Time flies, it’s mid-year already! SPIL’s long time collaborator The Percussion Store has embarked on a new phase, it has a new location in Kota Damansara! June SPIL 076 will be taking place at this new venue. Congrats! We’d like to give a warm home coming welcome to local composers/musicians Yii Kah Hoe (dizi/xiao) and Chin Hong-Da (chinese flutes) from the US; and bringing along a new friend originally from Hawaii, saxophonist Rogan Tinsley! Also on the bill are vocalists Kok Siew-Wai and Loke Xiaoyun, and saxophonist Yong Yandsen. Come check out the concert and meet us at the new venue!
Date: 16th June, 2023 (Fri)
Time: Door opens @ 8pm
Venue: The Percussion Store
Add: LG Floor A-01-03 Dataran Cascades, No. 13A, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, PJU5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Admission by donation: RM30
For Reservation, WhatsApp: 012 919 8031
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/997285745019881/
* 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.
Malaysian composer Hong-Da Chin’s music has been performed by the No Exit New Music Ensemble, Bent Frequency, Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo, Patchwork, among others. Besides composing, Chin is a Chinese flutist and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Chin is faculty of Theory and Music Composition at Western Illinois University and a member of the ADJ•ective Composers’ Collective and the Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers. Website: hongdachin.com
Kok Siew-Wai started out as a video artist, now active as an improvised vocalist 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.
Rogan Tinsley is a Native Hawaiian composer, musicologist and jazz saxophonist. He was born and raised in Northern Idaho, where he was trained in bluegrass fiddle. Today, Rogan lives in Pullman Washington where he attends Washington State University and studies composition. Rogan specializes in instrument making, with particular emphasis on the use of natural materials. In his spare time, Rogan enjoys painting and playing with his band “Vika.”
Yii Kah Hoe is a Malaysian composer and Chinese dizi and xiao improviser. Yii has been recognized as one of the major voices among Southeast Asian composers of his generation. His music has been widely performed in Asia, America, and Europe. Yii won the National Outstanding Educator Award 2018 presented by the Private Education Cooperative of Malaysia. In the fall of 2015, and in the spring of 2023, he was the Scripps College Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor at Scripps College in Claremont. Yii was a Fullbright Scholar in Residence from August 2022 to June 2023 while working as a composition professor at Washington State University. He was the festival director of Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival 2009, the festival director of SoundBridge festival (2013, 2015), the president of Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers (2014 – 2016) and a senior lecturer at SEGi College Subang Jaya, Malaysia since 2000.
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.