Tay Cher Siang

Tay Cher Siang started his piano lessons learning classical music. He took up an interest in Jazz during his teenage years and began to pursue his musical journey as a jazz pianist.

He received Masters in Jazz Pedagogy under the tutorage of Dr. Miltenberger and Professor Paul Scea.

Tay immersed himself in the education of Jazz and taught at UCSI, UM, The Yamaha Music Academy and UPM. He is also teaching at his private studio, and giving master classes, jazz clinics throughout Malaysia and Asia Pacific Region.

Tay has been active in the Kuala Lumpur music scene since his return from the States. He has performed in a variety of music festivals: Malacca Straits Jazz Festival in Riau, June 2007, and Penang Jazz Festival in Penang, November 2007, Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore in 2008 and 2009, Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015,2016, Langkawi One Earth Music Festival in 2011, Phuket International Jazz Fest in 2011, Thailand International Jazz Fest, Manila Jazz Fest and Tianjin International Jazz Fest in 2012, May Music Festival in Tianjin, Taichung Jazz Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2013, One Asean Music Festival Chiangmai in 2015, KL Diversity Arts Festivals in 2015 . He has taken part in the composing, arranging, production of several musical productions, including “Let’s Go Mamak” in 2007 and 2008, and “Break it Down” a choir jazz production in 2008, “If Music Be The Food of Love, Jazz On” in 2016, and a series of concerts under the “Chinese Oldies Revival series” produced by Pop Pop Music, a local powerhouse music production team. With Pop Pop Music, Tay has produced, arranged, directed and recorded six albums (JZ8, Bossa Princess Brasileiro, The Decadent Sound of Teresa Teng, Bloom Vol. 1, Taipei Stories by Sasha Lee, a Shanghainese Singer, and May Mow Oldies Album). With his band WVC, he has organized many concerts, educational concert talks, and featured shows at various venues around the country. WVC has completed their fifth albums in 2016.

His commitments to collaborations with many musicians and singers in the country have led to many fruitful concerts, productions and recordings. Most notably with singer Lydia Chew (JZ8), Paulwah Chew (Time), Yudi Yap (Shades of Passion, Kopi Susu), Janet Lee (Restless Heart), Winnie Ho (Decadent Sound of Teresa Teng), Bossa Princess Zyan (Brasileiro), Yang Wei Han (Yao Min, Xuan Zang), Ida Marianna, Deanne Yussoff, Brazilian singer and percussionist Valtinho Anastacio, Thai superstar Saxophonist and singer Koh Mr. Saxman, Venezuelan Trumpeter Michael Simon, US Saxophonist Alex Foster, American Singer Richard Jackson, Singaporean Singer Alemay Fernandez, Shanghai Singer Jasmine Chen, Saxophonist Julian Chan, Guitarist Az Samad, Hungarian wonders Tony Lakatos and Toby Lakatos, American bassist Christy Smith, Australian Trumpeter Adrian Keller and more.

He is frequently invited by local and foreign artists to perform in No Black Tie, the premium jazz club in Kuala Lumpur, and has garnered a following of music enthusiasts. Tay’s main creative outlets are his own bands WVC and Unit Asia, a multi-national jazz super group. With WVC, Tay has performed many concerts, both locally and abroad in tours and seminars. Five albums: WVC, Eleven, and {In The Dark, I See Her}, Waiting For That Day, and Do Not Go Gently were released. In 2013 WVC has received the prestigious MyPaa grant for their achievements. With Unit Asia, Tay has toured Singapore, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, India, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Koln in the past five years. Tay has contributed both his compositions and arrangements in Unit Asia’s albums: Unit Asia Live Debut, Smile for You and Song of Tomorrow.

He has been awarded by the Boh-Kakiseni Cameronia Arts Awards, for WVC Concerts at KLPac, Waiting For That Day. The concerts garnered ten nominations and won three awards: Best Solo Performance, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Original Composition.

Tay has been promoting jazz in Malaysia for many years now, giving Master classes, talks, and seminar. He also educates many young rising musicians, in UCSI, UM, Yamaha Academy of Music, and UPM. He has also given many clinics and talks regarding to music and jazz piano throughout Malaysia and Asia. He has been selected as one of the six pianists for the inaugural Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival where he has spoken to students about jazz piano.

In Musical Theater Tay has involved in the production of “Yao Lee –The Legendary Rose” in 2012, “Yao Min – Chronicle of Splendor” in 2013, and “Xuan Zang, the Journey to the West Musical” at Istana Budaya in 2014. As an actor/musician, he has participated in the Boh Cameronian awarded productions of “Kopi Susu” in 2013 and 2014. Tay also composed music for film production: The New Village, in 2012, and Documentary Dhammayatra- A Journey to Self-Discovery, in 2015.