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A Collaboration with Greenroom136

I love collaborations. From performing and recording with friends from all around the world to using products that fuel musical creativity, I'm a firm believer in the power of collaboration. This is one such tale. I met Patrick of Greenroom 136 via my good friend bassist Kevin Theseira. Patrick interviewed me on his online show, Concrete Jungle and we discovered so many common threads in our work.

Right after that, our first collaboration began with my music becoming the theme music for his video series. I started using a Greenroom136 bag (this one) and later an idea came together. I wondered whether we could work together to develop a amp bag.

The video tells the tale. Check it out! =)

From Greenroom 136:

You may know Az Samad from his music on the ConcreteJungle podcast and most of our videos on Greenroom136. We both have strong respect for each other's work and it's such a thrill to have the opportunity to work with him on a collaboration.

As a professional guitar wizard in this day and age, heavy tech and nomadic tendencies are all too familiar. Az shares his career experience and why he loves his Greenroom bags.

Special thanks
Az Samad -
Yin -
The Satay Trio (Az Samad, Cheryl Tan and Fung Chern Hwei) -

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The Satay Trio


[The Satay Trio]

Az Samad: Guitar
Fung Chern Hwei: Violin
Cheryl Tan: Vocals

Event: The Satay Trio
Date: Friday, 1 March 2013
Time: 8pm
Cover Charge: RM40
Duration: 2 Sets of Music (45 minutes per set, 90 minutes in total)
Venue: FreeSpace, L1 - 35 & 36, Level 1, SStwo Mall, 40 Jalan SS 2/72, PJ
Facebook event page:

1. [The Malaysian Insider] Ready to be serenaded by The Satay Trio? 
2. [We Are Malaysian Made] The Satay Trio: Satay Calm and Play Some Music 
3. [I.M. Magazine] Satay Calm And Listen To This Trio  
4. [] Event: Satay Trio at SStwo 


1. Satay Trio Promotional Photos (FB Photo Album Link)
2. Media Interview: The Malaysian Insider speaks to The Satay Trio! (FB Photo Album Link)
3. The Satay Trio @ Readings at Seksan's (FB Photo Album Link)

Az Samad: Guitar
Guitarist-Composer-Educator Az Samad has recorded with Grammy Winners Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca; graduated & taught at the prestigious Berklee College of Music; performed in the United States, Europe & Asia; and appeared on 16 CDs ranging in styles from Tex-Mex, Contemporary Jazz to solo acoustic guitar. His works have been described as “richly textured, poetic and atmospheric”. Previously based in Berkeley, California; Az now lives in Kuala Lumpur.

Fung Chern Hwei: Violin

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Fung Chern Hwei absorbed a large amount of musical information since young in his surroundings that is filled with Chinese, Malay, South Indian, and of course, "Western" culture. After a long search for violin teacher since he was 4 years old, he finally found one when he was 8 and since then thrusted himself into the world of violin and never looked back.

Upon finishing his masters studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, Chern Hwei chose to stay back to pursue his musical career, playing different genres of music, absorbing yet even more musical languages and expressions. Styles that he plays frequently includes western classical, jazz, Middle Eastern music, tango, early music, rock, and hip hop. He recently self-released his debut album, “From The Heart”.
Artists that he was fortunate to work with include Uri Caine, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stanley Clarke, Tony Bennet, Bobby McFerrin, Steve Wilson, Elliot Sharp, Billy Martin, Roberta Piket, Dave Taylor, Ivo Perelman, Linda Oh, Jenny Lin, Mikael Karlsson, Dana Leong, Makoto Ozone, Paquito d'Rivera, among others.

Chern Hwei is currently the first violinist of Sirius Quartet, a string quartet based in New York City that performs and teach actively in the U.S, Europe and Asia.

Cheryl Tan: Vocals

Cheryl Tan is a jazz vocalist and actor. Trained in multiple disciplines, she believes in utilizing the entire breadth of sound available to her to create a unique vocal palate rather than accepting the limits of genre. Tan has studied under Chris Dingman, Connie Crothers, Anthony Braxton, Noah Baerman, Alvin Lucier and Jay Hoggard. She once got to sing with Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin. Tan has been heard in New York, Japan, San Jose, Singapore and Malaysia with such diverse collaborators as hip-hop group Blue Belts, the Sam Friedman Quartet, OperaOggiNY, Michael Veerapen, John Thomas, Az Samad, Daniel Foong, Zahid Ahmad and more.

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