We took a break in September as our tiny organizing team got involved in various individual art projects. It was indeed a hectic time. But we’re back! SPIL 070 will present you an exciting line-up with the PEPS – Percussion Ensemble Percussion Store, saxophonists Low Chee Meng and Ping Wei, and vocal improvisers Loke XiaoYun and Kok Siew-Wai. Mark your calendar! See you next Friday (7 Oct) at The Percussion Store!
Date: 7 October 2022 (Fri)
Time: Door opens @ 8pm
Venue: The Percussion Store
Add: No. 6, 2nd floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
For Reservation, WhatsApp: 012 919 8031
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/2arSi2GW0
* Only fully vaccinated individuals.
This concert is co-sponsored by LP Instrument and JS Music.
Design: Aixin Choo
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:
PEPS – Percussion Ensemble Percussion Store with the supporting by Percussion Store, PEPS wishes to introduce more variety of percussion instrument and percussion ensemble repertoire to the public, especially schools, university etc. PEPS include lots of young musician to let the members have more opportunities to perform together, work together with professional orchestra, lecturer, professional percussionist in the ensemble. Project involvements: 2015 – Champion in Winter Guard International (WGI) in international Open Categories and National Open categories in Malaysia; 2017 – Champion in Winter Guard International (WGI) in international Open Categories and National Open categories in Malaysia; 2022 – Awakening Concert at RexKL collaboration with Batteryheadz and Psxcussix circus group of Malaysia.
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.
Low Chee Meng enjoys a diverse career as a conductor, educator, administrator, and performing on saxophone as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. Chee Meng is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Wind Orchestra at the University of Lethbridge, where he conducts the Wind Orchestra, teaches saxophone performance, conducting and musicianship skills. He is also involved with the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, U of L Faculty Wind Sextet, and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and guest conduct in North America, Europe and Asia.
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.