Benjamin Low Quartet Live at Blujaz Cafe

Benjamin Low Quartet Live at Blujaz Cafe

19 February 2016
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Elusive Singaporean jazz drummer Benjamin Low presents an evening of slick, cutting-edge instrumental jazz as his quartet takes on devious compositions and arrangements mixed in with tasty covers and fresh takes on jazz standards. Joining him are long time collaborators John Dip Silas (MY) on keys, Jonathan Ho (SG) on bass, and Anson Fung (SG) on guitar. --- Benjamin Low Quartet Benjamin Low (drums) Anson Fung (guitar) John Dip Silas (keys) Jonathan Ho (bass) Benjamin Low is a Singaporean jazz drummer who has been an active member of the Singaporean and Malaysian jazz scene. In 2010, Benjamin was featured on the cover of Straits Times Life! as part of the pioneer batch of the Bright Young Things mentorship programme in the Esplanade, where he studied under renowned jazz musicians Andrew Klein (US), Andrew Lim, Wen Ming Soh, Ramu Thiruyanam, and Joshua Wan. His jazz performance credits include the likes of Valtinho Anastacio (BR), Alex Graham (US), Tony Lakatos (DE), Diego Maroto (MX), Tim O'Dwyer (AU), Shunzu Ohno (JP), Michael Simon (NL), and Chris "Stalk" (FR). On top of being a drummer, Benjamin is also a competent pianist, and has been involved in everything from theater, film and writing, to (under the alias of "Anomy") electronic music production and DJing. Anson Fung is an experienced cross-genre guitarist who graduated from the LaSalle College of the Arts with an honours degree in jazz guitar performance. There, he was chosen as the sole student to represent the school in their annual Swissnex Christmas party in conjunction with the Lausanne Conservatory. Since graduating, he has been featured in the both the Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao. He has performed at the Singapore International Jazz Festival with his own group – the Anson Fung Organ Trio – and at the Esplanade with various groups as a leader and a band member. Anson also leads and arranges music for Grind Effect – a R&B/Soul/Reggae band and Anson Road – his personal project group which combines Funk, Pop and R&B, and features a rotating ensemble of vocalists. His love for performing music to audiences sees him currently playing in various venues around town, and as a session musician playing English/Mandarin Pop from all eras, R&B, Jazz, Soul and whatever anyone requires. John Dip Silas, alongside Malaysian veteran Michael Veerapen, is a committee member of the annual Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival. Now a prominent member of the Malaysian jazz scene, he grew up trained in classical piano from the age of 5, garnering experience as a church musician along the way. At the age of 18 after being enrolled to study music at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, he was exposed to jazz music and decided to pursue that as his art. Since graduating with a BMus in 2010, John has been an active member of the Malaysian jazz scene, currently teaching at the University of Malaya's jazz faculty as a jazz piano tutor and jazz ensemble facilitator. John has performed at an array of jazz venues around Australia, Singapore, China and Malaysia. He has worked with a number of internationally acclaimed and accomplished musicians such as Shunzo Ohno (JP), Michael Simon (NL), Teriver Cheung (TW), Diego Maroto (MX), Rodrigo Villanueva (MX), Maciej Fortuna (PO), Chika Asamoto (JP), James Flynn (AU), and Phil Scorgie (NZ). Jonathan Ho has risen past the status of bass prodigy to assume an important role in the Singaporean and Malaysian jazz scene. In the past few years, Jonathan has been performing regularly at places in and around Singapore, including being a regular bassist at Singaporean venues like the Mandarin Oriental, B28 whisky bar, and the Raffles Hotel Bar & Billiards. He has performed with the likes of Patrick Terbrack (US), Tony Lakatos (DE), and Michael Simon (NL). He currently balances his jazz duties with electronic music production under the alias “jandaL”.