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Performance Dip, Berklee College of Music
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Anna graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University, soon she realized her very urge to go to Berklee College of Music and she enrolled in the College in 2006.
While in Berklee, Anna explored and nurtured herself in various hand percussions, mallets and mainly drumset. She studied extensively with Ian Froman, Rick Considine, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Hazilla, John Ramsay, Yoron Israel, David DiCenso, Jackie Santos, Tony Smith, Kim Plainfield, Joe Galeota, Ricardo Monzon, Eguie Castrillo and Victor Mendoza. She cites Louis Hayes, Bill Stewart and Roy Haynes as her influences.
She awarded the Best Improved Drummer Award and Scholarship in April 2007. She was also awarded the Best Individual Performance in a significant acoustic music competition Soundbase 2007. In 2008, she was twice awarded the Berklee Achievements-Based Scholarship. In the same year, Anna was touring and featured in the Focus Day Concert in PASIC with the Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble in Austin,Texas.
In summer of 2009, Anna studied traditional African drumming, dancing and singing in Ghana, West Africa, under the instruction of gyill master Bernard Woma, Ghanaian percussion and dance masters Reuben Agbeli and Emmanuel Agbeli.
In August 2011. Anna returned Hong Kong and she was featured as a guest percussionist in Concert in the Dark by production company People Mountain People Sea and 1010.
In 2012, Anna led her all-Berklee-line- up-Jazz-Group, Fantastica, made it to the finalist round of The Venetian Macao’s International Jazz & Blues. Anna is also the new drummer and percussionist for the renowned Hong Kong rock band RAMBAND.
In 2015, Anna founded her own contemporary drumline “Fantastic Line” featuring herself on vocal and 8 drummers, style fused with Brazilian, Pop, Funk and African.
Other than performing, Anna also arranged and composed percussion music for various scale percussion ensembles. She was invited to write and coach all the percussion pieces in a Tang Shu Wing Producion – “Detention”, this non-verbal physical comedy show is the bestselling performance of Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012(London). Overwhelmed welcoming responses of the show that it had been invited to return to the Edinburgh Festival again in the summer of 2015, more than 150 shows had been done around the world so far.
Anna is also a Music Consultant and Arranger for numerous percussion ensembles in Hong Kong. Her other arranging work also included percussion music for the Hong Kong Childrens Choir for their overseas tour in 2011 summer.
To accomplish one of Anna’s goals for her return and the love of music, she has been giving workshops, an ongoing project supported by LCSD, about modern styles music and world percussion art to the general public and more than 20 local schools with both Renfrew Group and JCE John Chen Ensemble.