We would like to welcome Aris Huzaimi (percussion) who joins SPIL lab for the first time in our June lab! Also on the bill are musicians Charlotte Leng (vocals), Ho Kah Kean (harmonica), John T.R. Long (saxophones) and Loke Xiaoyun (vocals). See you at The Percussion Store next Saturday, 25 June!
Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022
Time: Door opens at 8PM
Venue: The Percussion Store, No. 6, 2nd floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tickets Booking: 016 964 6903
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/1SLS8SbbM
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.
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:
Aris Huzaimi began to show interest in contemporary and new music after attending a workshop conducted by “Ensemble Inverspace”. He started to see the art of the craft in a new light thanks to clarinetist and audio designer Robert Torche, who opened his mind to look at contemporary and new music from various standpoints. Aris was also heavily influenced by his percussion teacher Max Riefer who introduced him to important musical works and composers in the field. Since the start of his career, Aris has worked and collaborated with esteemed groups and artists including Bernhard Wulff, Freiburg Percussion Ensemble, Dennis Kuhn, Mannheimer Schlagwerk, Iskandar Rashid, Singapore Wind Symphony Percussion Ensemble, Johannes Fischer, Lubeck Percussion Ensemble, and many more. In addition, Aris has played and premiered a number of works by prolific composers such as John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Yoshihisa Taira, Peter Edwards, Tazul Tajuddin and others.
Originally from the UK, Charlotte Leng studied Music at Goldsmiths College, London. As a classically-trained musician, she has performed as a piano accompanist and as a violist in various chamber ensembles, orchestras and session recordings for bands. She has also collaborated on community theatre projects as both an actor and musician at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and curated world music events. In more recent years, Charlotte began pursuing Dalcroze training, where musicianship is explored and developed by experiencing music through the body. At the heart of this is the process of improvisation and experimentation, through voice, instruments and movement. This has led to regular forays into experimental music, extended vocal and instrumental techniques and free improvisation as well as the exploration of ways to combine ideas from multiple artistic disciplines.
Born in 1999, Ho Kah Kean is a harmonicist graduated from Malaysian Institute of Art and currently member of The HummingWay Harmonica Ensemble. He won several awards from International Harmonica Competitions such as World Harmonica Festival (Trossingen, Germany), Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival (Taiwan) & Seoul International Harmonica Festival (Seoul). As an emerging composer, he wrote his first composition for Harmonica Quartet – “Selamat Malam, Chew Jeti” in year 2019.
John T.R. Long is a highly experienced performer, composer/arranger, and educator. As a performer he has played in many venues around the world including the Royal Albert Hall, Tokyo Dome and Carnegie Hall. As an educator he has led many youth bands and ensembles with great success: an impressive number of his individual students have gone on to study at the most prestigious colleges of music leading to successful musical careers of their own. John is British born but has been a resident of Malaysia for many years, currently residing in Kuala Lumpur. Some of John’s recent projects include arranging and performing on Zahid Ahmad’s Tuk Tak album and also performing in the horn section for Edd Rahze on his Soul Sisters concert series. John has just completed working with SIEL on their forthcoming album.
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.