Café 852 is Hong Kong's first Argentinian Tango band, performing live Tango, Milonga and Gypsy music. The first of its kind in Hong Kong, this trio is formed by Nazar on Accordian, Soujit on Guitar and Farley on Bass and Trumpet. Each of them bringing their own musical style and flavour to create a unique, live, musical experience which will transport you to Buenos Aires and beyond !
NAZAR plays the Accordion for Café 852 Trio. He was classically trained from a young age and is a virtuoso performer. From 2004 to 2008 he was conductor of the folk musical instrument orchestra at Ternopil Music College, in Ukraine. After that, he was a performer and conductor of folk musical instruments and an Accordion instructor at the Tchaikovsky National Musical academy of Ukraine in Kiev. NAZAR has won many awards, including the 1st prize of the International Musical Contest in Erbezzo, Italy and 1st prize of the International Musical Contest as a member of Gold Accordions ensemble in Prague, Czech Republic.
FARLEY plays Double-Bass and Trumpet for Café 852. He is a musician, coach, philosopher and explorer committed to the pursuit of excellence, true artistic expression, self and universal discovery and the greater good. As a musician, he has 20 years of experience performing music at the highest level yet is still learning new styles of music and new instruments constantly. He has twenty years of experience performing trumpet in classical music at the highest level. Most recently he was Principal Trumpet with the world class Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also held positions with the Saint Louis, Colorado and Baltimore Symphonies. In demand as a guest principal musician he has performed and recorded with several other top orchestras including the San Francisco and Singapore Symphonies and the Malaysian Philharmonic.
SOUJIT is a Classical Guitarist based in Hong Kong. He began playing music at a young age, perfecting his technical skills on the Classical Guitar under ABRSM in London. He spent time living in Spain, studying Flamenco Guitar in Seville & Granada, as well as tracing his roots to India to study Indian Classical music. Following years of experience performing on stages and at events in Europe and Asia, as well as lending his musical talent to different recordings, he has firmly established himself as versatile guitarist in the Hong Kong live music scene. In addition to his solo guitar performances, SOUJIT regularly collaborates with some of Hong Kong's top musicians in recordings and live performances ranging in different styles, from Classical, Flamenco & Tango to Jazz, Acoustic Rock & Pop. He has also performed on Korean National TV, and at the National Theatre of Korea for a production of 'Flamenco Carmen' with the Korea Flamenco Association.
Sybil Thomas was born to sing. She has been singing since she was five years of age. Her first big break came in the early 70’s when she toured Italy with the distinguished group, The Platters, as the only female singer. Sybil is from a line of music royalty that cannot be matched. As the daughter of the legendary Rufus Thomas, the Stax Records recording artist, who was a famous disc jockey from the WDIA radio in Memphis Tennessee, known for "The Memphis Sound", and the sister of Carla Thomas; she is bound for greatness.
In her career she has worked with other such music artists as Jeffrey Osborne, Luther Vandross, Phyllis Hyman, and George Duke. As well as international legends such as jazz trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura, singing the lead vocals on the song entitled, "The Only One For Me" featured on the Hot Shot album; and Teramasu Hino, the renowned jazz saxophonist. She has toured with remarkable artists such as Lou Rawls and The Pointer Sisters. She has toured internationally with many Grammy award winning artists, such as Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, and Stevie Wonder. Her captivating voice has been heard on several internationally aired commercials for Max Factor, Britannia Jeans, and Yoplait Yogurt to name a few.
Sybil’s voice and passion for music has brought down the house in several New York nightclubs, such as, the Apollo Theatre, 7th Avenue South, and Green Street Bar and Café in the Village, as she worked the circuit in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Her international hit record, "Rescue Me" and the voice of Raw Silk’s "Do It to the Music", from West End Records, has stood the test of time and is still on the request list all over Europe.
Sybil has also made several special television appearances on the hit comedy show "Saturday Night Live". She would be seen singing backup for several Eddie Murphy skits, Joe Cocker, and comedian Lily Tomlin.
FUSION FIVE is a new exciting project by Hong Kong drummer, band leader and Soultone Cymbals Artist Lloyd Yamid. He released his debut CD, An Inspiration in 2017, and now introduces an international lineup of premier Hong Kong-based musicians with a wealth of experience across multiple genres, performing original and innovative jazz fusion with a hint of Latin, rock and smooth jazz.
Joining Lloyd his latest venture is US jazz pianist, composer and arranger Bob Mocarsky, previously a mainstay in the San Francisco and New York scenes. Bob has written hundreds of compositions and recorded dozens, while leading many jazz ensembles of his own.
Versatile Canadian bassist Sylvain Gagnon is active in the studio and onstage, recording on hundreds of CDs and touring with local and international artists, including a world tour with Jacky Cheung. Equally at home on double or electric bass, Sylvain is in demand across Asia with a variety of groups, ranging from orchestras to jazz ensembles, and has performed with, amongst others, Bob Mintzer, Scott Hamilton, Laura Fyji, Eric Marienthal and James Morrison.
British Saxophonist/producer Jon Rebbeck is active in both jazz and classical formats. He has appeared on the international stage with a diverse range of musicians, including Michael Nyman, Phillip Glass, Bob Mintzer, Phil Wilson, Jim Snidero, Eric Marienthal and the legendary Louis “Moondog” Hardin.
Hong Kong-born Teriver Cheung is an internationally touring guitarist and composer. His early exposure to classical music has contributed to his style of composing and playing. Musicians he has collaborated with include Latin Grammy Award-winner Eddie Gómez, Billy Drummond, Jean-Michel Pilc, George Garzone and Antonio Hart. He also tours constantly with his own group, having appeared at some of the major music festivals, including the Jazz World Festival (Hong Kong), the Jazz W Ruinach Festival (Poland) and the Taichung Jazz Festival (Taiwan).
Elaine Liu describes herself as a "photographer by day, a jazz singer at night." Music and the visual arts to Elaine are related, but different expressions of the same creative impulse – a love of nature, a fascination with light and shade, and a faith that beauty can be found and revealed at any time and in any place. That artistic urge provides the impetus for the multi-talented Hong Kong-born singer’s involvement in both fields.
Elaine is Hong Kong’s premier and most in-demand jazz vocalist. Her smoky, alluring voice can be heard regularly on radio and television, Hong Kong’s top jazz venues, as well as the territory’s leading concert halls and cultural centers. Elaine works with the territory’s best musicians and is well known for her performances as vocalist for Hong Kong’s renowned Japanese big band, the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra. She has also played Rome’s famous Jazz venues as well as touring in China and represented Hong Kong in both Singapore and Taiwan Jazz Festival.
In the words of the South China Morning Post’s reviewer: "[Elaine Liu] produces interpretations poised delicately between the bitter-sweet melancholy of Billy Holiday and the subtle sexiness of Eartha Kitt."
Elaine was educated in England and the United States. After completing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Boston University, she returned to Hong Kong to pursue a career in photography and graphic design, setting up Elaine Liu Productions Limited. Her experiences in Boston and elsewhere in North America during her studies were formative, nurturing her interest and talent in a variety of creative areas including painting, photography and music.
She is accomplished in the graphic arts as well as jazz, specializing in black and white portraits and landscapes. She has had a solo exhibition, Green in Black and White, as a featured artist of the year in the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Contemporary Art Project. A joint exhibition alongside Helmut Newton and 11 Asian-based photographers was held in 2000, including Osbert Lam and internationally recognized cinematographer Christopher Doyle. In 2002 she had another join exhibition of Hong Kong’s top ten photographers for Tony & Guy. Her current preoccupation as an image maker is reflected in a unique series of black and white studies of the leading lights of Hong Kong’s jazz scene naming Slightly out Of Tune. Each of her subjects is cast in a new and often surprising light, and these arresting and highly personal images present intriguing new facets to the men and woman behind the music. Currently, Liu is celebrating her first album titled "Stay In My Heart". A self produced project collaborated with Hong Kong’s best known arranger, pianist and composer Ted Lo as well as other outstanding musicians from the US, including Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Stubenhaus, Bob Shepphard, and Steve Staunton.
Elaine Liu is that rare artist who is supremely talented across a range of creative interests. But her deepest love is reserved for her fast-developing career as an Asian jazz singer, who has found her own voice and brings the sensibilities of both east and west to bear in an entirely original way.
GUITARIST VOCALIST SONGWRITER ARTIST Kevin had a guitar in his hands as a kid and began performing professionally at age12 getting more serious as a guitarist, Kevin joined his first blues band as a teenager with bassist John Mazzocco. Self taught, he began gigging in Portland Oregon with acclaimed bassist Ben Wolfe. At 21 he hit the road with the band The Inkspots. Kevin played with great players as a youngster in Portland “I was Lucky to have such great players to hang with”. In 2006 he moved to Hong Kong where he performed live with the JJ’s house band at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. A versatile player, Kevin went on to spend ten years in jazz circles performing with legendary Jazz fusion pioneer, Jim Pepper, bassist Lester McFarland and bassist Ben Wolfe. Kevin was deeply influenced at that time by legendary Jazz fusion pioneer Tenor Player Jim Pepper who was living in Portland at the time, he did some gigs with Pepper and learned from Jim “his presence influenced me just being around him” . Kevin began working as a guitarist for the Inkspots, country legend Furlin Husky, the Coasters and other sideman work. Later he began song-writing and formed his own band releasing his first Album in 1997 where he worked throughout the states. He subsequently went to Istanbul, opening Harrys Jazz Bar which became the most popular club in town and went on to play dates in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Making home in Hong Kong now, where he writes, teaches and performs regularly.
Blues Brothers and Soul Sisters
Channelling vibes from Chicago to Canvey Island and from Motown to Manchester, The 852’s are Hong Kong’s premier Blues and Soul outfit bringing big band sounds with a mod beat.
A focus on songs both originals and covers that exude with; passion for music, passion for performance and a passion for living in the moment; The 852’s promise a night to remember with sore feet and throats from all the dancing and singing.
Wigan Casino to Hitsville Detroit to the streets of Hong Kong its time to ‘Keep the Faith’.
Dr Feelgood, BB King, Otis Redding, Koko Taylor have inspired our set of original and cover songs all designed to make you move your feet and your heart beat.