Big thanks to everyone for coming to the show on Friday. WE SOLD OUT – YAY!!! Really appreciate the support from everyone – my local community, South Londoners and someone even came all the way from Cardiff to see the show!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
An evening with LIZ CHI YEN LIEW and Band + special guests
with support by Wayne Urquhart and Matt Chandler
Friday 5th February 2016
Karamel Club 4 Coburg Road, Wood Green London N22 6UJ
British Chinese musician and composer Liz Chi Yen Liew performs her original blend of East West fusion with her band to celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 – the year of the Monkey. Her set will include highlights from her three albums (including Monkey King – A Modern Beijing Opera) as well as new material. Featuring special guests including cellist Wayne Urquhart (Pest, Kosheen, Moby, Cinematic Orchestra), Chinese instrumentalist Dennis Kwong Thye Lee on Xiao (bamboo flute) and Guzheng (Chinese zither) and Middle Eastern percussionist Eli Nott.
To top it all off we are serving specially selected Chinese cocktails so this is an evening not to be missed!
Come and join in the festivities and celebrate the Year of the Monkey with us.
Friday 5th February 2016 @ 8pm
Karamel Club, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ nearest tube: Wood Green
0208 829 8989
LIZ CHI YEN LIEW is a musician and composer whose music blends rhythms and melodies inspired by her Chinese roots on Chinese instruments with electric violins and electronics. As one half of violin duo Chi2 she performed and co-wrote Monkey King – A Modern Beijing Opera a brand new spin on the classic Chinese tale which they toured in the UK in 2008-9. Other commissions include co-writing (with Tom E Morrison) the soundtrack to Time is Like Water Flowing a poetic evocation of the four seasons collaborating with French aerial acrobatic group Les Passagers and Chinese visual artists for Greenwich and Docklands International Festival with performances in London’s O2 Arena. As one of PRS for Music Foundation’s selected composers for New Music 20×12 (part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad) her piece XX/XY premiered to 12,000 people at Trafalgar Square in January 2012, was featured on BBC2’s Review Show and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. As a session musician she has toured/recorded/performed with Moby, Lamb, Gnarls Barkley, Asian Dub Foundation, Goldfrapp, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra amongst others.
DENNIS KWONG THYE LEE was the principal xiao (flute) and guzheng (zither) soloist at the Zhuan Yi Chinese Orchestra. He has been playing various traditional Chinese musical instruments since his early teens, including the guzheng, xiao, dizi, sheng and pipa and also taught and performed the guzheng professionally for over 20 years. On the xiao Dennis specialises in traditional and crossover pieces and classical duets with the guqin in the “scholarly music” genre. He is a member of the London Youlan Qin Society and performs regularly with the UK Chinese Ensemble, the Yin Yang Collective and various other groups. Over the years Dennis has performed at various venues including V&A, Covent Garden Royal Opera House, Rich Mix, The Place (Euston), the Trafalgar Square Chinese New Year Celebrations and the Cultural Olympiad “New Music 20×12” at the Southbank Centre. YouTube
Hailing from Venezuela, ELIZABETH NOTT pursued an ethnomusicology degree at SOAS where she focused on Middle Eastern music and percussion and learnt to play riqq, bedir and daf. Since graduating she has been working as session musician, teacher, events organiser and performed with various artists and events including Khyam Allami, Magic Tombolinos, Amira Kheri, Olcay Bayir, Maya Yousef, KARAMA, OPAz and many more. She has worked for theatre and dance as well such as depping for Royal Shakespeare’s Marat/Sade production, being the main percussionist for “Mi Patria Son Mis Zapatos” by choreographer Florencia Guerberof and Sylvie Gral’s produciontion “The Child, The Seed and The Soldier”.
WAYNE URQUHART (cello) A prodigious musical talent and classically trained cellist, Wayne has played for Roots Manuva, Moby, David Gray, Kosheen, Mark Ronson and Jocelyn Brown among others, and as an experienced composer and dubbing mixer he boasts an impressive list of high-profile clients for TV, film and radio.
MATT CHANDLER (guitar) Matt’s virtuoso ability puts him in constant demand; his work in recent years includes many projects with Youth (Martin Glover) for artists such as Poly Styrene and The Orb. A jazzman at heart, Matt has also written and self-released albums “After Midnight” (2009) and “It Goes Like This” (2011).