Hi, I’m Shueh-li (pronounced Shelley)—an Australian-born Singapore recording artist living in the U.S.A. I write, record, perform, produce my CDs and shows, create my music videos and artwork, and promote and manage my career. I cover it all!
I was in an area of research that melded real-time graphic generation in live performance utilising extended synthesizer techniques, and, I co-ran a midi studio for film & TV projects before I left for Singapore.
There, I had the privilege of working in the multimedia industry where I headed the development of a line of award-winning music-edutainment CDs and a java based cyber playhouse for research into interactive online gaming. They are on permanent display at the National Museum of Play in Rochester NY. As head, I was responsible for the publicity, sales and survival of the department.
A few years later, I decided that what I really wanted to do was to create music, so I became the Director of Electric Muse (EM). EM quickly gained a reputation for being able to provide customized instruments and show design for live entertainment and theatre. The acceptance by the artistic community of me as an authority on various performance genres was my reward!
During this time, I wrote two electronic operas (dramatico works), original music for theatre and even found time to contribute reviews and articles to Singapore’s premier “Arts Magazine” (read).
In 2004, I decided to go out on a limb again by launching show concept Xenovibes (XV) which I took to the USA in 2005, with the blessing of the Singapore Straits Times who sent me off as "Singapore's diva of the theremin".
I wanted to address the definition of my ‘sound’. I also simply loved entertaining and working with musicians from all walks of life. XV has performed at various international events and I’ve had the privilege of being the first thereminist at some of these. I’ve also had the honor of working with on my shows, and recording some remarkable musicians; Dean Parks (Steely Dan & various), Curtis Randall (LeAnne Rimes), Shelley Carrol (Duke E Orchestra), Mike McKinney (Jackson 5), Chris Currell (Michael Jackson), Bill Ham (Sony & Cher), Chuck Smith (Kirk Whalum), Eric Struthers (Aaron Neville Quartet) to name a few.
My arrival in America in 2005, commenced with a working relationship with John A. Martinez of Fingerfoot Music Productions* (FMP, 2005-20010). John, who participated in the premier of Xenovibes the Show in Singapore, became XV’s USA core member. This collaboration also spawned the Keller International Music Academie which I co-directed. In 2009 I became the US Writer to South East Asian news-blog SonicFreakz which reports on all things associated with music.
After traveling extensively, I moved to Nashville in 2010 to take in new sights and sound, to retreat to record new music. A solo debut album was released with a show at the Steinway Piano Gallery in 2012. A few mini-tours later, I returned in 2014 with an encore performance. Nashville SCENE claimed me as their 'Queen of the theremin', and my annual program at Steinway became known as "Shueh-li Presents in Nashville".
Since 2014, and as an expert lecturer in an adjunct capacity, I have taught at Singapore Polytechnic, and Republic Polytechnic, as well as conducted lecture-workshops at Rutgers University, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and the Nashville Steinway Piano Gallery, to name a few. My fav areas include studio production with Logic Pro, synthesis, electronic music, expressive performance, extended synth techniques and of course the theremin.
And in 2020, thanks to my dear friend, Karen Kowalski, Director of the music group at the Arc of Somerset County NJ; which serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, I get to present a musical experience with the theremin on a regular basis.
I also started live streaming on YouTube in 2020 to a regular audience!
"Your music is terrific, and I learn something new every time I tune in,” said Mike Flavin (PA, USA).
"A great and detailed interview every time she has one. Not to miss," said A.L. (NY, USA).
"Your network is amazing. Your guests are so interesting. The insight to MJ was the highlight for me. I could have listened to that for another few hrs," said Sam Yu (NSW, Australia).
"You have an amazing series of diverse guests sharing their fascinating experiences from parts of the music making world that most people don't even know exist," Ben Ang (Singapore).
Other highlights: I was invited to perform on 2 occasions at the “Switched-On: Birth of the Moog Synth” exhibit in Ithaca NY, appearing with old friends such as Trevor Pinch & James Spitznagel of Electric Golem, Malcolm Cecil (TONTO), and Herb Deutsch. I adjudicated at the Music Competition held by the International Conservatory of Performing Arts in Plano TX. I programmed sounds for the Yamaha Reface DX (which can be found on their SoundMondo site), participated in a Sound Painting event led by Tim O’Dwyer (head of music LaSalle College of the Arts Singapore), got a mention in 'theGuardian' newspapers, performed for my friends at the NJ ProgHouse, and tracked theremin for a few ProgRock bands.
In 2020 I got to visit Ocean Ways Studio in Nashville to track for grammy-award winning producer, Gus Borner, with the Nashville Symphony.
I'd like to thank you, my friends, for your continued support.
Here's wishing you "good vibes! And I hope to see you at one of my presentations soon."
(*Fingerfoot Music Productions does not represent Electric Muse nor its associates. The working relationship ceased in 2010 until further notice.)
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