Date: 19 July 2013 (Friday)
Venue: Recital Hall, 3rd floor, Block C, south wing campus.
Performers for the masterclass:
- Lim Tze Ping – My Favorite Things (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
- Soh Rou Yen – Jellybean and Chocolate (David Benoit)
- Grace Foo – In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)
- Leong Hon Meng – Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini)
“Ed Lee’s playing combines originality of vision and honesty of expression, a rare fusion of intellect and feeling that satisfies both, the mind and the heart. Lee`s unwavering search for this ideal in every genre of music he performs makes him an artist whose path you would definitely want to follow, regardless of your musical tastes and interests.” – Constantine Finehouse
Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pianist and keyboardist Edvard Lee moved to the United States in 2002 where he attended the Berklee College of Music as a recipient of the Berklee World Tour Scholarship Program. Since then Edvard has appeared in numerous jazz festivals, among them the Beantown Jazz Festival, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, Mumbai Jazz Festival, and has performed in many renowned local venues in Boston, including the Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, The Regattabar and Scullers Jazz club. He has worked with many artists of international standing in a wide scope of different musical genres.
Edvard has been highly sought after across musical genres, be it Pop, R&B, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Funk or Fusion and continues to break musical barriers as a lead-artist, sideman, and producer. Edvard is also active at the recording studio of his mentor, legendary keyboardist Steve Hunt, while concurrently running his own private home studio. He continues to hone his craft, regularly studying jazz with Steve Hunt as well as classical music with concert pianists Constantine Finehouse (New England Conservatory) and Chuang Ya-Fei (New England Conservatory). In addition, Edvard freelances in Boston as a session keyboard player for various live performances and studio recordings.
“When I’m searching for new young keyboard players on the scene today that I want to listen to, I don’t look for chops, or flashiness, or gimmicks. I look for soul and feeling, and for someone who tells a story with each and every note they play. The one guy out there that fits this standard for me is the Boston-based keyboardist, Edvard Lee. Edvard is one of the few young players who can bring together sounds and textures and fluid lines with technical precision reminiscent of the greats like Herbie and Chick and Joe Zawinul, while at the same time making the music completely his own. Edvard Lee is one of the up-and-coming great players on the Jazz scene today and I, for one, will be tuned in listening for what he has in store for us on his new group projects and recordings.” – Steve Hunt