Amber Tsang - Autumn Nocturne [EP.17]

Amber Tsang talks with me about her eventful year 2021, including her album Autumn Nocturne with Alvin Brendan.

Amber Tsang - Autumn Nocturne [EP.17]
Amber Tsang contributed the original photo for this episode. Saphren Lise Photography is the photographer.

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Amber Tsang talks with me about her eventful year 2021, including her jazz vocal album Autumn Nocturne with Alvin Brendan.

We talked about:

  • The Leading Ladies Big Band, led by Casey Thomas-Burns
  • Studying a secondary instrument (jazz piano) as a vocalist at Capilano University with vocalist-pianist Jennifer Scott
  • Singing in the Vancouver Youth Choir under the direction of Carrie Tennant
  • Amber’s experience at the University of Toronto and how to deal with feeling “behind” as a young music learner
  • Friends who go with you into multiple projects and groups, like Sofia Avelino
  • Getting your butt kicked by good instructors — Mary-Jo Bischoff and Réjean Marois
  • Do we agree with previous guest Will Clements that the late-2010s cohorts at Cap were special?
  • Me missing the cut for my high school musicals
  • Making the album with Alvin Brendan
  • David Sikula’s great work at the Water St. Café 2nd Floor Gastown
  • Appreciative takes on more venues including Queen’s Park in New Westminster and Deep Cove Coffee House
  • How I booked gigs with my former band Early Spirit, where Aidan Goheen replaced me
  • Me having the best experience leaving a band
  • Learning about stage presence and not forcing it
  • Amber & Alvin’s video performance at VSO’s Day of Music 2021
  • What we remember listening to as students — one of Amber’s is Diana Panton (mine were heard in the car with Madeleine Elkins and Meghan Gilhespy)
  • I make a song request for Amber & Alvin’s gig at the Fort Langley Jazz Festival
  • How she grew into the role of a vocalist, and how she thinks about role models