The second SPIL lab this month on Friday, 25 August, we welcome a guest from Spain and a guest from USA. SPIL 037 will feature Rodrigo Parejo (Spain), Austin Larkin (USA), and KL-based Mireia Frutos (Spain), Nathan Fischer (USA), Yii Kah Hoe, Yong Yandsen and Kok Siew Wai. Mark your calendar! Bring your friends!

Date: Friday, 25 August 2017, 8:30pm
Venue: RAW Art Space, No. 8, 4th floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Admission by suggested donation RM20


Austin Larkin (USA) is a musician and composer primarily working with the (in)audible and sonorous. The phenomenon of vibration, experience of listening, adherence to perceptual geographies and reverance for systems of thought are totems of his composition/performance. Deep inspiration has been wrought from sharing and collaboration with Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, Lori Goldston and Jarrad Powell.

Rodrigo Parejo was born in Extremadura, Spain in 1981. Started playing classical music at the age of 8, continuing his studies in Madrid and The Netherlands where he graduated with Honors in Jazz Performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After positively completing his Masters Degree, he kept traveling and spending periods in countries as Canada, New York, Cambodia, Indonesia and Norway. Rodrigo is a versatile musician and improviser, influenced by the sounds of jazz, classical, contemporary-avantgarde, experimental electronic music, rock, world-music and dance music. He has played in festival such as North Sea Festival, Bimhuis, Flamenco Festival Vienna, Steve Reich Festival, Bratislava Jazz Days, SIPA and more.

At present, Nathan Fischer (USA) resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he is a Senior Lecturer of Classical Guitar with the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). As a concert artist Nathan has appeared in the United States, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Oceana, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. His research is on the performance and analysis of music for classical guitar with specialization in Malaysian, Egyptian, and Venezuelan music. This includes the development of a Malaysian and Egyptian national repertoire. While living in Egypt his performance research expanded to the Arab oud, and the gambus in Malaysia. He likes to have fun, scuba dive, eat spicy food, enjoy life and most of all, make music.

Born in Madrid, Spain, Mireia Frutos studied a Master of Music at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. She has been awarded with the “Mutua Madrileña Foundation” scholarship, the “Musical Youth of Madrid” scholarship and the “Rotary Club” grant for the continuation of her studies after her bachelor degree in Zaragoza (Spain). Mireia has performed in Spain, Malaysia, Australia, USA, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, and Israel. Currently, she is involved in several projects with a variety of chamber music alliances. She is also very active performing contemporary avant garde music and has worked with composers to premier both solo and ensemble works. Mireia Frutos has been awarded First Prize in several competitions, like the Musical Youth of Spain Competition, the “Marisa Montiel” piano competition, the “Hazen” Competition, or the “Acordes Caja Madrid” Competition for orchestra, this last one broadcasted for the Spanish Television.

YII Kah Hoe is the winner at the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra Forum for Malaysian Composers II (2007), winner of 11th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards (best music and design), and a recipient of the Third Prize at the International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition organized by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (2006). He was also a finalist in the International Competition for Composers ‘Città di Udine’ (Italy, 2010). His works have been performed in the U.S., London, Trinidad, Germany, Mexico, Paris, Italy, Melbourne, Bangkok, Hanoi, Manila, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cairo, Singapore and Malaysia. Yii was the festival director of the various contemporary music festivals in Malaysia, president of Society of Contemporary Composers, and is a senior lecturer at SEGi College Subang Jaya.

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.

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”.

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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