Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Bandleader
As the music world contends with the pandemic and its ramifications, musicians are taking matters into their own hands. Despite months of planning by the organisers, the much anticipated MJPF-TGT Jazz Fest was initially postponed and eventually cancelled due to the erratic surges of Covid-19 cases happening in Malaysia. It is heartbreaking to say that this highlights merely but one of the many cancellations of events in the creative industry worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic. The live music season is in peril as social distancing and self-quarantining make performing live music and attending live shows all but impossible. Still, in times of adversity and change, this has incited creative opportunities and the birth of an exciting musical affair!
The Malaysian Jazz Marathon with its theme ‘Keeping Music Alive’, is a virtual 12hour jazz-athon that is happening on a Sunday, this November 15. Featuring 20 diverse musical acts that volunteered to be part of this fundraiser concert, the Malaysian Jazz Marathon aims to not only provide a platform for local jazz musicians to flaunt their talents and grace the stages once again, but also as a means to raise funds for the Malaysian Jazz Piano festival’s latest cause - the Malaysian Real Book (MRB) Project.
A brainchild of musical icon Michael Veerapen and 8 other Malaysian jazz pianists, MJPF started off primarily as a gathering for pianists alike and evolved into a festival for all that celebrates the jazz tradition and community in Malaysia. The MRB Project, spearheaded by Tay Cher Siang, will be a compilation and showcase of acclaimed Malaysian popular tunes and folk songs - a first of its kind in the history of Malaysian music. Optimistically, not only will the international jazz community have easier access to Malaysian music, but it is in hope that this contributes to the preservation and continuity of Malaysia’s cultural legacy for the future generations to come.
In keeping with the Malaysian spirit of #kitajagakita, this online jazz marathon was made possible with our gracious sponsors from Royal Selangor Pewter, RAP Distribution and Jao Tim whose generous contributions are instrumental in keeping Malaysia’s music scene alive, and to our all-star production team - Alex Tan (Starmount Studio), Rozhan Razman (R.M.P Productions), BijanFx (ATAS), JD Wong (Studio 21:05) and Anthony Yap (Big A Productions) who will be tag-teaming in their efforts to ensure that the audience would be able to relish the live performances from home like never before.
Save the date this November 15th and join us on an exuberant yet intimate, back-to-back live music experience through your screens in the comforts (and safety) of your homes! We hope to replicate the feeling of a magical live show and bring you joy through this trying time while we flatten the curve.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Majulah Muzik Malaysia. Keep the music alive.
Malaysian Jazz Marathon Write-Ups:
NST: Virtual Jazz Fest Delivers Potent Vibes:
The Malaysian Reserve: 12 Hour Malaysian Jazz Marathon Tomorrow:
Music Press Asia: 12 Hour Jazz Marathon Raises Funds for Malaysian Real Book Project:
The Vibes: Up Front and Personal, Music Never Sleeps:
Nikkei Asia: Malaysian Jazz Swings on Despite Pandemic:
Listening to Jazz on City Plus FM
Hosted by Tay Cher Siang
Tay Cher Siang started his piano lessons learning classical music. He took up an interest in
Jazz during his teenage years and began to pursue his musical journey as a jazz pianist.
He received his Masters in Jazz Pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Miltenberger and Professor
Tay immerse himself in the education of Jazz in Malaysia and Asia, he taught at UCSI, UM, The
Yamaha Music Academy and UPM. He is also teaching at his private studio, and giving master
classes, jazz clinics throughout Malaysia and Asia.
As a pianist and composer, Tay has been touring extensively with his band WVC –
Malaysian Jazz Ensemble, and also with a multi nationals band Unit Asia, to China, Taiwan,
Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Turkey, Egypt,
India, Italy, Germany, Spain, and USA. Total of nine albums were released throughout the
Years, with original compositions and arrangements. Tay is also active in producing recordings
with various artists and singers in the region. He has produced 28 albums to date.
In 2016, Tay won three Kaki Seni- Cameronian Arts Awards, the most prestigious awards
for Performing Arts in Malaysia, for his compositions and performances. Another nominations
came in 2020, for his production of Shakespeare and Jazz concerts of which he bagged the
best original composition award. He is invited to give a TedX talk at the prestigious 2018 TedX
Petaling Street, and then perform with his band at the said event.
Tay is also the music director and arranger for various notable Singers and musical acts in
the Malaysian live music scene.
As a composer and music director, Tay has been involved with movie soundtracks, Musical
productions, and Theater works. He and his band played themselves in the Hollywood
blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians”.
Tay is currently the Chairman of the organizing committee of the annual Malaysian Jazz Piano
Festivals. He also is writing a bi-weekly Jazz Column on newspaper China Press, and he hosts
a weekly Jazz radio program on City Plus FM.
@ 2016 Tay Cher Siang
Music for Sale!
Here are my music for sale on Bandcamp:
WVC: Give Thy Ear (2018)
WVC: Do Not Go Gently (2016)
WVC: Waiting For That Day (2014)
WVC: In the Dark I See Her (2010)
WVC: Eleven (2009)
WVC Trio (2007)