Originally from Beijing, Cecilia Jiayue Wu (AKA: Xiao Ci) is a music director, composer, vocalist, arranger, and improviser as well as an audio engineer. Cecilia earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Fashion Design and Engineering in 2000. Upon winning the MTV Asian Beat amateur band contest with her band, Universal Music identified her talent and signed her as a music producer and songwriter in Hong Kong. Her professional career continued with EMI Music. A frequent commuter between Beijing and Hong Kong ever since, Cecilia has been involved in virtually every aspect of music production from songwriting and studio engineering to talent identification, licensing and management.
During her years in the music industry, Cecilia wrote 70 songs for many popular artists in the Greater China Area. She produced and released her first album of original music, Clean Your Heart, in 2010 which was published by Taihe Rye Music. Cecilia's music has been performed in China, Southeastern Asia, the United States and Europe.
Currently, Cecilia is a second year master's student in the Music, Science and Technology program at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University where she focuses on computer-generated music, computer-assisted composition and audio engineering. Cecilia also serves as a researcher and international coordinator at the Shangri-La Folk Music Preservation Association. As a musician, she received an award from the California State Assembly for her contributions as a positive role model in sharing Chinese culture.
Having practiced Buddhist meditation for eleven years, Cecilia is dedicated to spiritual electronic music composition, multimedia arts and 3D sound installations. She attempts to seek out new ways for humanity and technology to interact artistically as well as to share the wisdom of Buddhism with a new generation by means of music and arts.