Today, whilst helping my husband with some flyers for his latest jazz workshop in the local arts centre, I tripped on a beautiful story. In our neighbouring suburb, there is a certain street, coincidentally called Mint Street, as with our acoustic keyboard/bass duo. And on this street was a little corner crafts shop called ‘Stitcher’s   Read More …

Freaking me out with his smiling death stare

It has been on my heart to write a little something about the community we are experiencing in this season that is a first for us in Perth. Summer. So we have heard about it. The flies, the hot air, the sunscreen and the aridity which together with the heat brings bushfires even with just   Read More …

[refer to inspire#8: Buying Happiness (Mak CK)] I think of the times when I was back in pre-university. Class of about 15 people? I could barely recall details of class, years and so on, but i cannot forget the stories and the people and just some extra special moments. I shared with CK (as I   Read More …

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[also see Background to inspire#8: Buying Happiness (Mak CK)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Mak, in A Few Words I’m a professional storyteller who tries to shine a light on important social issues through personal human stories. The Calling & The Path I’ve always loved expressing myself and telling stories to an   Read More …

[This article is the background to ‘inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘] And about 2 years ago, pianist, entertainer and mentor Mario Serio asked me to join him as the lead singer on a Chinese New Year’s function gig alongside with the wonderful Ernesto Valerio and friends. It was a quartet   Read More …

Inpsire#7 features Jazz Man Mario Serio

[see ‘Background to inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘ for the background to this interview.] It was 1994. The phone rang. Mario was in his hotel room in Las Vegas watching O.J. Simpson busy getting chased by helicopters. Jazz singer from New York, Nancy Kelly was on the line, asking if   Read More …

[refer to main article “Inspire#6: Out of Paper Boxes (Melinda Tan)“] Inspire# isn’t anything less than a love-job (if it was a job at all). It was birthed out of seeing myself as a passageway, and i’ve used this phrase often with friends and colleagues: I see myself, and the projects I place my hands   Read More …

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[for the background and my personal response to this article please see “Background to Inspire#6: Out of Paper Boxes (Melinda Tan)“] I have always had trouble forming cool, suave and hip introductions of myself on social. It’s a hard thing to do, being honest of how you see yourself and how others look at you,   Read More …

P+M plays at Kalamunda Jazz Festival 2016

It was our first time going to Kalamunda and what a treat! It is just as well that we had only just seen David Attenborough’s program on ‘The Private Life of Plants’ which covered bits and pieces of the Australian bush and flora. Up the zig-zaggy road, we realised why there is literally a festival   Read More …

第12屆InDPanda國際電影節(香港)

所谓的SHORT FILM就是微电影。之前也许你也和我一样,以为中文翻译应该是“短片”。但老是觉得不对,查了一下,很快地发现正确名称。非常graceful,很有意思的翻译吧? 从1999年,当海蝶音乐的许老师和郭老师把我推荐给Kelvin Tong电影《吃风》的音乐制作人Joe Ng(乐队PADRE成员)时,我可是有嫩又傻的小女生。因为算是比较大型的project,我还记得当时非常兴奋。录音的方式非常特别,不像是普通正式的录音室,而是在Joe的卧室录音。记得录音方式让我有了初次“玩”的经验。回想起来,真的,非常感激。这是我二十年来最难忘的录音经验两次当中之一。我一直认为,也许就因为如此特别初次录音的经验,才完完全全的打破了接下来所有录音的要求。也才让我一直向往写出一首可以再次画出那样的梦境的一首歌。不奢求,不过梦想终究真的在准备《完美之旅》我的首张原创专辑有机会实现了。 一向另类的我,就是喜欢非主流的合作。还记得,第一次遇见Melinda是在新加坡艺术节(Singapore International Arts Festival 2012)。我与3位非常杰出的乐手组成了爵士四重奏White Noise Quartet。演出当晚感觉很好,下台过后,有几位小粉丝向我跑过来。小聚会解散过后,一位女生与她两位朋友向我走过来。就这样子,我认识了studio3(studiothree)的成员,也不久后成为了朋友。很荣幸的,我先生与我也为Melinda的婚礼大约在前两年的时候以《点点月光》乌克丽丽组合的形式表演了一场。非常有意思。Melinda与他的制作小组的微电影目前已经得到了不少认可和收获。因为采用了我的歌曲,所以感觉上,6年前的音乐一直有着延续生命的机会。下周天9月11日,下午2:30邀请香港微电影粉丝支持第12届InDPanda国际电影节首次在香港放映的6段小故事。当中的《这一刻,你好不好》(Seletar),这部微电影,就是studio3b的作品。里头采用了我的原创「Hey You」(2010)。在此,我也亲自代studio3感谢Jonathan Hung与其他InDPanda国际电影节的创办人对独立影片和艺术以及电影制作的新手一直以来的支持与栽培。(购票) 很开心能够在这个小小空间与大家分享我的声音目前(非常荣幸的)在微电影“出现”的次例。 采用的原创歌曲: 「完美之旅」(「The Perfect Journey」) : Paper Boxes 《紀念品》(studiothree) 片尾曲 // Film Festivals & Screenings // 2012 8th InDPanda Short Film Festival (Hong Kong) 2013 18th Portobello Film Festival (London) 2013 Tropfest South East Asia Roughcut George Town Festival (Penang) 2013   Read More …