C. Kenneth Lee
Substitute Faculty of The CalArts Pre-College Voice Program
B.F.A. California Institute of the Arts
C. Kenneth Lee has been hailed by The Hong Kong Economic Journal 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, and 2007 Torrey Pines Idol Contest Finalist classically trained singer.
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 was accepted for 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 GRAND HYATT HOTEL, MIRA HOTEL, ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, Skylark Lounge, 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 has landed on acting and singing roles including being a member of The Original US West Coast Opera Cast of Iannis Xenakis’s only Opera, (2010) ORESTEIA, and a singer/actor of The Los Angeles Original Musical Cast with MEREDITH MONK in (2008)SONGS OF ASCENSION at redcat in The Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Lee has worked musically with musicians like LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, David Rosenboom, Carlsbad Music Festival, California EAR Unit 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 CalArts. Lee studied music composition at Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute, The Walnut Hill School, and 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), 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 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 was nominated and almost recorded for Capitol Records/EMI
(NOTES FROM THE COMPOSER/ARTIST)
As vice-president (2006-2007) of a Best Buddies Chapter (a charity for the mentally disabled), a volunteer music therapy assistant for the mentally disabled), & nephew of a cancer victim/my aunt, Leticia Cheung, a portion of the sales from "Metamorphosis", "Breakaway", "Classical" went to "Best Buddies International", "American Cancer Society" and "UNICEF." In the case of this 4th album, it is my wish to continue with the spirit of giving by donating a portion of "Passion" sales to support SAVE THE CHILDREN's "Children's Emergency Fund" to help children affected by both the 2010 earthquakes in HAITI and CHILE.
(MANY THANKS TO:)
MY MOTHER AND FATHER FOR THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR ME AND MY MUSIC. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ESPECIALLY TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR STAYING AROUND AND SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT.
Tracks 1,8,9,10,11,13,14 recorded at CKL Studio in Hong Kong. Track 2 recorded at The Cal Arts Dizzy Gillespie Studio. Track 16 recorded at THE HONG KONG GRAND HYATT HOTEL BALLROOM. Track 18 recorded at The Tahitian Princess Cruise's Cabaret Lounge. Tracks 5,17 recorded live at The Cal Arts Roy O' Disney Hall. All mixing, mastering, vocals, background vocals and synthesized instruments performed on songs by C. Kenneth Lee.
ALL MUSIC AND LYRICS COMPOSED AND ARRANGED BY C. KENNETH LEE.
"...I think his music is pretty, cool and catchy..."
- Colin Bates (one of the original BILLY ELLIOT actors on The London Broadway Musical )
"It's a pleasure to hear his great music..."
-Jeff Marder (associate conductor of The Los Angeles Broadway Musical "WICKED")
“…his music has great diversity of styles from classical to experimental…”
-Matt McBane (composer, conductor and founding director of The Carlsbad Music Festival)