Ann Leung

Can a goose be a ham? . . . Acting Debut

 

Hi folks,

Happy New year and hope you have been refreshed by the festive season.

We're currently in the midst of final acting rehearsals for the "Australia Day" play which opens on Australia Day at Redland Museum. After 3 months immersed in it, I have to say it's been an absolute delight working with director, Ray Noonan, and fellow cast and crew from Mates Theatre Genesis.

I have vivid memories of feeling overwhelmingly awkward at school Speech and Drama classes, so it's been a wonderful surprise to discover that acting can be a ton of fun. It's a learning curve for sure, but I've got an inkling that's what makes it so enjoyable.
My biggest lesson in this latest sojourn:

Drop the judgement!

Allow yourself to experiment and explore without judgement and wondrous things may develop.  

....  it actually works

If you'd like to catch the show, it's a witty and irreverent take on our national identity, with some archetypal Aussie characters including: Wally the redneck builder, Brian the local mayor running for pre-selection in a federal seat, Roberta, his loyal and upstanding deputy, Maree, the ol' dear from the Country Womens' Association, Helen, the local Greens Councillor with a disabled son, and the character I play - Chester - an Australian Born Chinese School teacher who just loves to ham it up...

oh and I get to sing a bit too!

When: January 26 - February 3 (Evening Shows plus matinee on Sunday Feb 29)
Where: Redland Museum, 60 Smith St Cleveland

Book Online or phone 07 3286 3494  Dinner & Show options available.

plus

one night only at Magda Community Arts, 80 Boundary Rd, Bardon 
Saturday February 18th 
Book Online for Magda Show

Special thanks to the terrific cast and crew - Ray Noonan, Jan Nary, Chad Sherrin, Diana Gogulski, Suzanne Kelly, Roy Nunn, Ian Munday, Jacki Wiley, Donna Magrath, Barbara Collyer, James Auld, Greg Pope.

Upcoming Music Gigs:

Diddly Squat Band 
February 25th - 4pm (Blackboard from 1pm)
Coast Acoustics - 231 Beaudesert Nerang Rd, Nerang

Hope to see you somewhere soon.

 

  

ASA Songwriting Contest - Top 30

I honk therefore I am

 

Last month I put my hand up to do a stint of Public Speaking. It was a 12 minute prepared speech fashioned along the lines of a TED Talks event. It surprised me that I put myself forward, but on reflection I realise that I've had a long held fascination with Public Speaking.

In Grade 1, I spontaneously put up my hand to do a "Show and Tell" morning talk. I was super excited - our family had just returned from a trip to Mt. Isa, and I thought I had some interesting stories to share. Alas, when I walked to the front of the classroom and saw the sea of expectant faces staring at me, I froze. I stood there paralysed, trying to find the words, one word, any word...

After what seemed like an eternity, my very kind teacher, Mrs Johnson suggested I might like to sit down and perhaps speak again on another day. Well I never felt the desire to proffer myself again, but there were a number of occasions in the ensuing years, where it was no longer a voluntary exercise, but a compulsory activity.

I learnt from that experience the importance of preparation, and that with preparation, one could deliver a half-decent talk. On the occasions, where I've had to speak, I came to understand that Public Speaking really starts with the writing, which is an activity I've always savoured.

So last month, I found myself actually enjoying the challenge of delivering an engaging speech, sharing my story and experiences on "getting comfortable with being uncomfortable." Afterwards I found myself feeling incredibly liberated and ready to tackle more of my phobias.

The next day I saw an ad for a free acting course with the Sydney Theatre Company for Asian Australians - "no prior acting experience necessary". To my surprise, I observed myself thinking "Yes I'm ready to try that!"

Now I should say here that "Acting" is one of those things like "Singing" that have been on my bucket list of things to avoid. My parents enrolled me in Speech and Drama classes as a kid to get me to come out of my shell... it never worked and I abhorred those classes with a passion.

So I was gob-smacked to watch myself completing the application form and hitting the Submit button. I don't know yet whether I'll be accepted for this course, but the Universe has an uncanny way of delivering.

A week later I heard a local Community theatre group were looking for an Asian Australian to fill a role in an upcoming play. Forty-eight hours later, this little goose has signed up for the part. So.... the start of another adventure. I get the feeling this is one of those pivotal steps which will lead to a new level of learning and more unfurling.

Sufficed to say, I'm slightly terrified, but not nearly as much as I thought I would be! If I don't bail out beforehand, the play titled "Australia Day" will open for a short season at Redlands Museum on Australia Day!

 

UPCOMING GIGS

Meanwhile on the music front - I'm playing a few gigs with Chris in our G'day China duo format:


Saturday October 29th - 7:30pm
G'day China - supporting Andrew Dickson & Stacey Hoy
Retro Bar, Kenmore  $15  

Sunday October 30 - 1:30-3:30pm
Ann solo - Sounds Original - 6 songwriters showcasing original music
Indigiscapes, Capalaba Free Entry

Monday October 31 - 9am-10am
G'day China -
State Library of Qld, South Brisbane - Free

Saturday November 12 - 10am-4pm
State Library 10 Year Anniversary & BrisStyle Markets
Market stalls, quality handmade gifts/ art, food stalls, displays, library tours. 
G'day China performing at 2:15pm
State Library of Qld - Free

More Info

 

 

 

 

Desire & Fear

 

Standing at the kitchen bench, peeling carrots recently, it strikes me that the journey of recent years has been a marriage of DESIRE and FEAR.

There's been this carrot of possibilities constantly dangling in front of my beak...the possibility of creating something glorious and beautiful, the possibility of momentarily connecting with another being. As the story goes, to taste the carrot, one has to bust through the fear... the fear of being judged, the fear of failing, and ultimately the fear of being a complete goose.

If the desire is stronger than the fear, challenging the fears becomes a necessary, even if somewhat uncomfortable process. The unexpected thing is, when you bust through the fear, the joy is exponential. Exponential, because coming out the other side, invites even more possibilities and new experiences.... 
and yeah that probably means more opportunities to be uncomfortable. 

It's good to be a little uncomfortable. Ironic that carrots, are my favourite colour!

Big thank you to the folks who've come along to recent gigs and to the wonderful people at the recent Winterbreak retreat, where I had the opportunity to participate in Michael Fix's guitar workshops, and collaborate &  perform with talented singer-songwriters Kim Banffyand Jodi Murtha

 

 

 

Breaking Bread

 

Such a thrill to be sharing the stage with talented singer-songwriters Lisa Richards & Jodi Murtha.
I met Lisa back in 2011 where she was a tutor at Winterbreak Music Retreat, and Jodi a year later at Grill'd Open Mic.
I marvel for the connections we make though the musical journey.
Being around "real" musicians inspires me to keep improving!

We'll be sharing a few stories and our thoughts on what "Breaking Bread means

hope you can join us

I'll be accompanied by the wonderful Rebecca Wright on Cello and Chris Hall on bass.

The world through her eyes

 

One of the joys of experiencing art of any kind, whether it be visual art, music, poetry, novels, is the chance to glimpse the world through the eyes of another human being. 

Often the designers and photographers who help shape the image of a musician go largely unacknowledged.

I'm so proud to congratulate Chris Hall for taking out the Best PR Photo Award at the recent QLD MUSIC DESIGn AWARDS ...and what was the photo?....none other than the cover shot from my album "dreams of a wildgoose".

Chris did an astounding job with the album artwork. I asked her to make the album cover that matched the music - and I reckon she nailed it! It so aptly symbolises my musical journey, which has been one of unfurling on so many levels. It represents joy, growth, possibilities, and pays tribute to my cultural heritage, and my place in the world as a "wildgoose".

   Congratulations Chris!!! & such a gracious acceptance speech. 

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Semi-Finalist UK Songwriting Contest!

 

I have friends who'd say music is not about competition, and I'd agree. However, there's some burning desire for feedback on how the broader musical industry might guage these songs, and I keep entering! I guess external affirmation is always nice.
That ol' chestnut "Stanley" & "Will I Remember" received a Semi-finalist placing in the UK Songwriting Contest 2015 "Mahatma" got an Honorable Mention! Happy goose.

a gaggle of real musos

 

I never imagined that making music could be part of my life experience, particularly since I've had a long held aversion (since kindy) to singing & performing. After accidentally writing my first song 5 years ago, I found myself so wrapped up in the joy of creating something new, that learning to sing and perform became a natural and necessary part of the journey.

Here's the video footage of the debut album launch concert ....i's not a flawless performance by any means, but certainly a milestone for this lil goose playing with a gaggle of real musicians, and being responsible for putting together a whole show.

On reflection, I realise the value is as much about the journey of unfurling,
as it is the actual collection of songs. 
Don't we all do our best work when we follow what truly fires and grows us?

Thank you to the wonderful audience, Michael Bourne (Folk Rag), the "wildgoose orchestra" and special guests Michael Fix & Diddly Squat Band

 

 

Unleashed!

 

Thank you all the beautiful folk who were there for the Live Launch of the new album.
It was wonderful to have some friendly supporters in the audience.
Thank you for for being so receptive and for laughing in just the right spots.

Such a delight to play with the honking "wildgoose orchestra", my friends from Diddly Squat, and
Michael Fix who joined us for one exquisite rendition of "Will I Remember".
and heck yeah - I will long remember it!

 

 

 One of the biggest thrills was seeing the introductory video projected up on the wall behind the stage.
After spending many hours giggling to myself whilst putting this video together,
it was a hoot to finally unleash and share it.

Here's the video teaser for the album which includes the intro we played at the live launch, 
and features additional exclusive candid "behind the scenes" footage from the recording studio. 
Look out for the shower cubicle which doubles as a vocal recording booth!!!

 

 Still looking for last minute Christmas gifts?

Why not "stuff a goose in your stocking"!
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That's great value for shipping outside of Oz
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If you want shipping in Australia, still best value to purchase from here.
Click link at top right
I'll even gift wrap for you - just let me know in the special instructions. 

Thank you for your support throughout the year
Happy festive season to you all.

the higher the hair the closer to god

 

It's not quite Dolly Parton, but ain't all the joy in the trying?
only a few more sleeps until Launch - November 21!
and it's feeling more "spesh" by the minute.
Rumour has it that the uber talented Micheal Fix will join us for a song!
see ya there!

 

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