We had our first SPIL concert since the pandemic last month, it was a blast! Thank you everyone who came to the concert and streaming over the cloud! We’d received warm welcome and messages from local as well as international audience. It’s great to see and hear from you! Here we are again with our November lab! SPIL 062 is taking place on Saturday, 27 November 2021 at The Percussion Store. This month, we will feature five musicians and a dancer. Come meet Azmyl Yunor & the Truly Asia (bass/drums/guitar/vocals), Ong May Yi (ruan), Scarlet Gouk (saxophone) and Tan Bee Hung (dance)! Please mark your calendar and join us for an exploration with music and dance!

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Time: Door opens at 8PM
Venue: The Percussion Store, No. 6, 2nd floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Admission: RM30
Tickets Booking: 019 770 2498
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/FdRtPNPQ
Online streaming link: To Be Announced.

Design: Aixin Choo

* Seating arrangement at the concert will be adhering to the current Covid-19 SOPs.
* Only fully vaccinated individuals.
* We strongly recommend you to call and book for a seat.

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*Funded by the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education 2021 of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut and other partners. goethe.de/relieffund

Founded in May 2014, SERIOUS PLAY IMPROV LAB (SPIL) is a monthly music series of KLEX Festival. It is an art laboratory focusing on music experimentation and improvisation. SPIL provides a platform for musicians from various backgrounds to collaborate and present a new collective expression through improvisation. Over the years, many local and international artists have initiated experimentations and collaborated in the SPIL series, nurturing the experimental and improvised music scene in the region.


Azmyl & the Truly Asia is the stage moniker of the power trio behind singer-songwriter-guitarist Azmyl Yunor’s latest album ‘John Bangi Blues’ (2020) which features drummer Ammar Khairi (from Vega) and bassist Kristopher Chong (from Salammusik). The bi-lingual 10-track album – described by New Musical Express (NME) as sounding like “a bastardised marriage between Muddy Waters and the Sex Pistols” – was recorded live in the studio in three hours in 2019. It features Azmyl’s most biting social commentary on Malaysia’s cultural politics set to Ammar’s and Krist’s tight melodic rhythms.
Listen to the album here: https://azmyl.bandcamp.com

Malaysian Ruan musician, ONG May Yi graduated from the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, where she majored in Ruan Performance, under the tutelage of Professor Wei Wei. Ong is actively involved in Ruan education and awareness throughout Malaysia. As an effort to develop and promote Ruan music, Ong has joined forces with fellow Ruan musicians across Malaysia and has organised the ‘Four Dialogues With The Ruan’ concert series and also the recently formed ‘Malaysia Homy Ruan Ensemble’. In 2009, Ong began venturing into contemporary music, and was a guest performer for the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival with the German chamber group Ensemble Mosaik, debuting the world premier of Ruan and Strings quintet piece ‘Cursive’. Since then, Ong has been collaborating with different Eastern and Western music and cultures and often participates in live stage performances. She is keen to use Ruan to collide with other music cultures, and use the sound of Ruan to touch people’s heart. Using different approaches to spread and promote Chinese music in Malaysia.

Scarlet GOUK graduated with her Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at The Eastman School of Music. She currently serves as the Saxophone Lecturer at University College Fairview, Malaysia. She is the Artist in Residence of the Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers Recently, she premiered new Malaysians’ work with Dr. Poom Prommachart. Some of her competition accolades include 1st Prize – Asia Pacific Saxophone Competition, THA; 2nd Prize – MTNA, New York, Young Artist Competition.

TAN Bee Hung holds a Master of Dance (with Distinction), graduated from Universiti Malaya. She is active in the local and international dance scenes, have performed locally in Tari, MyDance Festival, Le French Arts Festival, SounDance by RAW Arts Space, and many of the performances held by Kwang Tung Dance Company; also internationally in Dancing in Asia (Indonesia), Festival Tokyo 2016 (Japan), Goyang International Dance Festival (Korea), the 5th no ballet International Choreography Competition (Germany), Guangdong Modern Dance Festival (Guangzhou, China), CONTACT: A Week of Dance (Singapore). A firm believer that human are natural movers. Bee Hung is currently a dancer, choreographer, Pilates and dance instructor.

* This event is funded by the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education 2021 of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut and other partners. goethe.de/relieffund