Composer,pianist,singer,author & occasional actor
RECORD LABELS: CKL Music, EDITION WANDELWEISER RECORDS
(2010-2011)Substitute Faculty of The CalArts Pre-College Voice Program
BFA.,(California Institute of the Arts)
CERT.,(S.D County Regional Occupational Program in “Child Development”)
C. Kenneth Lee has been hailed by The Hong Kong Economic Journal 信報 as "a young musical prodigy...he frequently visits the elderly home and entertains them with music and warmth...must thank him for giving them music therapy and hope." Lee is a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award Finalist, recipient of The 2005 California Institute of Music's "Creative Student Leadership Award", an honorable mention recipient from 2006 Save Me a Spot in College Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Contest and a 2009 Cal Arts Capitol Records / EMI Jazz CD project Contest Nominated Asian Classical-Crossover/Film Composer. He is a pianist, actor, former chapter vice-president of Best Buddies International and 2007 Torrey Pines Idol Contest Finalist classically trained singer.
C. Lee’s "Piano Solo No.4 (2011)" appeared on EDITION WANDELWEISER RECORDS, a German classical Label that include names like John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Morton Feldman. etc. Lee was nominated and almost recorded for CAPITOL RECORDS/EMI.
Lee is currently a substitute faculty of California Institute of the Arts Pre-College Voice Program. Lee has taught kindergarten at The TPHS Kindergarten from 2005-2006 (certified by The San Dieguito High School Union District), started a music therapy class for the TPHS Special Ed. Department (2005-2007) with school pathologist at The Torrey Pines High School in San Diego and did an internship in Hong Kong at F.O.C.U.S (a well-known non-profit Organization to help children with A.D.H.D, Dyslexia and other learning disabilities). Lee was a nominated candidate for the 2010 election for senator of Walt Disney’s CalArts Herb Alpert School of Music that ended in a TIE. Lee has been sponsored to have his own solo concerts in USA such as Beverly Hills Aqua Lounge, Genghis Cohen.etc, Australia such as St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Hong Kong such as THE HONG KONG GRAND HYATT HOTEL, THE HK MIRA HOTEL, THE HK ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, The HK Skylark Lounge, HK Backstage Live .etc),and PRINCESS CRUISES. Apart from collaborating with many bands and choirs; and having released 4 solo CDs of his original compositions on iTUNES, AMAZON, NAPSTER, RHAPSODY, and other mp3 venders, Lee sang & acted in several lead and supporting roles that included being a member of The Original US West Coast Opera Cast of Iannis Xenakis' only opera, (2010) ORESTEIA, and a member of The Los Angeles Original Musical Cast with MEREDITH MONK in (2008)SONGS OF ASCENSION that toured at redcat in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lee has worked musically with and assisted with artists like LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, David Rosenboom, Carlsbad Music Festival, California EAR Unit, Vicky Fung, Katie Geissinger, and other groups and artists in the U.S and in Hong Kong. Lee has studied piano with an alumni from The Julliard School, an alumni from The Eastman School of Music, and faculties at California Institute of the Arts. Lee studied music composition at Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute, The Walnut Hill School, & received his Bachelors degree in music composition at California Institute of the Arts. Lee has studied composition/worked with Augusta Read Thomas, Morton Subotnick, William Powell (Julliard School Alumni ’70), Steve Hoey, David Rosenboom, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, Matt McBane, Michael Pisaro, Barry Schrader, Rob Wannamaker.etc, and studied voice with Angela Gooch, Alla Markovich, Jimmy Chan.etc. Lee is the founder and the first president of CMTC (The Cal Arts Musical Theater Club).
Lee and his music has also been featured in several newspapers (Hong Kong Economic journal, East West Magazine, Del Mar Village Voice. etc) and on radio broadcasts from the USA(ex: UCLA radio), United Kingdom(ex: Tempo FM 107.4, and Australia(ex: 2 CR Radio Network). Lee’s music has been performed by David Rosenboom, Allan Vogel of Los Angeles Chamber orchestra, California EAR Unit, Susan Allen, Matt McBane.etc. as well as chosen for the 20th Century FOX SPONSORED “The 2009 Independent Asian Pacific Islander Performing Artists and Writers Festival” in Los Angeles.
"It's a pleasure to hear his great music..."
-JEFF MARDER(associate conductor of The Los Angeles Broadway Musical "WICKED")
"...I've heard his stuff, I think it's pretty magical..."
-HENRY LEE HOPPER (Academy "OSCAR" Award Nominated actor Dennis Hopper's Actor Son)
"...his music has great diversity of styles from classical to experimental ..."
-MATT MCCBANE (composer,conductor,and founder and director of the CARLSBAD MUSIC FESTIVAL,Carlsbad,CA)
(Notes from the composer:)
I believe that it is my duty to contribute to society and in particular to those who are less fortunate or are suffering from a disability or disease. By doing so, I hope this will inspire others to do likewise. A portion of the sales proceeds of my last CD went to support Best Buddies. In the case of this second CD, it is my wish to continue with the spirit of giving by going down a list of non-profitable charities worldwide. I have chosen the American Cancer Society to help combat this dreadful disease because I have recently lost my loving aunt, Leticia Cheung, who succumbed to cancer. I dedicate this CD in memory of her. I deeply share the sorrow of those who are also personally affected by cancer.
(Excerpt from a letter from Best Buddies)
Thank you so much for your amazing donation to Best Buddies! Your money has already been put to a great program! It is people like you that make our world a better place!...Thank you so much again!
(BEST BUDDIES program supervisor)
Under the influence of growing up amidst a mixed background of brainwashing pop music while receiving a fine musical education in classical, world, avant-garde, jazz and film score music, it was hard for Lee to choose which genre to focus on. In this sophomore album, he decided to give us a bit of both worlds with a primary focus on quality rather than quantity.
Lee has optimized his new talent in songwriting as well as giving us once again that soaring and beautiful orchestral sound which we had sampled in “Metamorphosis”.
“Breakaway” reflects Lee’s maturity and a clear departure from his last album. In this album, he works with a new team of professionals and has created a production that proves that this cd is no joke.
Kenneth started composing at the age of 10. He was a student of Dr. Steven Hoey, a Charles Ives Scholarship winner. Lee has also studied composition with Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, Augusta Read Thomas, David Rosenboom, Meredith Monk, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Jon Fink, Barry Schrader, Michael Pisaro, Michael Mcbride, Matt Mcbane(Founding Director of Carlsbad Music Festival),Thomas A. Brown, Michael Weinstein and many others.
Kenneth started playing piano at the age of 4 and has been taking piano lessons from Hei-ock Kim, alumni The Juilliard School.
He has performed in the leading roles of the Prince in Cinderella, Rolf in the Sound of Music and the salesman, conductor and other roles in the Music Man in 9 shows in Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Neurosciences Auditorium and Pt. Loma Nazarene Univeristy in San Diego. He sang Mozart Aria with the California Institute of Music Southern California Sinfonietta Orchestra on January 29, 2006 for the Mozart's Birthday Concert at Pt. Loma Nazarene University. Apart from guest featuring, Lee has had his own concerts in the United States,Hong Kong and Australia.
The songs in "Breakaway" demonstrated his first attempt in showcasing vocal . Surprisingly, Lee preferred to present a less showy side by giving Broadway show tunes and opera a break to perform his original songs that are personal, honest and satirical. Not only has Lee presented a satirical, original and musical view on society, he has also given us a whole new selection of original music which is meditative and relaxing, as well as showing a variety of styles which he pulled from his sleeves.
All Vocals: C. Kenneth Lee
All instruments and synthesized instruments performed by
C. Kenneth Lee. All songs mixed and recorded by C. Kenneth Lee
Photography and Art Direction: C. Kenneth Lee
All Tracks recorded at CKL Studio, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, CA. Except Tracks 1.5,6,8 and 11 recorded live at Roy O'Disney Music Hall.
All songs, lyrics, solos and orchestral compositions composed and arranged by C. Kenneth Lee