ABOUT THE TALK
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Adam Xiao — At the age of 4, Adam began his musical studies with the classical piano. As a result of his continuous efforts, he even achieved an ARCT performance level. As part of his elementary school band program, Adam learned to play the alto saxophone. Finding much success with this, he opted for the jazz band elective for first year high school. He credits his band teacher Ms. Balchen for introducing to him to the beauty of jazz music in addition to her continued support.
Derek Chan — From Burnaby, British Columbia, Derek is a lover of music, karate and outdoor exploration. At the age of 6, Derek first learned to play piano. Since then, he has also learned to play guitar, trumpet and bass guitar for his high schools jazz band. Lover of all live music, you can often find Derek catching or simply in his basement playing music with his friends. His favorite musicians vary in genres and include Miles Davis, Nobuo Uematsu, Said the Whale and Taylor Swift.
Florian Zhou — A grade twelve student and a 5-year music program participant, Florian most enjoys playing his guitar. Grateful and fortunate for having met his talented counterparts, Florian relishes in performing within the community as a self-organized student ensemble. His love for music does not go unnoticed and as a result he hopes to raise awareness in the potential music has to create change.