Tay Cher Siang
Musician and composer
Tay Cher Siang is one of Southeast Asia’s finest jazz pianists, composers, arrangers and producers, and is currently living in Kuala Lumpur.
With an early training in classical music, he took up jazz in his teens and began a musical odyssey as a jazz pianist. He studied with the renowned teachers James Miltenberger and Paul Scea in the United States, before returning to Malaysia to immerse himself in jazz education at a number of universities, while also teaching at his private studio and giving master classes and jazz clinics.
As a pianist and composer, Cher Siang has toured extensively, performing in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America with both the multinational band Unit Asia, and with his own band WVC – one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary jazz ensembles. WVC have released six instrumental albums of original music which explore different musical genres, while maintaining the spirit of jazz as their core, and feature different line-up combinations. The band also experiments with transforming Malayan classics, Chinese classics, pop tunes, and mainstream music into new jazz rearrangements. They have a particular interest in the intersection between music and literature, including performances inspired by William Shakespeare, Haruki Murakami and poetry.
Cher Siang is also active in producing recordings with various musicians and singers in Southeast Asia, credited with 28 albums. He has also worked as the music director and arranger for various Malaysian performers, and has been involved with film soundtracks, musicals and work for theatre. He is currently the chair of the organising committee of the annual Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival.
Cher Siang and WVC won three awards at the prestigious BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2016 and a further two awards in 2020.
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