Happy New Year 2016! Come to Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL 020) on Friday, 8 Jan, 8:30pm @ Findars! We have two guests from USA, contemporary music composer Sarah Weaver, and electronic musician Sean Stellfox. KLEX hosted Sarah in early 2015, together with Gerry Hemingway, where she conducted an improvisation workshop. Sarah is back to give a presentation on telematic music and composition, and then join the SPIL lab to play some laptop music! Also on the bill are local improvisers Ng Chor Guan (theremin), Yong Yandsen (tenor sax) and Siew-Wai Kok (voice). Mark your calendar, see you next Friday, bring your friends!

Date & Time: Friday, 8 January 2016, 8:30pm

Venue: FINDARS, No. 8, 4th floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.

Admission By Suggested Donation: RM20



SARAH WEAVER is a New York-based experimental composer, conductor, and technologist working internationally in telematic, large ensemble, computer, and solo/chamber music. Telematic music is live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. Weaver is co-director of the SLM Ensemble with composer/bassist Mark Dresser. Recent projects include collaborations with the NASA Kepler Mission, United Nations organizations, premieres throughout New York City, and telematic projects since 2006 with sites in Abu Dhabi, Banff, Beijing, Belfast, Florence, Jerusalem, Montreal, Nairobi, New York, Rensselaer, San Diego, Seattle, South Korea, Stanford, United Nations Headquarters in New York, and Zurich. “Source” (2015) is the recent recording release of the SLM Ensemble, featuring works by Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver. Weaver has music degrees from University of Michigan, New York University, certification in Soundpainting and Deep Listening, and is currently pursuing her PhD at Stony Brook University (State University of New York). Liminal Music Inc. is the nonprofit organization for Weaver’s work. In January 2015 Weaver presented work in Kuala Lumpur as part of a Southeast Asia tour with percussionist/composer/filmmaker Gerry Hemingway in coordination with KLEX. The January 2016 residency presents new work by Weaver and will develop video materials in collaboration with Siew-wai Kok and KLEX for a composition in the Spring 2016 telematic project “Changing Tides”. More information: <sarahweaver.org/41016_changing_tides_telematic_translocational_music>

Presentation Description: “Integral Multiplicity”

Building on analysis of works in multiple time frames for telematic music, Weaver expands this into a compositional concept of “Integral Multiplicity” to additionally encompass music elements such as pitch, timbre, dynamics, and style. Examples and implications of the concept will be discussed in relation to composition, improvisation, gesture, notation, and culture, in her works for solo, ensemble, and telematic mediums.

www.sarahweaver.org, www.slmensemble.org, www.liminalmusicinc.org

SEAN STELLFOX (bossbattle) is an electronic musician from Delaweird, Delaware, USA. He is currently residing in Jogjakarta Indonesia, where he is part of the Jogja Noise Bombing community. He explores spectrum of noise with diy analogue noise machines and digital sounds. Bossbattle.bandcamp.com stellfox.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/bossbattle

NG CHOR GUAN is the co-founder & artistic director of Toccata Studio. He is one of Malaysia’s most sought-after music composers and sound designer for Theater, Dance, Film and New media. Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Ng Chor Guan’s works have been performed by orchestras, DJ’s and all manner of ensemble throughout Asia and the world. Utilising innovative musical approaches and emerging technologies. Ng aims to create works that in his words “represent our era” yet remain “poignant and timeless”. A master Theremin player, Ng Chor Guan’s approach is classical and contemporary in equal measure. His most recent project , 2020, is a multidisciplinary performed powered by the concept of multiple futures and time travel: it is a five-year project hey wishes to not simply engage the audience in dialogue about being agents of change , but also to offer itself as a new medium.

YONG YANDSEN 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, together with Darren Moore and Brian O’Reily, form an improvised trio called Game of Patience. They have toured to Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. They released debut CD “Trial and Error” on Herbal International and self released debut LP “The Bad Sleeps Well”.

KOK SIEW-WAI (Malaysia) is an improvised vocalist, video artist and independent artist-organizer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She’s performed in festivals such as Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, SoundBridge Contemporary Music Festival, Playfreely Festival (Singapore), Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), E-Poetry Festival (USA) and more.