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Tang, Audrey (Audrey Tang Chung Yin)

Tang, Audrey [Audrey Tang Chung Yin], drums, singer, bass, piano, violin; b. Singapore, 10 August 1970. Her father is Jeffrey Tang (b. 1938, Penang, Malaysia) and her mother is Joanna Tang (b. 1939, Ipoh, Malaysia). Her sister is Yvonne Tang (b. 1967, Singapore).

She studied violin and piano with Victor Venezuela, Singapore (Suzuki Method, 1974-1976), violin at the Yamaha School of Music, Singapore (1976 - 1979), and piano with Noella Dana, Singapore (1976-1986) attaining highest grade, Royal School of Music Grade 6. She studied drums with Anthony Fong, Yamaha School of Music, Singapore (1986-1991), Steve Holloway (of New York City), Singapore (1988, 1989), Mr. Neal (of Sydney, Australia), Singapore (1992), Rusty Jones, Chicago, IL (1993), Blake Linberg (of New York City), Singapore (1994), the late Alan Dawson, Lexington, MA (1995), Joe Hunt, Boston, MA (1995, 1997-1999), John Ramsay, Boston, MA (1996-1997), classical marimba soloist, Nancy Zeltsman, Boston, MA (1997-1999), Robert Kaufman, Boston, MA (1998-1999), Ernesto Diaz, Boston, MA (1998) and Richard Flanagan, Boston, MA (1998).

She studied jazz with Christy Smith (of Compton, CA), Singapore (1993-1995), Don Gomes (of Western Australia), Singapore (1994-1995), Patrice M. Williamson, Boston, MA (1994-1999), Berklee College of Music (1995-1999), Rachel Z, (of New York City), Boston, MA (1997), and Danilo Perez, Boston, MA (1997-1998). She studied bass with Rich Appleman, Boston, MA (1997) and scat vocals with Robert Stoloff, Boston, MA (1998). She grew up and was educated in Singapore, alma mater: Methodist Girls' School.

In the winter of 1995, she moved to Boston, MA, to pursue Bachelor's Degree in Music at Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1999 Magna Cum Laude. Returned to Singapore summer of 1999.

From 1986-1995, she was drummer and bassist for Christ Methodist Church Prayer and Praise Band. In 1991, she was drummer and percussionist for pit orchestra in the musical, "The Boyfriend", performed at Victoria Theatre. In June 1993, she was lead singer with All Good Gifts Ministries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. From 1993-1995, she founded and led own band, The Swingin' Sisters and Friends. Performed at Harry's Quayside Bar at Boat Quay, Captain's Bar at The Oriental Hotel, The Bar at The Marina Mandarin Hotel, as well as corporate and private functions. In 1994, she was percussionist for Singapore Festival of Praise Band at Hougang Stadium, percussionist, bassist and flautist for pit ensemble in the Theatreworks production, "A Light in The Village," and band leader and drummer for Central Band performance in the Theatreworks production, "Theatre on The Hill." From 1995-1999, she was drummer in numerous jazz bands, frequent performances around New England and New York City, USA, including venues such as: Boston Symphony Hall, Isabella Gardner Museum, The Hatch Shell, New York City's Central Park Boathouse Pavilion, Berklee College of Music Performance Halls. Produced and led band in musical cabaret revues at Ryles Jazz Club (Sommerville, Massachusetts).

From 1997-1999, she was drummer, bassist, vocalist, composer and arranger for Pincurl-Poetry and Music Band. On Aug 10, 1998, she was drummer for blues legend, Guitar Shorty at a performance at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel. On Oct 29, 1999, she was drummer and band manager for AWARE Walkathon Concert Band, which backed Kit Chan, Jacintha Abishnegaden, Wendi Koh, Kuo Po and Babes Conde. Performance at the Singapore Botanical Gardens. From 1999-present, she's done intermittent performances with various jazz bands for corporate and private functions.

In March 2000, she founded, and led international all-female jazz band, The Eden Project. Debut performance on March 20 and 21, 2002, presented by International Women's Forum, sponsored by Bulgari Jewellery, at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel. From June 2001-January 2002, she founded and led R&B/Rock band, "Overcome by Groove" with weekly performances at Aubrey's Music Bar. From January-March 2002 she was drummer for contemporary music band led by local veteran folk artist, Cat Ong, with weekly performances at Devils' Cafe. In June 2002, she was drummer for Breakthrough Rehabilitation Centre's Chinese album recording. From August 2002- Present, she's the drummer and arranger for Covenant Community Methodist Church Praise and Worship bands.

From October -December 2002, she was drummer and singer with The Music Hub; and band leader of The Jazz Evolution. Weekly performances at Blue Note Jazz Club, Singapore. On Dec 31, 2002, she was drummer for jazz singer, Marina Xavier, for New Year's Eve Countdown Party at the Tanglin Club. From Jan 9 -12 2003, she was percussionist and drummer for Stage Club Pantomime production, "The Sleeping Beauty".

From 1998 - present, she's been a Drum and Worship Music clinician for various church music ministries, such as: Full Gospel Assemblies Church, Foo Chow Methodist Church, Methodist School of Music, Covenant Community Methodist Church and Paya Lebar Methodist Church. From 2000-2002, MC and presenter for WOMAD Singapore festivals at Fort Canning Park. From 2001-present, she's been drum instructor for Paya Lebar Methodist Church Drum Scholarship programme.

Her fiance is Laurence Ho (Radio DJ).

Recordings:
Kentucky Stories
Television broadcasts:
1988: Flautist and actress in Ministry of Education's Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore educational programmes;
1994: Drummer and leader of resident band for "Dick Lee's Kopi Tiam", pilot TV episode;
Jan 1998: Led, scripted, co-produced and performed with the Audrey Tang Jazz Quintet for Massachusetts Community Education Television, jazz education programme for children, "Journeys in Jazz".
Radio broadcasts:
1985: Flautist, percussionist and vocalist for Methodist Girls' School Music Ensemble; 1993: Co-produced and performed for Ministry of Education's Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore educational programmes; May 1998: Drummer with the Patrice Williamson Jazz Quartet for Boston's W.E.R.S. Emerson College Radio, fund-raising Jazz Radiothon; Guest appearance on radio: Passion 99.5 FM and News Radio 93.8 FM

Bibliography:
Mar 20, 2000 Straits Times Life!-Headline: "Sisters in Jazz Share a Passion", featuring band leader Audrey Tang with The Eden Project-an international all-female jazz sextet. The article previews their concert at the Raffles Hotel, Jubilee Hall.
Feb 21, 2003 Straits Times Life! - Headline: "Swing Shifts", half-page feature on Audrey Tang, Singapore's only female jazz drummer, who holds down a demanding job as a Director of Sales and Marketing with an optical security solutions company and plays jazz gigs at night.

Awards:
1998: Received Berklee College of Music Continuing Students Scholarship; 1998: Runner-up for International Association of Jazz Educators "Sisters in Jazz" Competition.

Contact Information:
Mailing Address:
14 Meragi Terrace
Singapore 487837
Email Address: dree@pacific.net.sg
Mobile Phone: +65 9777-6254
Fax: +6339-0496

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