Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Come watch us at Bangkok Jazz this Christmas Eve!!

Yup. We'll be there. ONE NIGHT ONLY. The show should start from around 9.30pm or 10pm onwards. We will be singing 2 sets. Mostly Christmas songs, remade and given our 'funky chicken' touch, others we left alone to preserve the sanctity of the song, plus some of our standards in the pot, like Bugle Boy and Cheek to Cheek.

The line up this time around only consists of four of us. Me, Vivian, Wei Na, and... we have a new 'old' man in our midst. Well, an old friend actually, who used to be part of Six2Eight. Yes! Welcome James. Ecstatic to have you on board!!

We will be backed by Gruvavenue. A jazz band consisting of drums, piano and a double bass. Can't wait to get cracking with them...

Do expect a few A Cappella songs thrown in too, some you may have heard before, some not.

Also, we are in the Klue this month. Our flyer with details of the show. So go get it. Will send out to all friends through email as well.

Bangkok Jazz is at Chulan Square, near Bukit Bintang. Hope to see you there!!

Funky Chicken Head

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Viva Voce 2: Strings and Tones from Multiple Zones - Actors Studio Bangsar, 2003

It was our inaugural show in 2003 with a slightly different line up of people - Nicole, Vivian, Lilian, Wei Na, Soon Yoon and Neal.

It wasn't a full-on acapella show, so some songs were accompanied by the amazingly talented Zal and Jerral on guitar and percussion. They were exactly what we needed looking at our extremely varied repertoire for the night. We weren't kidding when we said Multiple Zones.

From showtunes like "James Bond" to Michael Jackson's "Thriller", a bossa "Boy From Ipanema" to a swingy "It Don't Mean A Thing", and a tribal-like "Kayama" to 80s pop "Freedom 90", it had quite abit of everything.

Personally, it was the first public performance for me and I was a nervous wreck. Knocking over my guitar and all (so embarassing la). But it was fun. Really fun.

Since then, our gigs have been mostly private ones, namely weddings and more weddings, and the odd show or back up vocals. We hope to stage another show next year (2007). We'll see how that goes.

But first, our Christmas gig at Bangkok Jazz.

- Wei "likes eggs sunny-side-up" Na

Monday, November 20, 2006


Below are some pics from our last gig we did on Aug 26th at Marco Polo Restaurant. It was Kay Chin's wedding, and she wanted us to carry on her family tradition and get us to sing for her wedding too, since we sang at her brother's wedding as well, last year.

It was a well planned wedding, with a nostalgic chinese feel to the settings, and the classic chinese songs of yore being played on the speakers, of course until everyone started yam seng-ing.

Weina singing the walk in song for the bride and groom... "You're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off you..."

"He was a boogie woogie Bugle Boy of Company B..."

Fancy Poultry doing Andrew Sisters

Weina and Justin, our talented musicians-cum-singers for the night. We are so lucky...

Vivian dreaming a little dream...

Hazlin doing L.O.V.E.

The line up at Kay's L to R: Weina, Kayli, Me, Hazlin, Vivian, Justin

Chattanooga Choo Choo, choo-choo me home...

Me and Justin doing Man in the Mirror... well, here of course, it's Justin in action.

Me, Hazlin, Vivian and Justin in action, with our fans for the night sitting attentively in front of us.

Gorgeous Bride and Dashing Groom

- Tired funky chicken head (Nicole)

Now HERE IT IS!!! Drum roll please...

Yes... the inaugural blog-cum-website for Fancy Poultry, the not so conventional versatile A Cappella group... who does it with instruments too!!

So this is me... the Biatch, posting at this moment. I shall proclaim myself the Chicken Head, since well, duh, I am.

Will start updating everyone on our whereabouts, performances, or just whathaveyous about the group in time. The rest of us will be posting too... so till then...

Funky Chicken Head (Nicole)

The thriving A Cappella Scene, and then some

It's nice to see other a cappella groups grow and evolve. Especially when they are all your friends which you have sung with at some point, thanks to being a member of The Phil all these years.

Just got back from The Wicked Pitches' Mostly We Moon concert at KLPac. Am proud of them, they did a tremendous job, lots of hard work was prevalent in all areas, and they pulled it off well. Thanks also to Michael Voon, another dear friend, choreographer/staging director extraodinaire and fellow theatre practitioner, they had their moves and grooves polished just right, of course, after taking into account the few who do have rhythm problems. And as a friend, I will not try to be all forgiving and just say nice things for the sake of it. Rather I would like to tell them to their faces, what did work and what did not (which I already did btw), be objective about it and allow them to grow even more and learn from the whole experience- if they actually think I am talking sense lah. Take the negative and make it positive the next time round...

A healthy and thriving scene, be it in theatre, musical theatre, a cappella or dance, should be strived at all times. Unfortunately this is easier said than done. Of course when I say healthy, I mean, maintaining good competition, keeping the environment an educational one, where all parties aim to better each other because they know they want to, because they love what they do, because the only way is up. NOT because they want to be better than that group, or because they THINK they deserve better than the others. There is no room for sour grapes if you want to move forward and cultivate positively. At least, that's what I have learnt.

Will look forward to seeing familiar faces at our Christmas eve gig at Bangkok Jazz. In the meantime, it's rehearsals and more rehearsals.

The funky chicken head (Nicole)