About the Show
The Shang Sisters bring their inimitable artistry, style and flair to create a concert for the ages. Taking inspiration from the vibrant spirit of Shanghai jazz nearly a century ago, Janet Lee, Winnie Ho and Mian Tan cut a dash, presenting classic Chinese and Malay songs, tunes from the Great American Songbook and much more, all rooted in a distinctly Malaysian and Nanyang sound. Expect a foot-tapping, finger-clicking vibe carried by the rhythms of swing, Latin, rock ’n’ roll and soul, and accompanied by the award-winning WVC Jazz ensemble.
The Shang Sisters (Vocal group)
One is fun, two is merry, THREE is sublime.
The Shang Sisters are Asia’s leading Chinese female jazz vocal trio comprising Janet Lee, Winnie Ho and Mian Tan.
Originally formed in 2014 as the Shanghai Sisters, the group presented reinterpretations of Shanghai classics through songs and dances, and garnered much recognition from the music industry. The trio performed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, and released a self-titled album in 2019 which sold well in the region. The Shanghai Sisters were nominated under the Best Group category for the AIM Chinese Music Awards 2020, which the trio also attended as an award presenter.
In 2021 the group re-emerged with a new name and new vision to promote Nanyang jazz – Chinese jazz in Southeast Asia. The Shang Sisters’ repertoire now spans a multitude of regions and eras, and is known for its ingenious fusion of east and west, with a deep sense of Nanyang roots. With their multilingual prowess, jazzy imaginations, tight harmonies and vocals, the Shang Sisters epitomise artists of beauty and brains, an ensemble that is both contemporary and infused with a classic touch.
The Shang Sisters are long-time collaborators with WVC Jazz, Malaysia’s leading jazz ensemble. Their partnership offers exquisite excitement to sublime music-making.
The Shang Sisters are set to send their music to all corners of the world, spreading the beauty of jazz and the treasures of Nanyang.
Janet Lee 李抒芬 (Singer)
As a stage performer and vocalist, Janet Lee specialises in vintage music, regularly performing great songs from the 1920s to 1960s. Her unique musicality, vocals and stage presence deliver American songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, operatic arias, art songs, bossa nova and Shanghai jazz with inimitable flair and grace. Janet has released two studio albums: Restless Heart (2015) and Cinnabar Rouge (2017). She has staged and produced two solo concerts in conjunction with the album releases, to packed houses and rave reviews. She is a founding member of the Shang Sisters. Fronting the group’s public relations, she has managed and led the ensemble across numerous festivals and collaborations.
Winnie Ho 何芸妮 (Singer)
With over two decades of professional experience, Winnie Ho is a prolific, award-winning singer, producer, music educator and arranger in the audiophile and Chinese jazz scene. Some of her accolades include winner of the Astro Talent Quest and International Chinese Singing Competition, organised by Hong Kong TVB (2000), Best Vocal Performance Artist PWH Music Award (2018). Her recording portfolio spans eight concept albums, including 2v1g Vol. 1 (2008), The Jazzy Sounds of Teresa Teng (2012). She has released two self-produced solo albums: Chapter 01. Finally and Chapter 02. He Yun Ni. Winnie’s other primary role in the Shang Sisters is music production, and she works closely with the music director Tay Cher Siang in repertoire curation, vocal arrangement and album production.
Mian Tan 陳思敏 (Singer)
A multitalented singer, stage performer, musician and entrepreneur, Mian Tan’s music career started during her school and university years. A versatile musician and singer, she is well-versed in several music genres, from pop, indie and retro to jazz, and is a sought-after artist for concerts, private events and festivals. Her notable performances include a street festival in Hong Kong with Plan A Productions, the I Have a Date with Spring musical by Dama Asia Productions, a vocal performance in a CLUB Panasonic video, and as a recording artist for Pay Fong High School’s 100th anniversary album. Being the newest addition to the Shang Sisters’ line-up, Mian’s vocals and presence have brought a fresh zest to the group.
Formed in 2006, WVC Jazz are one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary jazz bands. The group has toured extensively in the region, recalling the spirit of being on the road – the lifestyle of touring jazz bands of old. The present incarnation of WVC consists of band leader/composer/arranger/music director/pianist Tay Cher Siang, bassist AJ Popshuvit and drummer Adriel Wong. WVC have released six instrumental albums of original music: WVC TRiO (2008), Eleven (2009), In the Dark, I See Her (2011), Waiting for That Day (2014), Do Not Go Gently (2016) and Give Thy Ear (2018). Their most recent album, Purnama (2021), revisits songs from the era of Malaysian independence and presents them in fresh contemporary arrangements. WVC won three awards at the prestigious BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2016 and a further two awards in 2020. The band also appeared briefly in the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians.
Tay Cher Siang (Musical director, keyboards)
Tay Cher Siang is one of Southeast Asia’s finest jazz pianists, composers, arrangers and producers, and currently lives 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 masterclasses 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 Jazz – one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary jazz ensembles.
Adriel Wong (Drums)
Adriel Wong graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Being an alumnus of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, he has received exposure to both classical and contemporary orchestral music. He actively pursues a full-time music career by engaging in projects with musicians locally and internationally, mostly as a jazz drummer. He is currently the drummer for WVC Jazz, and has been a sideman for notable musicians including Tay Cher Siang, Michael Veerapan, Julian Chan, Gabrielle Stravelli, Patrick O’Leary, Chi-Pin Hsieh, Kai-Ya Chang and Yuki Arimasa.
AJ Popshuvit (Bass)
AJ Popshuvit is a founder-member and bassist of WVC Jazz, one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary jazz bands, with whom he has toured extensively in the region. With WVC he has played on seven albums of original music, and won three awards at the prestigious BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2016 and a further two awards in 2020. He also appeared briefly with the band in the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians.
Eddy Lim (Saxophone)
Eddy Lim is a saxophonist and music educator. He started learning saxophone in a high school marching band in Kuala Terengganu and then studied at UCSI University, where he was taught saxophone under Julian Chan, Arif Yusof and Adil Johan. He completed a master’s degree in jazz performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Britain, where he took classes with jazz greats such as Jean Toussaint, Mike Williams and Percy Pursglove. As a performer, Eddy has played at numerous festivals in Britain, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. He is a freelance musician with a number of line-ups including the Julian Chan Jazz Orchestra, JSY (JiuShiYi) and Frozen Mugs, and is a much sought-after performer with a range of other leading musicians, including WVC Jazz.