September’s SPIL 079 features KL-based musicians Chen Lau (trumpet), Lee Si Yuan (percussion), Richard Allan Bates (double bass), Topman Chong (tuba) and a special act from the House Band! See you there!

Date: 22nd September, 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
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* Only fully vaccinated individuals.

Design: Aixin Choo

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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.


Chen Lau’s journey in the world of music has been marked by his extraordinary talent as a trumpet player and his unwavering dedication to enriching the world through his artistry. Beyond his virtuoso performances, Chen Lau is renowned as the founder of the AXON BRASS ENSEMBLE, an inspiring musical venture, and as a dedicated music educator actively engaged in teaching and community wind band performances. This ensemble quickly gained recognition for its innovative performances, blending classical and contemporary styles with a touch in Jazz improvising. The AXON BRASS ENSEMBLE’s captivating performances have graced stages across the country, earning them a dedicated following of music enthusiasts. Chen Lau’s commitment to music extends far beyond the concert stage. He is an active member of several community wind bands, where he shares his expertise and passion with budding musicians. His tireless dedication to teaching has inspired countless students to embark on their own musical journeys, instilling in them not only technical prowess but also a deep love for the trumpet and the world of music.

Born and raised in Subang Jaya, Lee Si Yuan began his journey as a contemporary drummer at the age of 8 before transitioning to classical percussion during his high school years. Since then, he is deeply ingrained as a ‘contemporary classical’.

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.

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.

More info:
[email protected]
Instagram: @klexfestival