"Night Of The Keys" With Kindness In Our Hearts

“Night of the Keys” was a jazz and contemporary music concert performed by International and top Malaysian artistes that ran for two nights in Malyasia. The first performance held in Dewan Philharmonic Petronas Kuala Lumpur on the 3rd August at 8.30pm, with all proceeds in aid of Bless Community and the second night in Wawasan Open University, Penang in support of NASAM Penang. In collaboration with Roland Asia Pacific and Dewan Philharmonic Petronas, this concert was organized and managed by The Truly Loving Company or “TLC” as it is more popularly known.

Tracy Collins’ dream was to change the image of the Accordion so that it can be seen as a vibrant modern instrument that has huge versatility – not dissimilar to what Vanessa Mae has achieved for the violin. Performing on both nights, Tracy Collins, an accordionist from New Zealand, was a member of the internationally renowned Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra that toured Europe in1996, she was the main entertainer of the Coupe Mondiale – World Accordion Championships in 2009 and she made a Special Guest Appearance with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of The Proms 2008/2009. Tracy released her first CD “Bon Jour Paris” in 1998 and followed with her second album “Live At Pastis” in 2010. Listen to how she pushes the boundary and experiment with sounds and styles that one would not typically identify with the accordion.

On organ we had Ryoki Yamaguchi from Japan who began playing the piano at the age of four and the electric organ at six. His repertoire includes various styles of music, jazz, popular, and classical.  He is one of the rare organists who can play electric organ, pipe organ, and theatre organ. He also performs contemporary compositions at world premiers.

 Joining the International artistes is Malaysian group WVC Trio + 1 which was formed in West Virginia University when Tay Cher Siang was studying there, with his colleagues Adam Osmianski and Jon Cavendish. This group with repertoire containing original material, unique arrangements of jazz standards and rock tunes performed in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Drawing inspiration from the great trios of the past like Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, and today's modern counterparts such as Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus, WVC Trio has developed a sound of their own.

Jeremy Yeo Jia Cai (16) is a talented, musical protégé, a rising star in the Malaysian Classical music scene. He has since been awarded a Fellowship in Piano Recital from the Trinity Guildhall College of London, Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London. Internationally Jeremy won the Gold Prize Awards in both the Piano Concerto and Piano Solo Categories in the Asia International Summer Piano Festival in Korea 2007.

Celebrate and enjoy the “Night of The Keys”, a performance specially assembled by Roland Asia Pacific, to demonstrate the creativity and innovation of Roland musical instruments that has never been seen or heard before like the Roland V-Drums, Digital Harpsichord, Digital Accordion and Digital Piano. Dennis Tan, Managing Director of Roland Asia Pacific felt that the concert was an excellent way to educate Malaysians to enjoy and appreciate music whilst supporting a good cause. “Night of the Keys” brought together music and sounds of different key forms, the organ, the piano and the accordion.

TLC was established in 2006 with the objective of enabling every one to care for and to support charitable causes everyday in the comfort of their homes, without any donations, but by simply using its TLC range of household and personal care products such as dishwashing liquid, floor and toilet bowl cleaners, shower crèmes and hand wash.  The company distributes 100% of its dividends to deserving charities, with 100% of its dividend bearing shares held in trust by HSBC (Malaysia) Trustee Berhad for the charities. TLC products are available at Carrefour, Giant, Cold Storage, Jusco, Tesco, Speedmart 99, Village Grocer and Sunshine.

Julia Chong, CEO of The Truly Loving Company commented that the “Night of the Keys” concert would allow TLC to support the Arts & Music for a very good cause, since all proceeds from the sales of the concert tickets will be donated to deserving charities. The funds raised from the two concerts will benefit BLESS Community Service, in Klang Valley and the National Stroke Association Malaysia (NASAM) in Penang.

BLESS Community Service is dedicated to assisting the poor and marginalized including provision of basic needs. Community programs are implemented to develop capacity and wholesome families, and English classes are conducted in urban poor areas. It is also involved in drug rehabilitation programs to assist addicts’ assimilation back to society. Its work outside Malaysia includes helping victims of natural disasters and orphans in Myanmar and Philippines.

NASAM Penang is a rehabilitation centre providing physiotherapy for stroke affected persons for them to relearn their coordination and motor skills. Its mission is to inform the public that there is Life After Stroke through proper rehabilitation and to promote the concept of stroke prevention.  They have two qualified Physiotherapists in attendance, providing group therapy sessions, Yoga exercises and organizing outings for those in need.

The event was supported by Sin Chew Daily, the most highly circulated newspaper in Malaysia and Mutiara Johan Group, a property development company with a successful track record established over 20 years and with a reputation of delivering quality that caters to every sector in the property market. Their projects range from high rise condominiums to commercial properties. MJG contributes regularly to poor communities, schools and other charitable causes to make a difference to society.

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