Hello friends! November SPIL is coming up one week after our general election! No matter what the outcome is, we shall meet for a better future with interesting music! We’re very happy to welcome our dear friend Max Riefer (percussion) back in town this month! Also joining the lab are Aris Huzaimi (percussion), Richard Allan Bates (guitar/bass) and Yong Yandsen (saxophone). Mark you calendar and see you on 26 November at The Percussion Store!
Date: 26 November 2022 (Sat)
Time: Door opens @ 8pm
Venue: The Percussion Store
Add: No. 6, 2nd floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Admission: RM30
For Reservation, WhatsApp: 012 919 8031
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/3KbYLQ9Ms
* Only fully vaccinated individuals.
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.
Aris Huzaimi is a passionate musician, educator, and performer. He has been in the industry since 2014 and performed on numerous projects and festivals, both local and international. He has collaborated with a lot of professional musicians, groups, institutions, and organizations such as Bernhard Wulff, Max Riefer, Freiburg Percussion Ensemble, Mannheimer Schlagwerk, and many more. In 2017 Aris started to join the music education industry for young children and teenagers as a one-to-one drums teacher. He helps them to get the best results on their music examinations so they can pursue their talent in music performance.
Maximilian Riefer, Director of the new music ensemble at the Music University Lübeck, is a German percussionist and conductor. From 2015 to 2020, he served as Director of Percussion Studies at the Universiti Teknologi Mara Faculty of Music/ Malaysia and at the same time as coach for the new music ensemble at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Singapore. He further is the 2nd Conductor of the Jakarta Modern Ensemble. Based on these experiences, his artistic focus lies on contemporary music in Southeast Asia. Furthermore, he puts an emphasis on improvisation and the search for new modes of practice and production Performances as soloist and chamber musician at international festivals like MaerzMusik (Berlin), Tokyo Experimental Festival, Vienna Modern, soundbridge (Malaysia), two days and two nights of new music (Ukraine), Gongs&Skins (Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar) or SIP Fest (Indonesia). Collaborations with Ensemble Modern (Germany), Percussionists Steven Schick and Johannes Fischer, Flutist Robert Aitken and Violoncellist Julian Steckel. Guest lecturer at the Birmingham Conservatoire (UK); Conservatory of Music Lugano (Switzerland); Tokyo Ongaku Daigaku (Japan); Mannheim University of Music (Germany), Mahidol College of Music (Thailand) and other schools in Europe and Asia. He studied at the Freiburg Music University with Prof. Bernhard Wulff and Prof. Taijiro Miyazaki and at the Toho Gakuen Orchestra Academy (Japan) with Prof. Yoshiyuki Tsukada and Prof. Kyoichi Sano.
Richard Allan Bates plays guitar, bass and electronics. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he’s also lived in the UK, Cambodia and the Philippines, and now resides in Malaysia. Richard has played in a number of musical projects and collaborations, bridging a range of genres from jazz to electronics to psych-rock. Rooted in free jazz and improv, he takes a mosaic approach to music with a focus on playing both structured and unstructured free improvisation.
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, Hungry Ghosts, with European musicians Christian Meaas Svendsen and Paal Nilssen-Love and have done several tours in Asia and Europe. 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.