Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! What’s better than friends from the neighbouring country coming to town to welcome spring? Come meet Dharma (guitar) and Darren Moore (drums) from Singapore at SPIL 066 next Friday! Also featuring Chia Cheng Kok (percussion), Loke Xiaoyun (vocals), Kok Siew-Wai (vocals), Ping Wei (saxophone) and Yong Yandsen (tenor sax). Mark your calendar and see you next at The Percussion Store next week!
Friday, 13 May 2022
Door opens at 8PM
The Percussion Store, No. 6, 2nd floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
016 964 6903
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/3dMkD2Soa
* 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.
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.
Darren Moore is a drummer, electronic musician and educator working in the fields of jazz, experimental music and multimedia. He is active in Asia collaborating in projects with musicians from South East Asia, Japan, Australia and Europe. He is based in Singapore where he co-runs experimental music label LaoBan Records and works at Lasalle College of the Arts as a Lecturer in Popular Music.
is the guitarist from Singapore avant-rock band The Observatory and also presents his work as a solo improvisor and in different configurations with other improvisors. Having toured Europe and Asia, Dharma has collaborated with improvisors from around the region. His latest release being Portal, recorded with George Chua. The approach to his playing incorporates extended techniques with various preparations and effects, resulting in percussive and textural sonics that go beyond what one would expect of the instrument. https://dharma13.bandcamp.com/
From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kok Siew-Wai started out as a video artist, now active as a vocal improviser and artist-curator/organizer. She has shown her videos, curatorial video programmes and performed in Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada and USA, including allEars Improvised Music Festival (Norway), Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), CTM Festival (Germany), Hanoi New Music Festival (Vietnam), Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, Nusasonic (Indonesia) amongst others. Siew-Wai is interested in improvisation and the exploration of expressions with the human voice.
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.
Ping Wei is a Malaysian saxophonist who performs experimental music. He has learnt to play the saxophone at a young age and has since been involving in different projects, including Birdian Saxophone Quartet, Klpac Symphonic Band and Klpac Orchestra. In 2007, Ping Wei performed as a guest player for the University of Malaya Orchestra in a royal concert in honour of His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah. Since 2017, he has become interested in experimental music and played in festivals such as KLEX Festival and Dao Xuan Chin International Arts Festival. In 2020, Ping Wei and Yong Yandsen released a saxophone duo album “PangGong”, with an attempt “to bring out the unexpected and unusual sounds of the saxophones by redefining the conventional understanding of musical rhythms and melodies”. He is currently running The Saxophone Store (TSS), a music venue for free jazz and experimental music in Kuala Lumpur.
Yong Yandsen is a free jazz and improvised saxophonist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yandsen has released albums through XingWu and Herbal Records in Malaysia, Utech Records (USA), Dream Sheep (Italy), and his solo debut on vinyl through Doubtful Sound (France). He has played at allEars Improvised Music Festival (Norway), Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), Mosaic Music Festival (Singapore), amongst others. Yandsen, together with Darren Moore and Brian O’Reily, form the improvised trio called Game of Patience. They have toured to Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. In 2018, he joined another trio with Christian Meaas Svendsen and Paal Nilssen-Love. Yandsen has also done several solo tours to Japan and Taiwan. He is the co-founder of a Malaysian record label, LaoBan Records, focusing on releasing contemporary improvised music.