Date & Time: Friday, 1 April 2016 @ 8:30pm
Venue: Findars Art Space, No. 8, 4th floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Admission by suggested donation: RM20
Come to SPIL 022 April Fool gig! Featuring a guest from Japan, Junichi Usui (electric guitar, violin, shō), local improvisers Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, Kok Siew-Wai, Yong Yandsen and Ronnie Khoo. No, we’re not joking, we’ll really having a gig. Spread the word and bring all of your friends!
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
JUNICHI USUI (born December 14, 1977) is a musician from Tokyo, Japan and plays electric guitar, violin, shō (Japanese mouth organ) and also sing traditional folk songs of Japan and popular tunes. His music style covers punk, rock, noise, improvisation, contemporary, avant garde, experimental, fiddle music (Celt, Irish, Eastern Europe), Japanese traditional music (Gagaku, Esashi oiwake). Junichi has co-worked with Keiji Haino, Makiko Sakurai, Koji Ishikawa, Sabu Toyozumi, Yoshiaki Fujikawa, Taro Terahara, Tadashi Kumihara, Jon the dog, Kenji Onishi(film), Michele Anelli, Rully Shabara, Satya Prapanca(film), Shih-Yang Lee, Olifa Hsieh, Katharina Ernst, KenYa Kawaguchi, Yukie Sato, Han Joo Lee.
SUDARSHAN CHANDRA KUMAR is a musician. He has contributed vocals and live electronics to bands such as HKPT, T!T!T!, and Takdir. His live setup is comprised of loopers, synths and effects pedals which are used to create improvised soundscapes.
RONNIE KHOO does not think of himself as a musician. He regards himself an explorer of the medium of music and sound, to varying degrees of artistic success, mass acceptance and infamy. He thinks his music sounds like freshly brewed tea. People who have only known him recently might have no idea what he ever accomplished, which is fine. Also, he prefers if someone else wrote his bio.
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 “Trial and Error” on Herbal International and self released debut LP “The Bad Sleeps Well”.
KOK SIEW-WAI 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, Choppa Experimental Music Festival (Singapore), Playfreely Festival (Singapore), Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), E-Poetry Festival (USA) and more.
ABOUT SERIOUS PLAY IMPROV LAB (SPIL) SERIES:
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 and international collaboration and exchange for experimental and improvised music in Malaysia.
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