胡琳 Bianca Wu 爵士貓 Jazz Cats

November 25, 2015
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.

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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, Read the rest of this entry »


Charatay張山十二年隧道巡唱

January 3, 2012

Charatay張山十二年隧道巡唱 2011 Dec

Charatay張山十二年隧道巡唱. Great sound. Creative way to have concerts. Enjoy the songs. Some pix here, here, here, and here.

Charatay張山十二年隧道巡唱_中環尾站_01.Opening

Charatay張山十二年隧道巡唱_中環尾站_02.Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Charatay張山十二年隧道巡唱_中環尾站_03.跑步機上

Charatay張山十二年隧道巡唱_中環尾站_07.Stand By Me


鐵達時 2011廣告

December 11, 2011

Dec 5, 2015 Update: Someone wrote this “鐵達時(Titus)廣告回顧” with many links to YouTube video ads from 1988 to 2013. Some of the older videos’ quality may not be great but they are still quite awesome to watch! Check out “鐵達時 2012 愛是永恆 一百年之約 廣告” (good video quality).

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我不知香港牌子錶鐵達時是否好、價錢合理或耐用,但它廣告的深入民心和影響力,則可以算是一流。 [HT LW & yanwei]

我覺得這兩分鐘的短篇加三十秒版比”4分鐘小說”劇場版更精更好看。

Time Is Love 2011電視廣告「這三年間」- 2分鐘電視劇場版

Time Is Love 2011電視廣告「這三年間」- 30秒 發現篇

Time Is Love 2011電視廣告「這三年間」- 4分鐘小說劇場版

天長地久(周潤發,吳倩蓮)1992

天長地久完全版(梅艷芳)1988


女人斟:星二代岑寧兒唱服 Eason

September 17, 2011

For the record.

女人斟:星二代岑寧兒唱服 Eason – 2011年09月17日

一直在幕後做和唱的岑寧兒,是岑建勳和劉天蘭的女兒。她擁有如清泉的聲線,試過在紅館牽動過萬觀眾的情緒。作為明星後代,事業沒如爆竹般,甫入行便轟動全城,沒有做主角,只在歌手背後「嘟嘟」、「啦啦」地和唱,但仍能唱出一片天,更被陳奕迅形容為「天籟之音」。 撰文:王連連
陳奕迅在去年的演唱會,刻意讓一位女和音獨唱。女和音在沒有音樂下,只與其他和音成員伴唱,唱出《 The End Of The World》。其間她投入得在尾段哭了出來,而 Eason亦為之動容,更用「天籟之音」來形容她。而很多網友在 youtube亦留言大讚看過她演出後感動落淚。

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岑寧兒在 Eason演唱會唱了一曲,天籟之音連 Eason也動容。互聯網圖片

這個靚聲新星,其實是岑建勳及劉天蘭的女兒岑寧兒( YoYo)。 YoYo從小加入合唱團,大學畢業後,做過電影場務,機緣巧合下結識李宗盛,更被對方收為徒弟;在她的表哥,即是 Swing成員 Jerald介紹下,開始參與演唱會的和音工作。第一個演出是商台音樂會,最近 YoYo不斷跟着 Eason到處巡迴演唱,又為麥當勞唱廣告歌,又會舉行個人音樂會。
YoYo憑一把靚聲令越來越多人認識她,近日她更推出個人唱片,歌曲都是由她一力創作。而她的音樂會,門票開賣十分鐘已售罄,歌迷反應熱烈,她說:「其實好耐之前已寫咗一堆歌,到今年真係覺得,入行以來要有個自我介紹,唱片就好似自己卡片,去畀大家認識我。」不過她仍不忘老本行和唱,她說:「我好鍾意唱和音,同全 group人跟住歌手風格去唱都幾開心。」

與團隊識於微時
YoYo謂自己對慢歌、抒情的歌曲會較易掌握,而李宗盛則教她如何投入在歌曲中,她說:「佢教我收到歌詞,要好似演員咁投入去個古仔度,處身諗吓遇到時嘅情況,唱嘅時候,就好似講嘢咁演繹出嚟。」
26歲的 YoYo能感動萬千觀眾,唱功甚至比現今很多歌手更高,她在 Eason的演唱會上,也想不到自己唱唱吓歌都突然落淚,她說:「我個人好理性㗎!但係有時喺台上,所有嘢就變得好極端。當日身邊同我一齊唱歌嘅人,全都係由細玩到大嘅朋友,當日又係演唱會最後一晚,突然有好多感觸。」她口中的合唱團隊 Charatay,其實由五位跟她從小認識,一起參加兒童合唱團的朋友。她們自創一些語言溝通,及只有他們六人才看得懂的歌譜,六人一早已建立深厚感情。

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YoYo雖是岑建勳與劉天蘭的女兒,但她走到今天,靠的是自己的實力。

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岑寧兒(左三)與合唱團隊 Charatay合作無間,默契十足。《 FACE》圖片

個唱飛極速售罄
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YoYo的個唱門票於 10分鐘內售罄,連她自己也感驚訝。

父親岑建勳跟母親劉天蘭,曾在林子祥首個個人演唱會做和音,不過 YoYo接受不到跟父母合唱一曲,她扁着嘴擰頭說:「唔好,完全諗唔到唱乜歌。如果唱《三人行》,我又覺得詩詩同林子祥唱好啲,聽番都好感動。」不過,林子祥翻唱《三》,找來 Charatay和唱,感覺耳目一新。
雖然 YoYo一直如綠草般美化歌手的歌曲,但她卻樂在其中,現在唱到街知巷聞,更推出自己的唱片。個唱門票十分鐘內售清,她說:「當日十點鐘開賣,朋友十點十分打畀我話冇晒飛。其實我自己都冇買飛,主辦商都話要去排隊買,我都好驚訝!」


Yoyo Sham 岑寧兒 and Charatay 格勒底

July 10, 2011

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I am slow and just discovered the cool sound of Yoyo Sham 岑寧兒 (Facebook) (her website) and her accapella group Charatay (格勒底, the six members are 岑寧兒、陳詠謙、張傑邦、梁仰詩、洪豐盈、袁慧妍) (Facebook). You can find out more about her music by joining her Facebook group and check out Charatay. [HT Eva]

At the moment, I love her best in her part of 三人行 – 重編新唱版本.

Here are some other songs to check out from a quick YouTube search of her name Yoyo Sham 岑寧兒 and also from the Charatay Bong’s YouTube channel.

Hill Cheung 10 Years (re-edit ) (May 2010)

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三人行 – 重編新唱版本

July 10, 2011

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The following new rendition of 〈三人行〉 is climbing my chart of favourite songs! Grat job. Beautifully done. [HT Eva]

And I left this comment at the YouTube video,

“我很喜歡這個”三人行”重編新唱版本!多謝林子祥(阿Lam)、Yoyo、Bong及各位創作人為我們帶來這一個動聽的新版本。

I really enjoy this new rendition of “三人行”! I love the original is a classic and no one wants it replaced. But we can’t simply live in the past. Great job to everyone involved. Beautifully done. Congrats!”

From YouTube song info,

“杜自持以人聲和唱(Accapella)重編〈三人行〉,在只有人聲沒有樂器伴奏之下,烘托出阿Lam有故事的聲線,今次肩負人聲和唱重責的是劉天蘭女兒Yoyo,昔日《­三人行》由劉天蘭唱女聲,今次阿Lam與Yoyo合作更具意思。”

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P.S. Here is the old classic. Strangely, I like the older and more mature Ah Lam 林子祥 in the new rendition of 〈三人行〉 even more! Smoother voice and more mature sound.


機會與性格 – 李怡

July 4, 2011

For the record. See also my video interview with 李怡的外孫 Scott MacIsaac – Portrait of a Young Award-Winning Classical Pianist.

機會與性格 – (李怡) – 2011年07月05日

外孫啟新今秋進耶魯鋼琴演奏系,跳過學士課程,直接受教於只教碩士生的鋼琴大師 Boris Berman,這是女兒一家從來不會奢望的事,卡加里也開始有新聞界訪問這個十八歲的大孩子了。
有朋友問我,他有此成績(還不能講成功)主要是什麼因素?天份嗎?努力嗎?天份,我們沒人看出來,我們家也沒有音樂傳統。努力是確實的,他每天練琴六七小時,很多他喜歡的運動娛樂他都放棄。但有天份也努力的人很多,除這兩者,他的成績還取決於機會和他的性格。
去年他參加愛民頓的一次鋼琴比賽,正好 Boris Berman當評判,而 Berman一輩子才第一次去愛民頓。在這比賽中,他評了啟新第一名,在比賽後的接待會,他當面向啟新提出希望他考慮去耶魯跟他學鋼琴,可以給他獎學金,並告訴他怎麼申請。耶魯鋼琴演奏班兩年才收了兩名學生。如果不是當場被 Berman看上,即使真是天才,求見 Berman也很難。所以是機會。
啟新的性格天生關心人。四年前,他偶然讓加拿大有名的鋼琴老師 Merilyn Engle上了一小時課, Merilyn欣賞他,想收他做學生,他除了高興即時的反應卻是擔心原來教他的老師不開心。這次他去耶魯,不擔心學不好或難適應,卻擔心 Merilyn的感受。有人問他,把鋼琴當做畢生事業的目的是什麼?難道他不知道古典音樂已越來越少人欣賞了嗎?他說,古典音樂是好東西,少人欣賞所以他更要把這種事業繼承下去。
我有一位記者朋友曾訪問郎朗,問他的人生目的,他說,多些演奏會,多出些 CD,讓更多人知道他,當然也想有更多收入。所以,他拒絕為六四彈奏《風中之燭》,是很自然的事。因為他不是藝術家。