ChihYang Hsieh, a native Taiwanese, is an electric and double bassist, singer, composer, arranger, educator active in different musical genres. As a bassist, he frequently performs in jazz clubs in Taiwan and is now an inhouse bassist in Hyatt Hotel Taipei. In areas other than jazz, he also plays concerts of popular music for singers such as Nylon Chen, Wawa Jin and Joanna Wang. As a composer and arranger, he has composed and arranged music in different genres and medias for Municipal Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Groove Jazz Orchestra, FJU jazz combo, DaAi Television, Funkchon Jazz Vocal Group, Taipei Jazz Collective, etc. As a singer, his jazz vocal group, Funkchon, has performed frequently in Taiwan, and especially a recent trip to Macau for its annual vocal festival in 2014. ChihYang received his master degree in jazz composition/arranging from University of North Texas and is now an adjunct faculty for jazz music in the music department of FuJen University since 2012.
A classical and jazz saxophonist, Cheng-Yu Lee teaches saxophone and jazz history/appreciation/theory and performance at National Taipei University of Education, Hsinchu University of Education, and Fu-Jen Catholic University.
Mr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Taiwan University in 1997. He then earned a Performance Diploma from Bowling Green State University in 2001, and a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance in 2003.
During the years in the United States, he studied classical saxophone with Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Eugene Rousseau and Dr. Erick Nestler. In Jazz Studies, he studied with James Miglia, Mike Steniel, James Riggs, and John Murphy.
Mr. Lee leads the Onyx Jazz Quartet and won 2st Prize in the Chrysler & ICRT Jazz Competition in 2005, and the Creative Award in the Land Music Awards in 2006. IN 2007, the Onyx Jazz Quartet released their first CD, Reliance. Lee released his first classical album Fantaisie in 2009 and was nominated the Best Arranger Award in the 21st Golden Melody Awards.
Mr. Lee founded and directs the Taipei Jazz Orchestra, one of the preeminent big bands in Asia. His book, Jazz Theory for Novices, was published in 2007 by Mercury Publishing House.
Cheng-Yu Lee is an Antigua Artist
Kyle studied at Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Northern Colorado, completing his doctorate in 1995. In 1992 he received the prestigious Fulbright Grant for a year of pedagogical research into new methods of teaching improvisation in Hungary. From 1992 to 1997 Kyle was a professor of classical trumpet and jazz at Bradley University in Illinois and taught most recently as professor of jazz trumpet at the Trento Conservatory in Northern Italy.
Currently, Kyle travels throughout the USA, Italy, Europe, as a solo artist and educator, having performed and taught in the United States, Italy, Canada, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, England, Spain, Romania, and many other countries.
In past years, he performed with numerous internationally known jazz and commercial artists, including Paul Motian, Bob Mintzer, JJ Johnson, Dianne Reeves, Liza Minelli, The Temptations, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Mingus Dynasty.
Kyle has recorded over 40 albums with various artists and independent labels, including most recently EGEA, El Gallo Rojo, and Almar Records and many others. Kyle is currently involved launching a new house concert movement, called SOULSPACE.
American trombonist, Nick Javier is a native of Michigan, and is currently an active musician and educator based in Taiwan. He is the bandleader of the Nick Javier Group, and a freelance musician involved in not only the Jazz community, but in studio and film score recording as well. Nick has toured with Taiwanese pop artist, Jay Chou, and American R&B artist, Neo. Nick has performed with world-class jazz musicians such as Albert “Tootie” Heath, Antonio Hart, Michael Phillip Mossman and more. He holds faculty positions at Tunghai University, National Chiayi University, and the National Taiwan Concert Hall Summer Jazz program. Nick has also been invited to give master classes in Mahidol University, Rangsit University, and Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nick obtained his Master of Music degree in jazz studies from Michigan State University, and his Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, in the Netherlands, where he was mentored by Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra alumnus, Rodney Whitaker, and Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, as well as Dutch trombonist, IljaReijngoud. Nick is currently a brand representative of CarolBrass instruments.
A Jazz Musician. Principal instruments: Saxophones, Flute, Piano
Graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Shawna Performs in major live houses in Taipei and music festivals in Taiwan. She is currently the sax player and pianist in Metamorphosis Jazz Band, and also the lead alto sax player in Taipei Jazz Orchestra. She was also endorsing for Jazz Saxophones by YAMAHA. In addition to her own album, she also appears in the album by Jolin Tsai, Gray Tsao, LTK Band. She performs in many concerts such as Matthew Lien Concert and Welley Yang Xmas concert.
Her second solo album “Simple Life” recorded in New York has published in 2015 June, and was nominated for the best musician, best jazz single and best Jazz Album in 2015 Golden Music Awards in Taiwan.
Now she is teaching in Chung-Yuan University and Tainan Applied Technology University.
Jazz violinist Wei-Jun Huang graduated from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels with a Master of Arts in Music – Jazz Performance. There, he studied jazz with saxophonist Jeroen Van Herzeele and clarinetist John Ruocco.
Wei-Jun is the lead violinist in a Golden Melody Award-winning jazz group Orbit Folks. He worked as an arranger and string section leader for pop-star Yoga Lin’s world tour. Wei-Jun’s performance experience includes: Jarasum Jazz Festival (Korea), Shanghai Jazz Festival (China), Nanjing Jazz Festival (China), Summer Jazz Festival (Taiwan), Taichung Jazz Festival (Taiwan) and North Mountain World Music Festival (China).
In 2014, Wei-Jun founded the jazz string quartet “INTERESTRING”. The following year, the group’s first album, Interestring, was nominated for Taiwan’s Golden Melody Award in four categories, and won the Golden Indie Music Award for “Best Jazz Album”.
Born in Chicago, Adam has performed with jazz artists such as Scott Hamilton, Melvin Sparks, Keith Tippett, Nostalgia 77, David Berkman, Herb Geller, Bobby Wellins, Martin Zenker, Tony Monaco, Barbara Morrison and Peter King. He has lived in New York City, Berlin, Edinburgh, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Taipei, and has performed all over the world. Touring with his own quartet in the US and the UK, he has performed with his groups in the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Fettes Jazz Festival and the Williamsburg Jazz Festival, among others. He has also toured and recorded with rock and folk artists such as The Blood Oranges, Amy Allison, Neil Cleary, Jerry Joseph, The Jackmormons, John Carlin and Megan Peters, and has shared the stage opening for bands such as The Wailers, ZZ Top, Hot Tuna, X, Weezer, Cracker, Michelle Shocked, O.A.R., Mike Watt, Kansas, and War, among many others.
While living in New York City from 1999 – 2005 Sorensen earned a BFA in Jazz Performance at the New School University, where he studied with jazz greats such as Carl Allen, Gregory Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, Michael Carvin, Gerri Allen, Peter Bernstein, Hal Galper, Jane Ira Bloom, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, and others. He performed regularly in NY’s music scene, and while living in NY, had the opportunity to perform, tour, and record with a number of great artists both in and out of the jazz scene.
As an educator, Sorensen has taught privately throughout his career in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has also taught drumming master classes, jazz workshops, and rhythm section workshops, in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In addition to his career as a drummer, Adam has recorded and performed internationally as a singer/songwriter/guitarist, and released his solo debut in 2012, entitled ‘MIDWEST’, on City Creek Records. This record made the list for Top Folk Albums of 2012. He has toured Europe, Asia and the US, to support ‘Midwest’, and has received great reviews and radio play in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. His new singer/songwriter record is coming out in the fall of 2016. On ‘Midwest’, Sorensen features a number of talented musicians including jazz mandolin great, Don Stiernberg, jazz violinist Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell), jazz cellist Chris Hoffman (Henry Theadgill), and multi-instrumentalist Mark Spencer (Son Volt).
Alan Kwan is a jazz guitarist, composer, and educator who is currently based in New York City. Kwan was born in Hong Kong and started playing guitar at the age of 14; after 4 years of musical training, he decided to devote himself to jazz. He studied with Ted Lo and Eugene Pao and started performing in Hong Kong. Within a few years, he became one of the most active jazz musicians in the city.
In 2009, he moved to the United States to further pursue his study in music. He has studied with Fred Hamilton, Richard McClure, and Noel Johnston at the University of North Texas, where he was the recipient of the College of Music Scholarship, Kris Kolflat Scholarship, and Academic Scholarship. He also studied privately with David Berkman, Paul Bollenback, Stefan Karlsson, Quamon Fowler, Rodney Jones, Nir Felder, Ben Monder, Mike Moreno, Bruce Saunders, John Stowell, Clint Strong, and many other renowned musicians.
Kwan has performed in Hong Kong, Dallas, New York, and Tokyo with various jazz musicians including Dayna Stephens, Fabian Almazan, Paul Bollenback, Orlando Le Fleming, Sean Wayland, David Smith, George Delancey, Curtis Graham Nowosad. He also performed for the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) and the Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Carrie Lam.
In the summer of 2016, Kwan was invited to teach master classes and perform with the Kos Swing Big Band in Taiwan under the direction of Grammy-nominee Dr. Gene Aitken. Kwan was a semi-finalist of the 2016 and 2017 International Songwriting Competition.
Grace holds a M.A. degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University. As a jazz pianist, she has performed at the Taichung Jazz Festival and numerous jazz venues in Taiwan, including Sappho, Marsalis, Alchemy, Franz and Friends, and the Grand Hyatt Taipei. She plays regularly with her combo at the Blue Note in Taipei. She has taught and conducted workshops at the National Concert Hall summer jazz camp and the National Dong Hwa University. Grace currently teaches jazz-related courses, including jazz piano, keyboard harmony, jazz theory, at the Fu Jen Catholic University and the School of Continuing Education, Chinese Culture University.