guess this is it for now. There might be more performance added later on, so do check back here, or my Facebook Page for fresh updates. I do have a Twitter that is linked to my Facebook, so that is also a place that you can check my schedule without being on the Facebook, where I usually post my schedule and everything as it’s public and I don’t need to ‘friend’ anyone to come check out my world. You are all very welcome!

Aya Sekine Journal 2014 – New Year Special : Part 2 – Aya Interviews Andrew

This is a sequel to my post earlier.

I am very happy to be hosting a counter-interview project brought to me by guitarist Andrew Lim who resides in New York for last 3 years.

Read Vol.1 here → ★ 

andrewlimblog

Andrew’s photo by Andy Yang, Aya’s photo by Dju-Lien Chan (Primary Studio)

How it started. 

It was a pleasant surprise and honour for such an independent thinker to interview me about life and music – although we’ve known each other for years and both strived as Jazz musicians in the same music scene, we both have different upbringings and characters.  Since he has brought up this project of interviewing me, I’ve also decided to interview him and see what we get out of it – and maybe it would be a great thing to share what we feel about music and life with all.  Thank you Andrew for wanting to know – because I believe in talking about things, especially about how I feel about things.  Here is the counter Interview project, part 2.

ANDREW LIM + AYA SEKINE – TALKING ABOUT IT

PART 2 – Aya interviews Andrew 

What seems to enhance your music/practicing/writing? 


(I actually meant to ask them all in one shot, but Andrew has given me individual answers and they were interesting, so there.)

In music : When you say music I’m assuming you’re talking about the performance aspect? The things that I noticed have helped  get me to be in the zone are things like making sure I practiced the physical aspect on my instrument really slowly and with intent and not leaving out all the core physicalities that go into producing a good sound on it. also I’ve found that is only half the picture, the other half is when I spent some time activating my aural faculties and making that connection with the instrument. I.e making sure I’m playing what I hear. in order to do that, i just sing melodies in my head and strive to play exactly that with no fluff.

In practicing : Being in a space where I’m not distracted and also filled with love. sometimes its hard so I’ll go listen to some music instead… does the trick always. what also helps,personally, is to have a clear intent on a really small amount of information and focusing on that. and then practicing the exact opposite after that.

In writing : playing the piano really helps the writing bit. I’ll find myself thinking a lot more about pure ideas. it’s also helpful in the way the instrument is so orchestral. something i have less access to on the guitar.

What seems to bring you down, which brings your productivity in practicing/playing/writing etc?

In music/performance : when I’m in an uncomfortable mental space. so many things cause it and I’m trying to work each aspect so they don’t bug me anymore. some sources of discomfort, when there is not enough mastery of the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements at hand. I know it sounds obvious but its the shaky foundation that leads to all kinds of worries and doubt.  Also whenever I ignore the concept of balance in my practice routine..it’ll show up in the playing.

In practicing :  the biggest impediment I’ve found is when I’m trying too fast to “get somewhere”. I’ve found over the years that anything you can’t do is made up of a multitude of little problems that you have to solve first. I get in trouble when I forget, or, fail to see the smaller issues that I need to work on first.

In writing : a judgemental mind? also, for every idea that doesn’t work, it’s only one tweak away to make it happen. I’ve learnt not to throw anything away…but rather just think of one small modification at a time.

Andrew with Chok Kerong and Soh Wen Ming “A Sleepin’ Bee”

What was the most inspiring thing that happened to you(since moving to New York)? 

I don’t know if I can pare it down to any one experience. So many things have affected me here, the different pockets of musicians here, all intensely connected to what they chose to do, and as hard as life is here for a musician, everyone is kept afloat by their belief and the scene is inspiring that way.  I’ve never met so many people so committed to their vision that has nothing to do with the marketplace before. Also playing gigs then realising you have Barry Harris, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, Harold Mabern, Russell Malone, Danilo Perez, Peter Bernstein right in front of you in pretty horrifying LOL.  Some of them tell me nice things when I played well and some keep quiet coz I was BS-ing.  But its inspiring coz you get an instant indicator… you know you need to hold yourself to a higher standard very quickly and edit out all the fluff if you are serious about this music.

What was the most discouraging thing?

When I’m making music with musicians who don’t care.

What is Jazz to you? Why are you playing Jazz?

I used to think about that all the time but don’t do it  anymore. I just let it be what it wants to be in my life. when I started, it was just because  the music sounded great and it was fun playing something that kinda sounded like it.  Over time, as I got more into it, it just felt like I was exposed to so much truth within it that I couldn’t look at life in the same way anymore.  It’s become a mediation, a means to chip away at who I am, a gift to people willing to listen…I’m still finding out as of now.

“It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” we all know this infamous Duke Ellington tune and we both love to swing as well.

What do you think is most important thing to be a Jazz musician/Jazz practitioner BESIDES ‘swing’?

To be in LOVE and to be in SERVICE to others.  I started out only taking from and as I grew, I realised the importance of giving more and more. I’m not talking about just material giving here, but a giving of honesty, of spirit, of care.  These things are what makes an artist.  First we see, then we have to give of ourselves.

That..to me..has the most direct effect on the music.

If you never learn the melody/changes, how to deal with harmony, etc….and love people….you’ll always be a taker.  You can’t give something you don’t have.

Do you think it’s possible for Singapore to have bigger Jazz scene? 

I don’t know about that.  If you lived truthfully and try to set an example, hopefully people can start to discern for themselves what’s up? I know what I’m striving to be and that’s only because of the many angels I’ve had who were there to show me some aspect of the truth, whether I was ready for it at that time or not.  I’m hopeful …. hope is really all we got isn’t it?

Singapore may not have the big Jazz scene. What would you tell young Singaporean Jazz enthusiasts, to encourage them?

You better you listen, the more you learn.  Learn to love more than yourself. That’s all I have to say…am working on all these same things…. see you at the end folks.

(Interview completed December 31st, 2013)

 

My after thought :

We both enjoyed answering eachothers questions.  It is really good to know what we think are important – there are some similarity in our answers from different questions.  We are excited about this small interview sessions, and may continue in the near future.  I think next time will be a discussion, as this time it was more answering individually.

What I’ve noticed is that both of us are a big fan of  ‘acknowledging our levels’.  I also firmly believe reality is where everything starts.  Previously when we were talking about music, Andrew said ‘only way to grow is some discomfort’ which I couldn’t agree more, as I embarrass myself daily in school now (with or without people around), and this is how I’m learning with such strong conviction.  I know my weaknesses and I find them daily.  This is the best I felt in a long long time.   We could talk for hours about how embarrassed we are at times finding our weaknesses, but finding things to practice is fun.  Also we both are letting music lead our ways, not trying to make our ways.  Anyway I think it is great to share these type of thoughts.  It’s a blessing to have a friend who you can talk to about music so deeply.

In any case, I have played with Andrew countless time in the past, and I am really looking forward to play with him again – maybe in New York, maybe back here in Singapore! We will find out.

Thank you all for reading.

My little plan for Little India

So few minuites ago a thought popped in my head. So I shared on my page on Facebook.
It started like this :

“Why not ban the cars on Sundays, and let the boys have fun? Dance on the street to their music… It will be very good business for Little India, and maybe some become much happier and definitely no bus accident. Tourist may come and see great Sunday festival and maybe boys get creative. Just a thought. Banning alcohol in their area, will only create another area for them methinks.”

and then I went into ‘zone’ … I continue here. Aya’s fantasy!

It would be great to have Sunday Festival of Indians and Bangladeshi so they can sweat themselves away with music, food and dancing on the streets. Maybe once a month, if not every Sundays. It will be exciting for them to look forward to, maybe think about what to wear, or what to eat…even just to talk about going there!

Some of the restaurants can come to the street and sell snacks and drinks… they might wanna have special deals and start competing! Shops can open a little late for extra business. Maybe Sunday night time sale on golds (@_@)! Maybe after a while it may become so fun and attractive, people are getting excited. Feeling of new possibilities…some boys may even want to do something for the festival! But they need to make sure they don’t fantasize while they are at work site! Avoid the occupational hazard… I would be dead on the ground thinking about what to do for the festival.

Their hidden creative mind may awaken and burst into something different than they ever thought. May not burst out, but at least look forward to something. I personally want to see a live Bhangra music, with lots of percussions so they (and myself) can dance.
Even the Singaporean Indians/Bangladeshi can have fun in this Singapore’s original Indian/Bangladeshi excitement in Little India… I am now hungry writing this and about to shake it.

My fantasy continues.

The people in their own countries hear about this new Sunday festival in Little India, and may want to start some business there…well, this can bring up whole other subjects/issues, but still, people will get excited and creative – that’s always good for culture and business, fool everyone out of stress and anger.

The restaurants are now getting more business.
They start to improve their shops a little. Fix shit up etc.

No cars on the street, so bit messy, but it’s Singapore, so things will always get cleaned up by Monday 2am, because the festival finishes at midnight (or something). Boys go home sleep for their new week. Completely knocked out from the hang.

There maybe fights and frictions during the Sunday festival because they let loose, but it’s among themselves, or with curious tourist, pedestrians or spectator etc. But most importantly, it will happen all during ‘fun’ they are letting it loose and risk for anger or accident is less. What I (Aya) is saying is, let’s make it official here! Close the road.

People will not go there if they are worried, but the boys still need place to hang and have fun. Take a break, have fun and forget daily life is so important.  Even during my composition or practicing, I finally learned to take a shot of break here’n there – even when deadline is coming, I purposely stop and do something else. It works. I get freshen up by being side tracked. Snacking is helping (big issue is about to burst after consecutive snacking).

This is all my fantasy. But I’m just saying it pure sad to have Little India lose element, leaving bitterness behind. Little India is my favorite part of town, where I never fail to enjoy it even for a small thosai or Mustafa hang alone after practicing. I don’t drink there, but banning alcohol may create unnecessary frictions there, and other places. If that’s the case, hey why not leave it where it is, let shit happen and let things deal with it, so at least it’s in one place.

It is my personal *mental* journey based on alcohol ban news in Little India in my head that I’m sharing. No credibility or reliability whatsoever.
Thank you for reading my little story!
Have a great weekend.