"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
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
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
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
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.