胡琳 Bianca Wu 爵士貓 Jazz Cats

胡琳 Bianca Wu Bibi quote from RTHK interview

胡琳 Bianca Wu Bibi quote from RTHK program: 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳

By random chance, I came across Jazz singer 胡琳 Bianca Wu (Facebook, nickname Bibi) in some RTHK promos (see below) of a RTHK program: 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳 about Bianca. (For English speakers, have a listen to Bianca’s renditions of “Fly Me to the Moon“, “Night and Day” in 《Bianca Live: with the New York Jazz Cats》.)

I ended up watching the 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳 (full 50+ minutes) last night and really enjoyed it. See below for the description from RTHK. And I left two public comments at Bianca’s Facebook page as my words of encouragement which I excerpted with edits here.

//胡琳 Bianca Wu, I just finished watching the RTHK program from Canada. I ended up listening to many songs from the fan club YouTube channel today and actually quite like a few of your songs. My wife (a classically trained soprano in her youth) and I both found your voice very beautiful. What a great example of talent, hard work and determination!
And from a business perspective, how lucky you met Patrick Chu in NYC and have Patrick as your long time music producer and agent! I wish the team a lot more success in the years to come.// [Few words from Patrick.]

//P.S. One more note Bibi. I am amazed how true to yourself you seemed in the RTHK program and that kind of “young at heart” is hard to fake. Bibi, I don’t know what is the story behind the lyrics of “被窩” but the song seems to touch you (and your fans) deeply. That is very cool. Keep up the good work and please stay true to yourself and that should serve you well.
P.P.S. I am no expert in music but I love some of Nina Simone songs. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend the 2015 Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)” [RT, Indiewire] First rate.
Finally, this picture and sequence of performance before it lead me to think that I should take some time to write you a brief note of encouragement. Good luck and I will keep watching!//

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Artists like 胡琳 Bianca Wu who is true to her music and art are hard to find anywhere and especially in Hong Kong (a market now seems to be dominated by manufactured K-Pop stars with some serious downsides like harsh “slave contracts” as reported by BBC).

I don’t personally know Bianca’s music producer/manager/agent Patrick Chu who discovered Bibi originally in NYC in 2006. And I have no insight to the contractual terms between Bibi and Patrick but by the public accounts I’ve read in the media, it seems Patrick has treated Bianca in this music and business partnership well. Somehow Bibi and Patrick reminded me of two other pairs of collaborators. First pair is an obscure Indian mathematician discovered by an English mathematician (Ramanujan and Hardy). The second pair is an obscure Quebec French Canadian singer discovered by a singer/manager (Celine Dion and René Angélil). I think it is fair to say our world will be poorer if these three pairs of collaborators have not met.

Best of luck to Bibi in making more beautiful songs and arts (musical, films). And best of luck to Patrick in helping Bibi to create something fascinating and interesting.

*****

RTHK 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳 description: //『不是為了取悅樂迷,而是想認真做自己喜歡的爵士樂!』

胡琳九年前加入香港樂壇,初期曾經嘗試過不同路線,後來出版了一張以爵士樂風格翻唱四大天王歌曲的大碟,奠定了香港爵士天后的地位。是甚甚麼原因,令她選擇爵士樂這條在香港樂壇稍為偏鋒的路線?

養貓的胡琳,自言本身性格亦酷似她的寵物:散漫、自我、無拘無束,恰似她所鍾愛的爵士樂。

胡琳的樂迷認為她的歌聲能治癒自己、深受感動。胡琳的好友卻認為她是個『收收埋埋』的人,平日不輕易將自己的心事與人傾訴……
也許音樂是她內心的舒發,想將壓抑的感情釋放出去的方法?

節目中還有CASH(香港作曲家及作詞家協會)新歌計劃的新歌:
《然後》
主唱:胡琳
作曲:戴晉陽
作詞:盧永強
監製/編曲:GORO WONG //

(YouTube published 2014/08/07) 胡琳 Bianca Wu 月半彎

YouTube published on Aug 7, 2014: 胡琳 Bianca Wu 愛不完

(Published on Aug 19, 2015) 胡琳 Bianca Wu – 思城 (Official MV)

RTHK promo #1: 「12音樂門‧逃」《故事篇》:第六集

RTHK promo #2: 胡琳化身貓奴 !

RTHK promo #3: 胡琳愛貓如命

2015/08/18 “【我係貓奴】胡琳:貓食嘅嘢貴過我

“胡琳指入行至今都可以靠賣碟過活,但談唔上係賺大錢,講到佢公開工作量唔多,會否怕被人懷疑被包養?佢笑住話:「我又冇家庭負擔,唔使養家人,撇除唱片版稅收入,我都有好多公司請我演出,可以話係我嘅包養人,我自己就包養咗兩隻貓,啲貓食嘅嘢仲貴過我,所以我係貓奴。」

講到擇偶條件,佢話係要獨立嘅男仔,唔需要男友包養自己,只要關心自己便可。”

2014/11/29 “樂壇不死鳥:胡琳拒唱K歌堅持Jazz夢

“入行8年的胡琳一直堅持唱Jazz和R&B,又捨得揼錢到紐約多間著名學院修讀演藝、聲樂、舞蹈及國際拉丁舞課程,雖然不斷努力向上游,卻依然被偶像主導的市場所忽視,胡琳有感而發說:「可能大家對我印象,只係出碟時會出現一下,跟住過一排又靜番,大家唔知我匿埋咗去邊,我做嘅音樂未必係香港聽眾覺得好主流,大家覺得Jazz同自己生活冇乜關係,或者有人鍾意聽K歌多啲,未聽就已經唔畀機會我。」
唱得又跳得的胡琳卻紅不起,有否覺得自己懷才不遇?她笑說:「完全冇呢種感覺,歌迷真金白銀買唱片或睇演唱會,嗰刻令我好開心,我其實好成功,就算唔係最受歡迎女歌星,我講真㗎,本身個人好樂觀,成功喺每人心目中標準唔同,對我嚟講,可以做到鍾意嘅嘢就係成功,如果過咗10年、50年之後,攞番自己啲碟出嚟,除咗我當係瑰寶之外,有一班人曾經聽過呢啲歌,甚至乎以後都聽緊呢啲歌,畀我好大鼓勵。」 […]

「我冇畀錢出碟」
不過,數月前胡琳卻跟大名娛樂解約,失去唱片公司支持的她說:「自己出道以嚟都係同一間經理人公司,中間同兩間唱片公司合作:bma、大名娛樂,兩間公司合作都有得着,學到好多嘢,我同大名合作差唔多一年,開頭做碟好開心,但後來大家理念方向唔同,所以和平分手,慶幸冇擺雪櫃幾年同要我賠錢。」未簽到新公司的胡琳,新碟惟有由經理人公司推出,她說:「新碟年中錄好,唔想拖慢速度,有時隔太耐唔出歌,真係以為你去咗開花店。我要澄清,好多人以為我好有錢,屋企有唔有錢我唔知,只係好一般家庭,但我冇畀錢出碟,開頭有少少唔開心,大家好似永遠覺得我畀錢出碟,唔係有人投資我興趣,到後來解唔解釋唔重要,碟有質素最重要。」
近年改出發燒碟的胡琳,強調並不是貪發燒碟有市場,她說:「其實出普通碟都係一樣銷量,實數有萬幾二萬,自己最差隻碟都有八千至一萬銷量,做騷都可以賺到錢,雖然唔使家人資助,但我冇畀家用,當然希望經濟可以更加好。大家入行都有一個夢想,我夢想咪唱歌,如果唔鍾意發夢,唔會做同藝術有關,我仍然想繼續做,但唔會話做到七十歲,太誇。」”

2015/08/28 “胡琳堅持留港發展:有好多嘢令我愛上嘅地方

2014/09/25 “胡琳撐罷課 李龍基唱反調

2009/06/12 “胡琳減肥減出禍

2011/01/09 “胡琳低胸開騷唔自在

Search in Apple Daily News for “胡琳” related news

(Published on Feb 12, 2014) 胡琳 – 《Bianca Live: with the New York Jazz Cats》 – Blu-ray Version

(2014/02/06) 03. 愛是全奉獻 – 《Jazz Them Up Once More》Looks like someone posted a full disk play list here.

2013/12/15 YouTube published 胡琳 (Bianca) 現場連續獻唱《綠野仙蹤》《Kiss me》《She will be love》!

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