April is here! Leading towards the local festive season, SPIL is back with a line-up of dedicated KL-based local musicians Ong Mayyi (zhong ruan), Richard Allan Bates (double bass), Yong Yandsen (tenor sax) and Topman Chong (tuba) who joins the SPIL series for the first time! Come check it out! See you at The Saxophone Store this Friday!
Date: 14th April 2023 (Fri)
Time: Door opens @ 8pm
Venue: The Saxophone Store
Add: No. 6, 4th floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Admission by donation: RM30
For Reservation, WhatsApp: 012 919 8031
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/M2cB3oQy
* 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.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Malaysian Ruan musician, Ong May Yi graduated from the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, where she majored in Ruan Performance, under the tutelage of Professor Wei Wei. Ong is actively involved in Ruan education and awareness throughout Malaysia. As an effort to develop and promote Ruan music, Ong has joined forces with fellow Ruan musicians across Malaysia and has organised the ‘Four Dialogues With The Ruan’ concert series and also the recently formed ‘Malaysia Homy Ruan Ensemble’. In 2009, Ong began venturing into contemporary music, and was a guest performer for the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival with the German chamber group Ensemble Mosaik, debuting the world premier of Ruan and Strings quintet piece ‘Cursive’. Since then, Ong has been collaborating with different Eastern and Western music and cultures and often participates in live stage performances. She is keen to use Ruan to collide with other music cultures, and use the sound of Ruan to touch people’s heart. Using different approaches to spread and promote Chinese music in Malaysia.
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.
Topman Chong is a musician and music technician in Malaysia, with over a decade of experience in the music industry. He started playing the tuba since secondary school. Topman is one of the founding members of the Axon Brass. He is also a member of Klpac Band and Klpac Orchestra, two highly respected music groups in Malaysia. In addition to his work as a musician, Topman is also the owner of Chong B&o Services, a highly respected wind instruments repair and maintenance business. With over 10 years of experience in the field, he has developed a reputation as one of the most skilled and knowledgeable music technicians in the industry.
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.