Happy New Year! SPIL is back with its 8th edition to kick start 2015! We’re very excited to have Katsura Yamauchi from Japan on the bill! Also joining the play are local dancers Ren Xin and Arson Ong, and musicians Goh Lee Kwang, Yong Yandsen and Kok Siew-Wai. Come join us!

Katsura Yamauchi, saxophone
Ren Xin, dance
Arson ONG, movement
GOH Lee Kwang, No-input sound mixer
YONG Yandsen, tenor sax
KOK Siew-Wai, voice

Date & Time: Tuesday, 8pm, 13 January 2014
Venue: FINDARS, 4th Floor, No. 8 Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Admission by suggested donation: RM20


Born in Beppu, far from the bigger cities in Japan, Yamauchi was until recently relatively unknown, but has now shown himself to be one of the most unique musicians in Japan. Not until 2002 did he quit his regular job to dedicate himself fully to music. Yamauchi had developed his own original style, mixing improvisation and minimalism with melodic elements. His music called SALMO SAX is at the same time challenging and easily accessible, unrecognizable and beautiful. Katsura Yamauchi has released several solo CDs and recorded with Michel Doneda, Gunter Muller, Norbert Möslang, Jason Kahn, Toshimaru Nakamura, etc.

REN XIN – Dance
Danced with T.H.E. Dance Company in Singapore, LeeSaar The Company in NYC, and DPAC Dance Company in Malaysia. Her own works have been presented in MyDance Festival, National University of Singapore Arts Festival, The Esplanade da:ns festival, and International Young Choreographers Project in Taiwan. She has performed with Ng Chor Guan in MUSIC=DANCE improvisation, and presented her Two Minute Solo curated by Marion De Cruz of Five Arts Center. Most recently, Ren Xin presented her movement theatre piece B.E.D. at DPAC, and then collaborated with Japanese dancer Miwa Okuno on a new choreography at T.H.E. Contact festival in Singapore and d’MOTION festival. Currently, she is working on a site-specific creation in Rimbun Dahan.

ARSON ONG – Movement
Born in 1990 and graduated from Dasein Academy of Art in 2012, I am passionate in cross disciplinary art including drawing, painting, installation and performance. I have been taking part in exhibitions and performance art regularly.

GOH LEE KWANG – No-input Sound Mixer
GOH is internationally recognized sound & new media artist from Malaysia. He has created sound installations, sonic-visual interactive installations, single channel video, multi-channels video, electro-acoustic improvised music performance, tape music, composition for radio broadcast and soundtrack for theater / dance / independent movie. Goh’s works focus on the various possibility of both realistic & abstract, crossing the boundaries of digital & analog, electronic & acoustic, go beyond language, allowing audiences to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way. Most of his installation also operating interactively with the audience/ viewer.

YONG is an improvised saxophonist. He has played at the Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, Mosaic Festival Singapore, Choppa Eclectic Improvised Music Festival, Turn Around Free Jazz & Improvisation Festival amongst others. Yandsen has collaborated with musicians such as Goh Lee Kwang, Ng Chor-Guan, Thierry Monnier, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Damo Suzuki, Darren Moore, Brian O’ Reily and more. Yandsen’s debut LP of solo saxophone improvisation was released by Doubtful Sound (France) in 2013. Yandsen, together with Moore and O’Reily have formed an improvised trio called Game of Patience and have toured to Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The trio has recently tour Japan in June 2014.

KOK is a video artist and improvised vocalist. Siew-Wai has shown her videos and performed locally and internationally, participated in festivals such as Busan International Video Art Festival, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, International Film Rotterdam, Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, Choppa Eclectic Improvised Music Festival (Singapore), Improvised and Otherwise Festival (USA) and more.


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