UK based Chinese pianist and composer Rosey Chan just released a series of 6 new singles, Mindful Piano (under Apple-owned record label Platoon).
Singer songwriter Sting produced her debut album ONE in 2010 and today her work ranges from classical to contemporary, blues and electronica. Having played the likes of the Royal Albert Hall, Serpentine Galleries and for the HK Design Trust Gala, the prolific collaborator cleverly merges music with the worlds of dance, architecture, design and film.
Being somewhat limited in lockdown gave me a chance to just be creative, the time I would have spent travelling or taking extended meetings were spent on writing new music at the piano. An isolated environment gave me an opportunity to go back to square 1, what I know best – how to write music. Some days were particularly emotionally heavy, some were calm and hopeful, so I channelled that into my process at the piano.
Recently I’m listing to Tom Waits, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Mozart, and a new artist called Luz (another Platoon artist).
China is my mother country and over the last years, I’ve been re-connecting with it. Perfoming there give me great joy. I have a lot of friends in the creative industry over there; art, music, dance, architecture, visual arts, so I do miss that interaction, and also the hot pot!
Learning new things always puts me in a great mood – using the time productively to get ahead with meaningful projects I had previously put on hold feels very rewarding. Making raw cakes, and doing YIN yoga and I did a few live stream performances too. Also – my favourite Chinese tea, I ran out and you cant buy it in UK, so my dear friend Angelina sent me some emergency supplies. It’s so so good.
Never take it personally — when you’re an artist and you’re putting your work out in to a wide public environment, sometimes reactions can be elating, or deflating. The secret is to not take either one too seriously, but to just follow your heart; be peaceful, powerful and present.
At the beginning, I had a variety of extra jobs to keep me afloat, and then I soon realised that in order to be a musician, I had to devote myself to Music.
I found these amazing (electric) anti-wrinkle facial massage gold beauty bars when I was in Asia, and I bought one for every friend who I thought would love it — they were all so happy!
Sunday is my day to do all the things I didn’t have time to do during the week; baking, gardening, watch an Asian drama, talking and laughing with my mother on the phone. Then I look at the music i’ve written over the week and try and work out whats a keeper.
If the weather is good, I walk along the Canal to Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, see a bit of wildlife, and sometimes pop in to Tom Dixon’s restaurant to pick up fresh Babbka from their bakery. To end, a rose quartz crystal bath with Epsom salts, a book, then bed.
David Lynch saying ‘you are so avant garde’ when he saw me by chance, rehearsing for a concert in Paris.
Raw Ombar Chocolate (the cocomylk one).
At the moment I’m watching a few Asian dramas and theres an actress in particular I’ve had my eye on (Park Bo-young) She’s just wonderful, and gets to play a wide range of the most bonkers and hilarious of characters. My friends know that I love to laugh, a lot! So yeah, I wouldn’t mind playing out all those alter egos for a day.
I love extreme sports.
Cinema, architecturally interesting spaces or buildings, and contemporary dance.
Just as I’m achieving one goal, i’m already setting myself another challenge – feels like an ongoing journey.
I really love to sleep.
The song has ended but the melody lingers on, (Irving Berlin).