We have pleasure to announce the winners of "Chicago's Got Cantonese Talent" (in alphabetical order):

Chicago-based musician and teaching artist Renee Nanzer is honored to be part of such a special tribute to Teddy Robin Kwan.  She has sung in several foreign languages, and performed internationally, but this is her first time performing a song in Cantonese.  Find Renee on Soundcloud.  

Chris Upapong is an IT/Accounting professional of Thai/Lao/Filipino heritage from Wilmette, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) that has a passion for learning languages (Chinese varieties, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, etc.) and music. Besides having been previously classically trained in violin since a young age and experimenting with Chinese instruments, his interests also include StarCraft, web development, origami, and hip hop dancing. www.christopherupapong.com

Fan Yang is a Voice performance major student, who is from Changde, Hunan province, China. Besides a soprano in Opera, Fan is always open to learn all kinds of music. Since 2016, she has performed in The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, University of Ilinois, Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology as a significant Singer to present Chinese culture. This is the first time that she sings Cantonese song at a public performance.

Jennifer Zhang 張羽琪 is an award-winning musician, model, actress and show host based in Chicago. She specializes in a variety of Chinese wood wind instruments such as Dizi, Xiao, Hulusi and Bawu. She is also a singer, pianist and songwriter who started her music journey at the age of five under many well known professors including Chunling Lu, Xiaosheng Zhao, and Yue Chen.  Graduated from the Northwestern University,  she pursued further study at the Berklee School of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music in China. She has graced stages of many important venues, working with hundreds of major organizations around the world, including Illinois Arts Council Foundation, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Grand.  Crowned as 2015 Miss Friendship Ambassador of Chicago, she represented Chicago in the Miss Chinese International Pageant hosted by TVB in Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.jenniferzhang.com. 

Song Choices:  Fan Yang/Christopher Upapong - COPS AND ROBBERTS; Renee Nanzer - CITY ON FIRE; Jennifer Zhang - TILL DEATH DE WE SCARE. Performance dates:  April 21 HONG KONG POP MEETS AVANT POP concert | May 11 - Tribute to Teddy Robin Kwan Award Night

Song Choices:  Fan Yang/Christopher Upapong - COPS AND ROBBERTS; Renee Nanzer - CITY ON FIRE; Jennifer Zhang - TILL DEATH DE WE SCARE.

Performance dates:  April 21 HONG KONG POP MEETS AVANT POP concert | May 11 - Tribute to Teddy Robin Kwan Award Night

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Hosted by Asian Pop-Up Cinema

"Chicago's Got Cantonese Talent"

Award-winning movies’ theme songs composed by Teddy Robin Kwan

 

As a capstone to Season IV of Asian Pop-Up Cinema, we are presenting a major icon, Teddy Robin Kwan, from Hong Kong with a Lifetime Achievement Award—one of the most celebrated entertainment performers whose legendary career as a director/actor/singer/songwriter/record producer goes back decades. As part of this all-in-one musical and cultural experience, where the craft of music composition meets the renowned classics of Hong Kong cinema, we are hosting a Cantonese Pop Song singing contest with award-winning movies-theme songs written by Teddy.  

If you have a passion for singing and entertaining an audience, then this unique opportunity is for you! We are looking for energetic talented pop singers in the Chicagoland area who want to win $500 and perform live with the nationally acclaimed Fulcrum Point New Music Project at APUC Award Night (May 11th, 2017),  you will perform live, meet and receive the cash prize check from Teddy himself. 

The three songs chosen for the singing contest are listed below including samples of the songs and the movies:

1) Theme song of “Cops and Robbers” (㸃指兵兵

Film synopsis:  In a time where corruption runs rampant through the streets, Sergeant “Dirty Happy” successfully puts away a gang of criminals, only to be faced with the leader’s escape and plan of vengeance carried out against the police and their families.

Song Sample: https://youtu.be/QODuqmLPmXg

2) Theme song of “City on Fire” (嘥氣)

Film synopsis:  After an undercover cop is killed on the job, fellow officer Ko Chow is assigned to the position in order to apprehend the gang that was responsible. However, he finds himself befriending the leader and as an effect of being close to the gang, his own kind pursues after him unknowing that he is undercover. 

Song Sample: https://youtu.be/w5KXJbK_8rA

3) Theme song of “Till Death Do We Scare” (小生怕怕)

Film synopsis: In this mischievous horror-comedy film, the ghosts of an unlucky Irene’s three dead husbands try to get her to fall in love with a radio personality, which results in spooks and slapstick adventure for all involved.

Song Sample: https://youtu.be/fk5oIf5fJqg

Contest Details:

  • Free Entry.
  • Open to both men and women between 16-40 years of age.
  • Choose 1 out of the 3 following song choices to perform and video record;
    • Theme song of “Cops and Robbers” (㸃指兵兵)
    • Theme song of “City on Fire” (嘥氣)
    • Theme song of “Till Death Do We Scare” (小生怕怕)
  • Please click here to register first if you are interested to enter.  You will then receive your contestant no. and the MIDI accompaniment & lyrics / phonetic pronunciation of the songs links within 24 hours.  
  • Deadline for entering the contest is April 1st.
  • TO ENTER THE CONTEST: please record a live, unedited performance (with piano or MIDI accompaniment) of your chosen song and upload to YouTube by April 1st.  Then click here to submit with your unlisted YouTube link accompanied with the contestant no. that you have received.  
  • Nine finalists (3 finalists for each song) will be selected and notified on April 7th.  
  • Three winners will each receive $500 as the cash prize with two public performances opportunities:
  • a)  to perform at Chicago International Movies & Music Film Festival (CIMMFest) on April 21st, and
  • b) on May 11th at the Award Night hosted by APUC.  (Both performances will be accompanied by Fulcrum Point New Music Project).
  • Besides, the three winners will each receive 4 complimentary tickets for their families and guests to attend the VIP Reception and the live performances on APUC’s Award Night.  (This Singing Contest and the subsequent Award Night is supported in part by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, NY).  
  • For questions, contact Coordinator of the Singing Contest Meggy Huynh at mhuynh7@uic.edu

Below are the three images from the three films mentioned above.

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