July’s SPIL 077 features local musicians Alvin Seah (electronics), Loke Xiaoyun (vocals), Marvin (french horn), Richard Allan Bates (double bass), Yii Yao (violin) and Yong Yandsen (saxophone). Check it out!
Date: 14th July, 2023 (Fri)
Time: Door opens @ 8pm
Venue: The Percussion Store
Add: A-01-03 LG Floor Dataran Cascades, No. 13A, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Admission by donation: RM30
For Reservation, WhatsApp: 012 919 8031
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/Nu2DYa4f
* 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:
Alvin Seah is a Malaysian audio/ visual artist. He established ANGQASA as a means to bring together ambient and experimental guitar and electronics together with a variety of visual narratives, from film events to creative digital art. Alvin has a background in visual media and with a primary focus on electronic sounds, he utilizes the guitar as a means to trigger an expanded audio / visual environment. Through ANGQASA, Alvin has played with numerous Malaysian musicians at a number of events and festivals such as Kaleidoscope Japan (JFKL), Seni Tiga Lab (KongsiKL), Immersio Mengukir Festival, Terminal One, Bandarah and Aerial Open Stage (Singapore).
Marvin found his passion in horn playing in 2015 when he first entered a school wind orchestra, and has taken this hobby seriously from 2019 under the guidance of James Schumacher and Grzegorz Curyla.
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.
Richard Allan Bates is a Malaysia-based double bass player. British, he was born in Hong Kong has also lived in the UK, Cambodia and the Philippines. Richard has played in a number of musical projects and collaborations. Rooted in free jazz and improv, his playing is focused on structured and unstructured free improvisation. Richard is a co-founder of Khatulistiwa, a recording and event space in Kuala Lumpur’s art district with a label focused on releasing music by and with Malaysian artists.
Yii Yao started her violin journey back when she was 5 years old. She began lessons with Mr Lee See Guon from 2007-2014. And currently study violin under Mr Brian Larson (Canada) since 2014. Yao has passed her grade 8 violin exam back in 2020, and has participated in several international music competitions with gold awards. She is currently studying for a diploma in music performance majoring violin in SEGi college. She recently had a charity performance under Heart Symphony. Meanwhile, Yii Yao is preparing for her upcoming competition and also having her graduation solo recital soon in 2023.
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 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.