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By turns spontaneous and classical, simultaneously contemporary and conservative, Asian and Western, Leong Lau creates what must surely be regarded as the most original synthesis of transcendent metaphysical and euphoric music ever written by an astute master musician. A multi-talented icon of music, Leong is steeped in the world's spiritual and impressionistic traditions, absorbing ideas and philosophy into his music and lyrics all his life. The composer of nearly sixty songs, including selections of music from Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, and other cultures, and two expositions of symphonies among several concertos, he is one of the most original and universal literary composers of this millennium. Josh Carlo, reviewing the great music achievements of humanity, remarked, "Let me say that this is a most completely realized composer and virtuoso musician I have ever encountered among the great masters of music of all time."
But nowhere is Leong 's music more fully realized than in his euphoric music now called Psychedelic Music. Leong defines the role of the composer as "one who creates sacramental relationships that always lasts ." In his music the profane becomes the sacrament, the diurnal sublimates the mundane and moments suddenly made luminous by perceptions that positively resonate with philosophical and passionate content. Within the parameters of such a deep spirituality, he could remain astonishingly profane at times. And yet the music transcends mere human sexuality, euphoricism becoming but an emblem of the synthesis of self and other, the sacred revealed within the profane world, the light of eternal love exposed in sacramental music of the psychedelic genre.
Born in Malaysia of Chinese ancestry, Leong Lau studied Chinese Opera and played flute with the Chinese Community Orchestra. He joined the Sydney Dance Company, 1976, as a dancer and was trained in ballet, modern and improvisational dance. After five years, he entered the Sydney Conservatoire of Music where he trained in professional music performance and composition, and then played concert flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He went to England, joined the Elizabethan Theater Trust in Shakespearean acting, then training as director, 1982-86. He returned to Australia, choreographed the theater performance at the Sydney Chinatown Mall Opening, where his compositions were played by members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by him.
A Tai Chi student from childhood, he blended the gentle flowing movements of Tai Chi into the dynamics of ballet and modern dance, with ethnic styles from such rare expressions such as the Bird dance of the Iban from the jungles of Borneo and the Animal dances of Aborigines in the Australian desert, integrating the dance choreography into the inspirational fusion masterpieces performed through thirty wonderful years at top venues in Istanbul, Tokyo, London, Moscow, Zurich, Paris, and Brisbane, as well as remote venues along the Gobi Desert, touring from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, over the Plains of Alexander to Iran.
Upgrading his performance to opera, he successfully toured the Genghis Khan opera to performances at south Turkey's ancient amphitheatre at Side, Singapore's Victoria Theatre and the Putra Theatre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an extract of his productions, illustrate his psychedelic fundamentals.
Nothing's too good for the asking, nothing's too good for the leaving behind
Nothing's too good for the taking over, nothing's too good for this is the Symphony of the Universe
Leong Lau lived many lives in the avant-garde of six decades--first in Malaysia as a precocious musician, dancer, impressionist painter, and self-taught poet of nature with ten years in a Christian mission school; then in Australia as an engineering student, an itinerant Chinaman, musician, and cycling naturalist committed to the protection of the planet long before ecology became a popular concern. Touring Asia, Europe, USA and remote parts of the world, he achieved international fame as a musician of extra-ordinary performance competence and virtuoso abilities, an erudite and popular composer, a expressionist of half a dozen cultures, Asian and Western, with an original repertoire of music that integrated worldly and transcendental styles, as it contained classical structure and free improvisational in juxtaposition, now called Psychedelic Music in the world of electronic cyberspace. .