The podcast that provides profiles of great harmonica players and technicians from around the world
Oct. 26, 2021

Cy Leo interview

Cy Leo interview

Cy Leo joins me on episode 48.
Leo is from Hong Kong, where he started learning to play classical chromatic harmonica from age 6, under the direction of his father, who is an accomplished player himself, having won the ensemble category at the 1997 World Harmonica Championship with his quintet, helping to raise interest in the harmonica throughout Asia.
Leo quickly gained recognition in his own right, winning the World Championship youth category at age 15 before taking the adult crown at age 19.
Still only 27, Leo has built on his early success with some notable studio sessions and two albums under his own name. Leo also spent a few years on cruise ships which helped him hone his stagecraft.
Currently living in New York, Leo is studying Jazz Performance at NYU. And watch out on your TV screens for Leo as he is about to audition for America’s Got Talent!

Links:

Leo's website:
https://www.cyleomusic.com/

Kings Harmonica Quintet:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpKi1oSXOlTpHkyWSRzlFsQ

Ginger Muse record label:
https://www.gingermuse.com/

Love of Chromatic Harmonica book:
http://mastersofharmonica.com/slide/love-chromatic-harmonica-5/

Cremona chromatic:
http://www.workshop-cremona.com/service.html

Pollestad chromatic:
http://www.polle.no/munnspi3.html

Microphone:
https://www.lewitt-audio.com/microphones/mtp-live/mtp-740-cm


Videos:

World Championship entry 2013:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq3PuVLxZTM

Playing Flight of the Bumble Bee on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRmk1ZPSjXc

Performing at Chinese New Year celebrations in London:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipOMGDuRNwE&t=170s

Song with Sandy Lam:
https://youtu.be/IaMI0Zb2kKk

Tuition video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQypPEs4ksc


Podcast website:

https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com

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