A Musical Trip to Brunei

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It’s been awhile since I was here but I took an opportunity to record something musical with an old friend of mine when I was on a trip to visit her in Brunei. It’s great to be able to play friends who can keep up with you.

A wonderful four-hand jazz piano piece, Over the Rainbow that was arranged by yours truly. I had arranged this piece a few years back to perform with a student for a Piano Duet Festival in Penang.

Since it’s been quite sometime that we did something fun, we had to do a fun and simple piece to remember by.

 

With more time, I hope to update on something interesting later on.

That’s all for now.

Piano sheet: History by One Direction

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I have to admit I am not a big fan of One Direction. Totally disregard their music when they become a hit among all the tweens and teens that I teach. Then one fine day, I heard History on the radio and I wondered who on earth are the singers to these songs. Surprise, surprise, it is One Direction! Then I discovered their latest hits are actually quite pleasing to my ear.

I was really hooked to History ’cause it sounded very retro to me for some reason. (I am big fan of the 40s to 80s music, so apologies need to be made). Then I started to play the melody around on the piano and then, I just had to add some jazzy chords. I have not been following up very well on my Jazz education since university. However, I was able to write a Jazz piano duet some time last year to perform with a piano student from Penang. Maybe one day I will post that up.

In a way, this will be my latest jazzy cover of a pop song. Hope whoever comes across this will like it. Here’s also a video to have a quick impression.

To download the free pdf:history

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And here is also my recorded rendition of this cover:

Ayak-ayak: A modern take on traditional music #gamelan

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I I’m bringing back a lot of old arrangements into the open now. When I was studying my music degree, I had the privilege of playing Gamelan music. They are really intriguing instruments and its music simple as it maybe, it’s also most wonderful.

For a contemporary music class assignment, I take joy in arranging music for all kinds of instruments. Then, I decided to take the music we learned in Gamelan class and transformed its melody into a different style – jazz, which was pretty much what I was studying as part of my major.

At that time, we had really limited instruments and skills. We had to employ the use of keyboards and pianos. The name of the Gamelan music is “Ayak-ayak” and to be honest, I do not know its meaning either!

If you have interest in trying this arrangement, please do leave me a comment!

Below is a Gamelan sample of Ayak-Ayak: