Imee Ooi

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Imee Ooi
Native name Huáng Huìyīn (黃慧音)
Born Taiping, Perak, Malaysia[1]
Genres Buddhist music
Occupation(s) Composer, record producer, singer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1999–present
Labels I.M.M. Musicworks
Associated acts Ho Lin Huay
Website immmusic.com/index.html

Imee Ooi (/ˈm ˈw/ EE-mee WOO-ee; Ch: 黃慧音, pinyin: Huáng Huìyīn) is a Chinese-Malaysian record producer, composer, and singer who composes and arranges music for classic Buddhist chant, mantra, and dharani. She performs her compositions in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and Mandarin. In 1997 she founded a record label, I.M.M. Musicworks, to publish her music. To date, she has released more than 40 albums.

Ooi also composed and directed three highly acclaimed stage musicals: Siddhartha, Above Full Moon, and Princess Wen Cheng (aka Jewel of Tibet).

Biography[edit]

Ooi was born in Taiping, Malaysia to a musically-inclined Hoklo family. Her grandfather, who was a writer and dramatist, emigrated to Malaysia from Guangdong, China. Ooi's mother was a piano teacher; Imee and her four siblings all learned piano.[2] Ooi continued her study of piano and trained as a classical pianist.

Ooi's Hokkien Chinese name is Huáng Huìyīn (黃慧音), which is pronounced "Ooi Hooi Imm".[needs Hokkien IPA]

Filmography[edit]

Musicals[edit]

Year Title Notes
1999[3][4] Siddhartha (or 'Prince Siddhartha') Music producer, arranger, composer, music director[5][6]
2004[7][3] Above Full Moon Composer, music director[6]
2005–2006[3] The Perfect Circle Composer, music director[6][8][9]
2007[10] The Perfect Circle II Composer, music director
2008[11][3] Princess Wen Cheng (alternative title: Jewel of Tibet) Composer, music director[12][6]
2010[13] KITA Composer, music director, music arranger[14]
2013[15] The Perfect Circle III: Earth Epilogue – The Call Out of Naimisayana Composer, music director, arranger[15]

Discography[edit]

All songs composed, produced, and performed by Imee Ooi unless otherwise indicated.

Solo albums[edit]

Title Language(s) Year of release Catalog number
The Chant of Metta Pali, English 1999 IMM 1000
The Chant of Metta Pali, Mandarin 1999 IMM 1000C
Jayamangalagatha Pali 1999 IMM 1001
Heart Sutra Mandarin 1999 IMM 1002
Nilakantha Dharani [The Great Compassionate Mantra] Sanskrit 2000 IMM 1003
The Great Mercy Mantra (alt. The Great Compassionate Mantra) Tibetan 2000 IMM 1004
Om Mani Padme Hum Tibetan 2001 IMM 1023
The Guan Yin Mantra Mandarin 2002 IMM 1008
Ratana Sutta Pali, English 2003 IMM 1010
Mantras of the Sanskrit[16] (alt. Mantras in Sanskrit)[17] Sanskrit 2003 IMM 1011
Heart Sutra Cantonese 2003 IMM 1012
Mantra of the Green Tara Tibetan 2003 IMM 1013
Tisarana Pali 2004 IMM 1014
Namo Amitabha Mandarin 2004 IMM 1017
The Diamond Sutra: Vijracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra Mandarin 2005 IMM 1018
The Wisdom of Manjusri Bodhisattva Sanskrit 2005 IMM 1019
Medicine Buddha Dharani[18] Sanskrit 2005 IMM 1020
Arya Ekadasa: Mukha Dharani Sanskrit 2006 IMM 1021
The Series of Ten Short Mantras, Volume 1 Sanskrit 2006 IMM 1022
Karaniya Metta Sutta Pali 2007 IMM 1024
The Series of Ten Short Mantras, Volume 2 Sanskrit 2007 IMM 1025
The Mantra of Guru Rinpoche Tibetan 2007 IMM 1026
The Series of Ten Short Mantras, Volume 3 Sanskrit 2007 IMM 1027
The Series of Ten Short Mantras, Volume 4 Sanskrit 2008 IMM 1028
Chants from Heart to Heart: The Heart of Prajna Paramita and Hannya Shingyo Pali 2008 IMM 1030
Ksitigarbha: Mantra of the Earth Store Sanskrit 2008 IMM 1031
Message in Music, Volume 1 ? 2008 IMM 2000
Sakyamuni Buddha Mantra ? 2009 IMM 1032
Message in Music, Volume 2 ? 2009 IMM 2001
Heart of Repentance ? 2009 IMM 1033
Hymns of the Pureland ? 2009 IMM 1034
The Shore Beyond: Prajna Paramaita Hrdaya Sutram Sanskrit 2009 IMM 1035
Universal Door Chapter: The Lotus Sutra ? 2009 IMM 1036
The Mantra of Vajrasattva: Om Benza Sato Hum ? 2009 IMM 1037
Message in Music, Volume 3 ? 2009 IMM 2002
Shurangama Mantra ? 2009 IMM 1039
Maitreya: The Buddha of Loving-Kindness ? 2011 IMM 1041
The Sounds of Protection (alt. Mantras in Tibetan) Tibetan 2011 IMM 1042
Message in Music, Volume 4 ? 2012 IMM 2003

Soundtracks[edit]

Year of Release Released Title(s) Date of Release (if applicable) Notes
2002 Siddhartha: The Musical[5] May 2002[5] in Mandarin, 2 CD'S[5]
2004 Above Full Moon The Musical[19] N/A 2004 version
2009 Siddhartha: The Musical[19] N/A 10th Anniversary Special Edition, 2009 version
2010 KITA The Musical[20] June 2010 Limited (did not have a widespread distribution)[20]
2011 Princess Wen Cheng: The Musical'[19] N/A 2011 version[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "宇宙就是佛樂的殿堂—訪馬來西亞佛教音樂人黃慧音--學佛網". Big5.xuefo.net. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "'宇宙就是佛樂的殿堂—訪馬來西亞佛教音樂人黃慧音', 作者:莲觉. 日期: 6 September 2011 (2011年第4期). 《净土》杂志.". Sukhavati.blog.163.com (in Chinese). 6 September 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Soaring scores". Ecentral.my. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Yoke, Yip (13 May 2009). "Archives | The Star Online". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Products (CDs, Tapes) – Siddhartha The Musical (in Mandarin)". Alyta.com. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Creative Team – Imee Ooi 黃慧音". Asia Musical Productions. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "(Timeline) – 2004: 'Above Full Moon the Musical' Original Cast – Lead Actress – Kuala Lumpur & Singapore". Paulway Chew. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "THE PERFECT CIRCLE 2013 – EARTH EPILOGUE (Musical) (12th – 21st Apr)". KLPAC. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  9. ^ May, Sarah (4 April 2013). "THE PERFECT CIRCLE 2013 EARTH EPILOGUE in KL, MALAYSIA, posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013". Sarahlow.net. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lending voice to Mother Nature". Fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jewel of the Tibet, The musical, posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008". Violetvoon.info. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "(Timeline) – 2008: 'Jewel of Tibet the Musical' (Princess Wen Cheng) Original Cast – Leading Role – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia". Paulway Chew. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "'Chinese musical Princess Wen Cheng takes centrestage again', written by (author unknown). Posted on September 8, 2012 (Saturday). Published by The Star". Thestar.com.my. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "'Akademi Fantasia 7's versatile champion will add musical theatre to his list of accomplishments when Kita opens next month', writes Dennis Chua – New Straits Times – Published on 23rd of May, 2010". Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "The Perfect Circle 3 : Earth Epilogue". 3.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mantras of the Sanskrit". I.M.M. Musicworks. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mantras in Sanskrit". iTunes Store. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Medicine Buddha Dharani". I.M.M. Musicworks. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Shopping – Soundtrack". Asia Musical Productions. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Hafiz.AF7 Official Fan Club (18 June 2010). "'Hafiz @ KITA The Musical Opening Show' (Post in Malay language). Posted on June 18, 2010 (Friday). Published by Hafiz.AF7 Official Fan Club". Hafizfc.blogspot.com. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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