Ready for your year-end parties? Come to our December lab at the Percussion Store next weekend! SPIL 063 is happening on Saturday, 18 December 2021 at The Percussion Store. Here’s the line-up for this month: Chia Cheng Kok (percussion), Euseng Seto aka flica (electronics), Loke Xiaoyun (vocals), Phang JianHao (handpan), Syed H Daniel (saxophone). Mark your calendar and see you next there! Let’s have a musical farewell to 2021!
Date: Saturday, 18 December 2021
Time: Door opens at 8PM
Venue: The Percussion Store, No. 6, 2nd floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tickets Booking: 019 770 2498
Online streaming link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5t-sK8figA
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.
*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, enriching the experimental and improvised music scene in the region.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Currently working as a percussionist/ timpanist in the National Symphony Orchestra based in Istana Budaya, Malaysia, CHIA Cheng Kok is also music educator of various school and university orchestras. As an active percussionist, Chia has either performed or conducted in the Winter Guard International Competition, Japan International Orchestra Music Festival, Jiayi City International Music Festival (Taiwan) and also played with the Asian China Youth Symphony Orchestra in Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra and many prominent local orchestras and bands. Chia was recently invited as soloist in a double percussion concerto year of dragon with Professional Cultural Chinese Orchestra.
Euseng Seto, as flica, emerging from the developing electronica scene of Kuala Lumpur back in 2007. Flica has since released a commendable body of work which had garnered the interest of listeners from outside the insular scene. Debut album Windwane & Window is capricious, twee electronica, one that gained him recognition outside of the country and resulted in the release of sophomore Nocturnal via Tokyo label Schole Records. By third album Telepathy Dreams, flica has shed the saccharine sentimentality of his previous two records in favour of sombre atmospherics – effectively making him a mainstay in the ambient scene. It was during the tour in China and Japan that his sonic journey continued; collaborating with bassist Kent Lee, flica applied improvisational live looping in his performances that then helped him develop a new direction to sounds and ideas. His fifth album sub:side, also fittingly marking his 10th anniversary as an artiste, the album favours a more lo-fi and minimal approach to ambient that seamlessly mixed the oriental with the experimental without sounding overwrought.
LOKE Xiaoyun sings, and plays the piano, the flute, and the Sape. She also has deep interest in different aspects of music and was involved in different academic research projects in music education, music sociology and ethnomusicology. Trained as a classical musician, Xiaoyun first dipped her toes in atonal vocal improvisation when she was a member of Merle Noir. She also draws inspiration from nuances in different ethnic singing styles. Xiaoyun enjoys working with different artists from disciplines, such as dance and visual works. One of her collaborative works was a multi disciplinary project with Seni Tiga #8: Foundry. She also contributed to KLEX Nusasonic Radio Episode #1: So Far So Good in 2020. Apart from performing, Xiaoyun is a music educator with students from different age groups and currently in training to be a Dalcroze Eurhythmics certified instructor.
Born in Kuala Lumpur in 1995, PHANG JianHao started his full time career in performing arts at the age of 21 when he was recruited as a full- time percussionist by Hand Percussion Team Malaysia. Joining the group has allowed JianHao to learn different percussion instruments, including Malay Gendang, snare drum solo percussion, Djembe, and Gamelan. JianHao self-taught learning to play the handpan. He wrote his first song “Satu” during the intense lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic. The lyrics of the song was written by his teacher Bernard Goh and local singer Zam Zuriah. Jian Hao has created many short musical pieces and shared them on his personal social media.
Syed H Daniel is a Malaysian saxophonist living his youthful life in Kuala Lumpur. Playful yet professional, his melodic style reflects his love towards jazz and he also write and compose songs for his band, Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang. He has also been a member of several other bands such as Pharaohs of Neptune, and as a sessionist for Malaysian artists such as Ayda Jebat, Aina Abdul, Drama Band, Mark Adam, Lah Ahmad and many more. Syed has performed in the prestigious musical event, Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) for Ernie Zakri. Having a broad experience in the music industry, Syed has founded OJKustik Entertainment, an agency that provides performance services for musicians to perform in various musical platforms throughout Malaysia.
* 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