Press release: Frank Scott Hew infuses Music and Fashion in “TERPESONA”

Music video ‘Terpesona’ launches a style of its own

Kuala Lumpur, 11 January 2011 – Frank Scott Hew’s premier single and music video titled ‘Terpesona’ was launched yesterday at Celebrities Club, Soho KL in Solaris Mont’ Kiara in Kuala Lumpur.

The event was hosted by Dato’ Mahadzir Lokman and brought celebrity models Amber Chia, Nadine Ann and Stefanie Chua on stage garbed in Keith Kee’s magnificent creations. Over 150 guests and media attended, showing support to the music industry’s first – the collaboration between newcomer tenor Frank Scott Hew and lyrical soprano Syafinaz Selamat.

Frank Scott Hew & Syafinaz Selamat

“Terpesona“, which reveals Frank Scott as two personas – good and evil; both vying for a maiden’s affection, was conceived by the newcomer himself. Frank Scott, also a lifestyle architect who has already strewn performing arts into his life since he was young added that, “venturing into the music industry is something that I never expected and I am really excited about it as music has always been my biggest passion.”

Frank Scott, who has been playing the piano and organ since he was 5 years old, is a Singer as well as a trained Dancer and Choreographer. He has also always been interested in fashion since young and with a distinct style of his own, has successfully merged this sense with his first singing debut in this music release. According to Frank Scott, “I see fashion as an essential expression of one’s personality. In the video, the costumes were important to bring out the fantasy aspect of the song. I hope people will enjoy the music video as much as we enjoyed creating it ”.  This is the reason that attracted the myriad of local fashion designers to collaborate with him for the music video.

The four local fashion designers – Key Ng, Keith Kee, Melinda Looi and Michael Ong, collaborated with Frank Scott for “Terpesona”. All were impressed with Frank Scott’s vision for the music video and his artistic direction. Key Ng was so taken that he invited Frank Scott to be his muse for the Stylo Fashion week. Keith Kee met Frank Scott at the same event and was blown away by his opening performance with Syafinaz Selamat. Melinda Looi found out they have one thing in common – most of their designs are conceived from their dreams. Meanwhile, Michael Ong was taken aback when he first heard Frank Scott and Syafinaz sang; “Two big beautiful voices come together… powerful and romantic. [Frank Scott’s] voice is very unique and fits perfectly well with Syafinaz’s. I noticed that Syafinaz is very particular with her work and I believe that Frank Scott is special enough to have gained her trust.”

Nadine Ann, Stefanie Chua & Amber Chia dressed in Keith Kee designs

Frank Scott would readily admit that his musical journey would not have happened in the first place without Syafinaz Selamat, whom he was introduced to by mutual friend Rosnan Abdul Rahman from Istana Budaya. It was through her that he met Hafiz Askiak who composed the fantastical duet for Frank and Syafinaz called ‘Terpesona’ in which he managed to merge Frank’s pop and Syafinaz’s operatic style.

The Terpesona project took more than eight months to come to fruition – from composer search to recording, video planning to costume design, finding the right production crew and CGI Animation team – Blaque Media and more. “It was truly a hard and long but fulfilling journey for me,” said Frank Scott. “If I didn’t have the great passion for this, I would have easily given up half way. It was really physically and emotionally exhausting but my heart tells me that this is something that I should do,” he added. As the Producer and Artistic Director of the project, Frank Scott Hew did not only invest his heart, soul and time but also most of his savings as well. “I feel very blessed and thankful as a lot of people came forward to help put the pieces together. I now have a piece of music that I hope brighten up the Malaysian music industry.”

The success of the project was also a result of invaluable support provided by Winnie Loo from A Cut Above; Fabien Wong – Chief Make Up Artist from A Cut Above Academy; Image Stylists Wee Chee and Allien Gan; Abigail Wong and Melissa Chai from Maxis and Sammi from Golden Dynamic who created an amazing digital platform for ‘Terpesona’ and many more.

Cast and crew of TERPESONA

‘Terpesona’ music video and music single by Frank Scott Hew featuring Syafinaz Selamat are both available for purchase via mobile download with your preferred telecommunications provider.

-Ends.

Note to Editors: Hi-resolution images, TERPESONA – the music video and song are available online here.

Note to Producers: DVD copies of the music video and music single are available upon request. Please email: novapr@gmail.com.

Media inquiries: Jasmine Low, NOVApr.com – a division of Go International Group. Email: novapr@gointernationalgroup.com or novapr@gmail.com.

FACT SHEET

Frank Scott Hew

Frank Scott Hew is a natural born performer but calls himself just an ordinary guy with a passion for art and music. He’s played the piano and organ since he was 5 years old and had always had the knack for fashion even from young.

Frank Scott took up architecture and pursued his career in design in the United Kingdom. He returned to Malaysia in 2009 and set up FRK Design – an architectural and interior design firm. Since Frank Scott is also a trained dancer and choreographer, and an ardent fashionista, it was only natural that his passon for music, art, dance and fashion collided when he caught up with old friends who paved the way and encouraged him towards the realisation of ‘Terpesona’. This is his first independently released single and music video.

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Syafinaz Selamat

A UiTM music degree graduate, Syafinaz was also under the tutelage of Muzaffar Abdullah (pianoforte) and Siti Chairani Proehorman (voice). The lyrical soprano has performed many arias for operas from composers such as Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and many more. She was also chosen to play the role of a soprano solo in Carl Offs’ Carmina Burana with100 choir members and the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia, conducted by reputed Australian conductor Roland Peelman.

She’s also a prominent singer and host of several musical entertainment shows. Her career achievements as a singer include a Gold Medal in the R&B/Pop/Rock/Contemporary category during the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 1999. Additionally, she’s been twice nominated in the AIM for Best Female Vocal in an Album.

Syafinaz has also extensive experience as a judge, having been a judge for: “Akademi Fantasia 3”, “Akademi Fantasia 4”. “Who Will Win”, “Mentor” and the voice trainer/music advisor for “Audition II”.

Keith Kee

Hailing from Teluk Intan, Perak, the fast rising star in the Malaysian bridal fashion industry is the son of a seamstress and a factory worker has been interested in fashion since he was a child. By the age of eight, he was already making dresses for his sister’s Barbie dolls. By ten, he was making elaborate evening gowns for the dolls using leftover fabrics, laces, silks and ribbons from his mother.

At the age of 18, he attended International Fashion Training Centre (IFTC) in Kuala Lumpur and continued his education in fashion at Hagihara Academy of Fashion & Merchandising where he emerged as the academy’s top student in 1998 at the age of 21.

He continued his fashion education at the renowned Chan M. Y. Institute in Taipei, Taiwan, majoring in wedding gown and cheongsam design. Upon returning to Malaysia, he started his own label, Keith Kee, in Penang in 2001. Today, Keith Kee Couture Boutiques are located in Tanjung Tokong, Penang and in Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

For more information, please visit http://www.keithkee.com

Key Ng

The Singapore Nanyang Institute of Arts graduate began his career in the early 1990s apprenticing under Singaporean designer Bobby Ch’ng for two years. He opened his own label, Key Ng, upon returning to Malaysia.

The versatile designer often plays with details in his designs as he makes use of fabric, detail and shape. Aside from fashion, he also specialises in manufacturing of garments, brand development, uniform design as well as image consultancy. All of his designs are locally manufactured in his own factory to ensure the quality of his creations.

Michael Ong

The self-trained designer has been attracted towards fashion and art as early as 5 years old. At the age of 17, he started working at a local boutique where he managed to devour every single scrap and stitch and uncovered the art of being a clothier in 4 years.

Success began to beckon when, barely 21 years old, in 1991 he was invited to showcase his talent at the inaugural Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Fashion Gala, now known as KL Fashion Week.

Proclaimed as one of Malaysia’s most successful avant-garde designers, he has won awards such as “Most Talented Designer” and “Best Presentation”. His couture collections have made headlines at numerous shows around the world, among them Jean-Paul Gaultier Eyewear shows, Kent 961 Fashion Collection and for MAC Cosmetics at the International Fashion Aids Show in Toronto, Canada.

For more information, please visit http://www.michaelong. com.my

Melinda Looi

Melinda Looi is an award-winning fashion designer whose designs have caught the eyes of Hollywood’s A-listers as well as royalties from other countries. She was studying at the La Salle Institute of Design in Kuala Lumpur in 1995 when she won the Malaysia Young Designer Award, allowing for a scholarship to study at the La Salle School of Fashion in Montreal, Canada.

Since graduating and returning to Malaysia, she has garnered accolade after accolade, including Designer of the Year award at the Mercedes Benz STYLO Fashion Awards, Kuala Lumpur in 2009, Asia Pacifica Young Designer Award 2000 in Hong Kong, White Creation Award 1997 in Canada and Japan’s Cotton Award in 1995.

Today she has three distinct brands – Melinda Looi Couture, Melinda Looi Prêt-à-Porter and MELL, which is sold in Malaysia and selected boutiques in Europe.

For more information, please visit http://www.melindalooi.com.my

Winnie Loo

Synonymous with great hair designs and styling, Winnie Loo has been interested in hair and fashion ever since she was a schoolgirl. Immediately after completing her secondary school education, she left for London in 1976 to pursue an intensive course in hairstyling where she has been trained by some of the world’s best, including hair maestro Vidal Sassoon.

She opened her first hair salon in 1977 in Wisma MPL in Jalan Raja Chulan upon returning from London and established A Cut Above in 1979. In 1997, she was recognised internationally when she became the first Malaysian to be awarded to World Master of the Craft award by the Art & Fashion Group of New York.

Since then she has garnered more awards such as Best Hairstylist at the Malaysia International Fashion Award (MiFA) 2003, Best Centre for Hairdressing by City & Guilds in 2007 and the 2008 STYLO Industry Award.

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