A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Shu Mei Yap has gained notoriety in both the classical and non-classical scenes in Singapore, and 16 years ago she founded the Mandeville Conservatory of Music.
When she attended during one of the first years of the Creative Strings Workshop, and she already had a history of studying jazz improvisation. I was struck by how advanced she was and how determined she was to develop her voice as a jazz artist, especially given that she lived in Singapore.
I had the privilege of helping produce her latest album, Jazz Canvas, Asian Memories.
Below is an interview that Adrian Jusdanis, another CSW participant, did with her regarding her experiences at the Creative Strings Workshop, her cross-genre approach, and what she’s been up to since the album came out.
AJ: What was your experience like attending the Creative Strings Workshop? What did you learn from it, and how did you grow as a musician?
SM: I attended two of the CSWs. It was really fun and I got to know many great string players of the alternative styles. I was very inspired and I learned a lot from everyone there. I got to try out my originals there too and it was great to have all these great players play and interpret my stuff.