Little Kids Jazz World – Creative and Performance Team Bio

Ng Cheuk-yin|Artistic Director & Composer

Ng Cheuk-yin is a composer, music producer, sheng performer and a cappella artist.

Ng is the artistic director of the Yat Po Singers, the first artist associate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and music director of the fusion band SIU2. After receiving a post-graduate degree from the Department of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he went on to study Japanese at the International Christian University in Tokyo and jazz music at Codarts University for the Arts in the Netherlands.

In 2012, Ng received the award for Best Artist from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 2009 and 2013, he won Best Serious Composition in the CASH Golden Sail Music Awards for the theatrical choral concert Rock Hard and the double sheng concerto Before the City Collapses respectively. His choral work Singing Voices of the World was twice awarded the CASH Golden Sail Most Performed Works (Serious Music) Award, in 2014 and 2019. Ng also received the “My Favourite Song” award at the 2018 Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation.

Ng’s major orchestral works include the sheng concerto for Chinese orchestra The Seventh Month, the drum-set concerto Fly, the Chinese orchestral work Tang Resonating and the Chinese percussion concerto White.

Other compositions by Ng include music for the dance drama L’Amour immortel, Lady White of West Snake and Di Zi Gui; music for the concert Herbal, Vocal or Motional?, a crossover collaboration between the Yat Po Singers and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; and the Yat Po Singers’ productions Requiem HK, Pica Pica Choose, This Victoria Has No Secrets, and Sing Sang Sung. Other genre types include the film score for the McDull movie, Pork of Music; choral works Before We Grow Up, Voices of the World, Music of Love and Ears in Heaven; and pop songs Meet Or Not To Meet and Under the Cherry Blossom Tree by Hins Cheung and Can’t Get Happy by Eason Chan.

Jarita Wan | Original Text

Graduated from the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and receiving her Master degree for Creative Writing at The University of Hong Kong, Jarita starred in her musical debut in ActorsFamily’s The Passage Beyond in 2009 and had received wide recognition. She toured around Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou for this production for 8 years, including the Musical in Concert with The Hong Kong Sinfonietta and its Decca Records soundtrack recording, where SCMP described her voice as “beguiling”. She has staged her own musical The Nightingale, being the music director, playwright, composer, lyricist and lead performer for it, and was nominated at The 29th Hong Kong Drama Awards for “Best Leading Actress” (Comedy/Farce) and “Best Original Score” (Musical Theatre).
Jarita co-founded Theatre Hikari, advocating performing arts education for schools and charity organizations. She is currently a freelance performing, creative and educative artist, residing in Barcelona.

Joyce Cheung|Arranger & Keyboardist

Hong Kong based jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. Joyce is a co-artistic director at Music Lab, an emerging cross genre music festival organiser.

Her debut album, Set Loose, was released in September 2020 under Ginger Muse, a recording label that brings local instrumentalists to the world stage.

Joyce’s latest performances including the “Flow: Notes between HK & SG”, organised by the HKETOs in Jan 2021. Last year, she co-curated two of the biggest online shows “The Show Must Go Online” followed by “Show Will Go Online”, which took place at Haw Par Music and funded by the West Kowloon Cultural District. She made her appearance at the Freespace Jazz Fest, Cantonese Pop Star On Chan’s personal concert.

Joyce spent her formative years at the Berklee College of Music, graduated with first honors in film scoring and contemporary writing and production in 2014 and then her master’s in contemporary performance in 2017.

Despite her many hats, Joyce is also a dedicated educator. She was invited to conduct masterclasses and performed at Musicians. Education Festival, Prague. She also teaches the Jazz programme at the EdUHK.

A frequent collaborator with local musicians, including Chan Fai Young, Joey Yung, Alfred Hui, On Chan and the Grasshoppers. Joyce was responsible for arranging the latest album of Harmonica World Champion CY Leo, her works also included a 100-piece orchestral and choral musical. Joyce maintains an active presence in local jazz and pop scene and has had the pleasure of showcase her music live audiences across continents.

Sara C. | Singer

Graduated from EXCEL of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in the BTEC Musical Theatre Programme, she attained Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (QCF). Sara C. has been involved in different singing and musical performances since pursuing her studies in musical theatre. Fascinated by neo-soul, R&B and jazz music, her singing style is deeply influenced by these genres.

In 2016, she officially started her singing journey at the live house 1563 At The East. Currently focuses on pop and jazz music, Sara has performed in live houses, weddings, malls, events, including Hong Kong International Airport, Lee Tung Avenue, Harbour City, Fashion Asia Hong Kong 2016, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2017, EGGssentially ART! 2018, Tai Kwun, and 1563 At The East, etc.

In 2019, She also participated in Leo Ku’s “We Tour Part 2” concert and Jan Lamb’s “Happy Monday Standup 2019” stand-up comedy show as one of the choir members in Hong Kong Coliseum.

She has recently collaborated with Coverdog in their unplugged series, covered the songs “Say Something” and “Human Nature” in their music videos.

Besides live performances, Sara has also been participated in singing recordings, including recent work of renowned composer Vicky Fung and lyricist Yiu-Fai Chow’s “Social Gathering Ban(d) Song”, and “All The Same” from the multi-media stage show “Utopia, momentarily”.

Vincent Lau | Guitarist

With over 15 years of experience in jazz guitar, Vincent is one of the raising stars in the local music scene. Vincent has developed his own style and technique, which won him various awards including the Best Guitarist Award in the Caritas Music Competition (2005 and 2007).

Embarking on his career as a full-time musician, he has performed with famous musicians and musical groups including II Divo, Ted Lo, AGA, Cy Leo, Moon Haewon (former vocalist of Winterplay), the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Yin Ng, Robynn Yip (Robynn and Kendy), and Patrick Tang. He also took part in Cy Leo’s project “Lost in Time” in 2018. Besides working with different artists, he has formed his own band Fusion Pig, which focuses on fusion and original pieces. He is also popular in performing at wedding banquets and private events.

As an acclaimed music educator, Vincent has been teaching guitar and ukulele for over 10 years at international schools / institutions such as Harrow International School, French International School, Yew Chung International School and German Swiss International School, as well as conducting private lessons for students of all ages and with different cultural backgrounds.

His teaching philosophy is student-oriented and focuses on the enjoyment of music, history and development of music, techniques on practicing/ performing and processlearning. With a 2 year-old son, He fully understands the importance of teaching children with patience and love, and nurturing them with music. Also, He performs with his students sometimes in student concerts and events, such as with a student ukulele group with different ages to let students get more hands-on experience and grow more interest.

Victor Chu | Guitarist

Victor graduated from Musicians Institute with a Bachelor degree in guitar performance and had been given the post of teaching assistant after graduation. During his study, he achieved the Student Excellence Award and Stanley Clarks Scholarship.

He is now working in Hong Kong as a session guitar player. He has been doing some guitar recording for pop tunes and working as a session guitar player. Apart from working as a session player, he loves jazz funk/fusion music and he participated in Freespace jazz festival 2019 and 2020. He is working on his original music, planning to record his own instrumental album.

Anna Fan | Drums & Percussion

Since Anna’s return from Boston in 2010, she has been widely accepted in the Hong Kong music scene. She has played in music festivals all over the world, and she’s also very active in the Hong Kong music scene, having performed with Laura Fygi, Eason Chan, Sammi Cheng, Hacken Lee, etc.

Anna is the composer and percussion advisor for highly acclaimed ‘Detention’ by Tang Shu-Wing Theatre Studio since 2012.

Apart from being the drummer of jazz quartet maRK, Anna is also a TV show host for RTHK Channel 31 ‘Indie Music,’ a 10- episode series on Hong Kong’s indie music scene.

Anna founded PE LAB (Percussion Ensemble LAB), fusing pop music, jazz, Broadway musical style, exploring the possibilities, and passing down the percussion art form. Anna is also the creative director, composer, arranger, leader, lead singer of [dǎ jiān], and FANtastic Line, pushing the boundary of percussion music and jazz culture.

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