Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL 033) will feature a special guest alto saxophonist from Japan, Ryoko Ono (from Sax Ruins)! Also featuring KL based Chris Stalk (soprano sax) from France, and our very own Yong Yandsen (tenor sax), Kok Siew-Wai (vocals) and Sudarshan Chandra Kumar (vocals & electronics). Mark your calendar and bring your friends!


RYOKO ONO is a Japanese saxophonist, flutist, composer and recording artist specializing in improvised music and works for saxophone and electronics. She plays in a wide range of genres, not only improvised music, but also blues, jazz, progressive rock, noise, and avant-garde music. Her way of playing is consistent throughout all of these styles. It is solid, romantic inter-play. Ono leads her own group Ryorchestra and is one half of SaxRuins with Yoshida Tatsuya. She has performed with Mick Barr, Richard Pinhas, Toshiji Mikawa, Kazutoki Umezu, Akira Sakata, and many others.

1999 graduate Nagoya Art University fine arts (sculpture Course)
1999 start to improvisation
2006 start to organize Ryorchestra
2006 start to SAX RUINS with Tatsuya Yoshida
2009 perform at Asia Meeting Festival (Yoshihide Otomo organize) Yan Jun(Chi)+Ryoko Ono DUO
2010 SAX RUINS Europe,Russia, Israel, China tour
2011 perform Rock In Opposition(R.I.O)
2012 solo album [Undine]on sale (doubt music)  
2013 SAX RUINS second albuim [Blimmguass] on sale and Europe tour
2014 Electronic solo album [Electroic Elements] Release at Jonas sounds
2015 TASK music festival(England), Unsound Festival(Poland)
2015 Joxfield and Ryoko Ono [Red to Red] Release Ban Balam Records
2016 SAX RUINS China, France and UK tour and perform at Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival(scotland)
2016 Release Ryoko Ono & Rogier Smal [ Wood Moon ] 2017 Release GakuseiJikkenShitsu [HEKIZAN] Release Ban Balam Records

CHRISTOPHE “STALK” TURCHI played in his father’s orchestra at the young age of 16 and has long dabbled in funk, abstract hip hop and electro. He uses loops, tenor and soprano saxophones as well as the EWI (electronic wind instrument), and can often be found performing at No Black Tie jazz club in Kuala Lumpur.

YONG YANDSEN is an improvised saxophonist. He has played at the Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), Mosaic Festival Singapore, Choppa Eclectic Improvised Music Festival (Singapore), Turn Around Free Jazz & Improvisation Festival (Singapore), Music Matters Festival (Sri Lanka) 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 album “Trial and Error” and a vinyl album “The Bad Sleeps Well”.

KOK SIEW WAI is a vocal improviser, artist-organiser and video artist. She has performed in festivals such as Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, SoundBridge Contemporary Music Festival, Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), Choppa Experimental Music Festival (Singapore), Playfreely Festival (Singapore), RRRec Fest (Indonesia), E-Poetry Festival (USA) and more. Her video text + vocal improvisation performance piece “Language of Self” is collected by He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China. Siew-Wai is the co-founder, co-curator and director of the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (KLEX).

SUDARSHAN CHANDRA KUMAR has performed for the CHOPPA Music Fest (Singapore), Playfreely (Singapore), Switch On (Malaysia) and KLEX Festival (Malaysia). He participates in Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL) regularly, a monthly experimental music series in Kuala Lumpur. Sudarshan has contributed vocals and live electronics to the following bands: HKPT, Takdir, Sorry and Think!Tadpole!Think!. Working with music for theatre, he is the music facilitator for Main Wayang (2015-2016), a children’s theatre workshop which emphasizes on the basics for orchestrating D.I.Y multimedia performances and has directed and scored music for his musical “The Propitiation of Fundamentals” (2015).

SPIL is a project of the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (KLEX) launched in May 2014. It aims to create exposure and understanding, and to facilitate local, regional and international collaborations and exchanges for experimental and improvised music in Malaysia.

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