The Tony Carpio Music Workshops
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 The Tony Carpio Music Workshops

The Tony Carpio Music Workshops was founded in 1976 with the main focus on jazz education. Many professional musicians attended Tony's Seminars, where he talked about a range of topics from improvisation to harmony.

In the early 80's the company expanded to providing in-house entertainment for hotels/lounges as well as performing for special events, corporate functions and annual balls.

By the mid 90's, The Tony Carpio Band had established themselves as the power-house of entertainment in Hong Kong. Performing in hundreds of high profile functions such as Louis Vuitton’s 100 Year Anniversary Celebration in Hong Kong (1996) and “The Hand Over" in 1997.

Now The Tony Carpio Music Workshops has expanded even further with the creation of the Divisions. These include:

  1. Providing Live Entertainment (Hotels/Lounges/Clubs &Restaurants)
  2. Functions
  3. Workshops
  4. Music Education (Pop & Jazz)
  5. Singing Parties
  6. Jazz Performances

The Tony Carpio Music Workshops has become more of a family oriented business throughout the years with further inclusion of Tony’s wife, Rosalie and with their 2 sons, Bernard and Christopher. The company continues to grow with all the Carpio’s now being involved with the day to day business and we look forward to serving you and your musical needs in the future.

The Band

Tony Carpio’s Band is a highly skilled and top-class function/dance band who specialize in weddings and other major private celebrations, and Black Tie corporate events. The band members and singers are all top professionals who have an extensive repertoire and can play a wide variety of styles. Tony’s band has backed-up many international singers and acts, including Andy Williams and Patti Page in Hong Kong. His band performs mainly in Hong Kong and has also entertained audiences at top venues around Asia, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Bangkok, Taiwan, Singapore and Macau.

Tony usually works with a 5 to 8 piece band featuring Tony on guitar, piano, bass, drums and female singer, however we can fit in with a client’s requirements with smaller or larger line-ups. We also provide music for Cocktail Parties, plus String Quartet or String Trios.  

We perform a wide variety of music styles from light jazz, bossa nova, ballads, to dance music from disco, cha cha, rock’n’roll, swing, samba, rumba and tango, etc. For a Sample list of our repertoire, kindly email or call our office. Please email us at:  rosaliec@pacific.net.hk

More recent events we have performed for include the following:

2007

  • Concert in the Park
  • Po Leung Kuk Fund Raising Ball
  • Rotary Club of Chanel Islands – Grand Hyatt
  • Noble Group – Conrad Hotel                                                      
  • Jardine Group Executive Ball – The HKCEC

2008

  • Professor Arthur Li’s Anniversary Party – The Hong Kong Club
  • Int’l Finance & Insurance Congress – The HKCEC [Convention Centre]
  • BMA -  Grand Hyatt
  • Mr. Raymond Wong’s 30th Anniv. - AIA Champ – Inter-Continental Hotel
  • Rotary Club of Kowloon Golden Mile – Grand Hyatt
  • Pok Oi Hospital Charity Ball
  • Bernice Chen & Lucien Yu’s Wedding – Grand Hyatt

2009

  • Lion’s Club of Kowloon 50th Anniversary – Kowloon Shangri-La
  • Rotary Club Of Kowloon Golden Mile – Kowloon Shangri-La
Our Big Band also played at Disneyland on New Year's Eve 2005 & 2006.

 

About the Carpio Family -

Tony Carpio

Tony is a world-class musician and is equally at home with commercial or jazz music. Originally from the Philippines, his family moved to Hong Kong when he was a teenager and he started his career here.

Tony’s father, Tom Carpio and his brother Fred Carpio used to play tenor banjo and guitar respectively and were also world class musicians. His father didn’t want Tony to be a musician, but took him to all his gigs anyway where he would listen to his father’s Big Band. He eventually picked up his father’s guitar when he was 12 years old.

Tony plays a variety of instruments – electric and acoustic guitar, midi guitar, piano, bass, tenor banjo and flute.

He has a long list of accomplishments:

  • Musical Director for the Asian TVB Song Contest for 5 consecutive years;
  • Musical Director for a recording company;
  • has lectured and given seminars, and jazz workshops;
  • been a judge for numerous Hong Kong music contests;
  • owned a recording studio;
  • has produced several albums;
  • has composed, arranged and conducted for a 34 piece orchestra;
  • has done numerous recordings for various local artists;
  • recorded 4 of his own albums – two with his former group the Corsairs, then “Twelve Delicious Flavours” – a commercial album, “Jazz at the Dickens” featuring his Big Band, and “Just Let It Happen”;
  • has backed up and played for some of the big names in show business including Joe Pass, Joe Lavano, Ernestine Anderson, Howard Roberts, Tony Scott, Ron McClure, Andy Williams, Horace Silver, Hampton Hawes, Billy Eckstine, and Matt Monroe.

His CD “Just Let It Happen” which showcases 12 of Tony’s original compositions, was recorded in Los Angeles, USA. In 2002, the 2nd track on his album “I Dedicate This To You” was chosen by Eddie Sandoval as the theme song for his Jazz radio program on Catalina Island, California.

The Tony rpio’s 8-piece Jazz Band and his Big Band performed on Sunday afternoons at the Dickens Bar of the Excelsior Hotel for almost 18 years. Following that stint, his Big Band performed at JJ’s of the Grand Hyatt Hotel for a series of Latin Ballroom dancing.  

In 2000, Tony’s Jazz Quartet, performed the Sunday Night Jazz at the Captain’s Bar of the Mandarin Hotel for 5 years. Tony’s Quartet consisted of Tony on Guitar, Bass, Saxophone & his wife, Rosalie on Vocals.

Tony is supported by his wife, Rosalie who manages the workshop, organizes the musicians, teaches singing and sings with the band. Their sons, Bernard and Chris are now making their mark as musicians on the local music scene and will carry on the Carpio music heritage that the family is well known for.

See his CD

Rosalie Carpio

Rosalie was born in Melbourne, Australia and landed in Hong Kongafter touring Asia. Rosalie was singing and dancing from an early age and performed on numerous concerts while growing up. Her mother taught music, namely piano accordion and the banjo mandolin, and Rosalie always had her own spot on the Annual Concert of the Victoria Banjo Club in the Melbourne Town Hall.

Upon leaving school her first break came when she joined The Black & White Minstrel Show, which came out to Australia from London and toured the country and also New Zealand for a year and a half. After that, Rosalie had the lead spot in a show that went to Singapore, and when that tour ended, she toured Asia for the following year.

Finally, she landed in Hong Kong with a contract for one month, and has been here ever-since.

Rosalie has performed in the leading ballrooms and function rooms of leading hotels and private clubs in Hong Kong such as the Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons, Inter-Continental Hotel, The Peninsula, The Hong Kong Entertainment & Convention Centre, Aberdeen Marina Club, The Hong Kong Club, The Bank of China Club, Disneyland, Conrad International, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Ritz Carlton, and the list goes on....

She has also entertained in the various outlets of Hong Kong’s Hotels, Yum Sing Bar & The Pavilion of Lee Gardens Hotel, The Ambassador Hotel’s Cellar Bar, Repulse Bay Hotel, the Brewery of the Hong Kong Hotel, Club New World, The Palace Night Club, The Promenade - New World Hotel and The Excelsior Hotel’s Talk of the Town and Dickens Bar, not forgetting the Captain’s Bar of Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Rosalie is an extremely versatile singer, and sings a wide variety of styles due to her extensive background and experience. She can sing a tender and expressive ballad, then belt out the likes of “New York, New York” with ease. She sings in numerous languages ranging from English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, Arabic, Japanese, Tagalog, Portuguese and lastly French.

Rosalie is at home singing Ballads to Disco, from Canto-Pop to Rock’n’Roll, Latin, Swing, Waltz. Rosalie’s first love is Jazz, and is at her best entertaining the audience with her bubbly personality.

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Bernard Carpio

Bernard has been involved in music from a young age and fell in love with the saxophone at the age of 3.  He started playing the flute when he was 12 years old and was greatly influenced by the late Dick Lagrimas, one of Asia’s top alto players. Bernard also grew up listening to his father’s big band and went on to learn the alto and soprano sax. He is now the lead alto in The Tony Carpio Big Band.

In his 2nd year in High School, Bernard’s talent was discovered by the former Head of the Music Dept. Ken Haggarty, and Bernard was immediately invited to join the KJV Jazz Band where he was the featured soloist. The following year he won 2 trophies for the Inter-House Music Competition and also the Outstanding Music Award for four (4) consecutive years. 

Bernard has also performed at various jazz clubs around Asia. When he was 13, he played in Monk’s Dream in Manila, Philippines, at 14, in the Hong Kong Jazz Club, at 15 at Merk’s Bar, Manila, Philippines, and also at 15 was invited to perform for UGO CONTA Int’l JAZZ FESTIVAL with the late Bruno de Filippi (Italian Jazz Harmonica player), then at 16 played at Jazz at South Bridge Jazz Club in Singapore. He’s also performed in Beijing and Bangkok.

His other performances include: 

  • The Macau Jazz Festival - July 2012
  • Big Band wedding function at Cipriani - July 2012
  • Rotary Club of Golden Mile Charity Ball – June 2012
  • Jolie Chan and Marc Rodriguez Wedding Function in Bali - May 2012
  • Amcham Ball – 2011 & 2012
  • Featured at "You Gotta Swing" Big Band concert at City Hall - Jan 2012
  • Performed with 3 DJs in Backstage, Hong Kong for Lufuki Stink - Feb 2012
  • Performed with a DJ at Armani Prive, Hong Kong for Samsung - Dec 2011
  • Danish Chamber of Commerce Ball - Dec 2010 & 2011
  • Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2011 - Featuring Ginger Kwan
  • Grand Hyatt New Years Eve Ball - Dec 2011
  • Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Annual Fund-Raising Ball - Nov 2011
  • Hong Kong Hotels Association Golden Jubilee Gala Dinner - Nov 2011
  • Opening on the Peninsula Hotel Shanghai, China - March 2010
  • Gold Coast Jazz Music Festival, Hong Kong - Nov 2009 & 2010
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel's 20th Anniversary Cocktail Party - Nov 2009
  • Grappa's Spring Music Festival 2008
  • Concert in the Park 2007 - The Tony Carpio Big Band - organised by the Cultural & Leisure Services       Department  and The Philippine Consulate
  • New Years Eve Disneyland 2005 & 2006 - Lead Alto in The Tony Carpio Big Band
  • And many, many more
Bernard is well experienced in all styles of music and is currently performing 6 nights a week in Grand Hyatt’s Tiffin Lounge.

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Chris Carpio

Chris began playing the piano when he was 8 years old and he grew up listening to his father's Big Band and was exposed to all styles of music. His father, Tony Carpio taught him rhythm and jazz from an early age.

In high school, Chris joined the KGV Jazz Band but was reluctant to join the School Orchestra, however after much persuasion from the former Head of Music, Ken Haggarty, he joined the Percussion Section, and later in 2006, this led to him being featured in the ESF Orchestra with a solo on his Clavitar (keyboard instrument) for the Theme Song for "Mission Impossible" when they performed in City Hall. That same year, he was nominated for Musician of the Year. In 2007, he was awarded the School Music Prize.

Chris also formed his own rock band, Illegal Immigrants for 5 years. In 2007 & 2008, his band won the Warehouse Teenage Band Competition, and in 2007, he won the Best Keyboardist in the whole competition.

Outside of school, Chris performed regularly with his parents, Tony and Rosalie Carpio who are both an integral part of the local music scene, at private functions and at their regular jazz gig at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Chris has also performed at various jazz clubs around Asia. When he was 11, he played in Monk's Dream in Manila, Philippines, at 12, in the Hong Kong Jazz Club, at 13 at Merk's Bar, Manila, Philippines, and also at 13 was invited to perform for UGO CONTA Int'l JAZZ FESTIVAL with Bruno de Filippi (Jazz Harmonica player), then at 15 played at Jazz at South Bridge Jazz Club in Singapore. He's also performed in Beijing and Bangkok.

His other performances include: Disneyland's Count-Down Party in 2005 & 2006 with the Tony Carpio Big Band; The Concert in the Park 2007 [organised by the Cultural & Leisure Services Department and The Philippine Consulate]; The Spring Music Festival 2008 at The Cellar; Gold Coast Music Festival 2009 & 2010; Grand Hyatt Hotel's 20th Anniversary Cocktail Party in 2009; Lifeline Express Charity Ball 2009; a Piano Solo for "Noblesse Oblige 2009", to name but a few.

Chris is currently working at the Grand Hyatt's Tiffin Lounge with his brother, saxophonist, Bernard Carpio for the past 3 years, where they are entertaining audiences six nights a week. He also teaches jazz and pop piano during the week, teaching kids and adults alike, and if you are interested in having lessons, please visit our Contact Us page or contact Chris directly at chriscarpio1@gmail.com.

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