Founded in May 2014, SERIOUS PLAY IMPROV LAB (SPIL) is a monthly music series focuses on improvisation. It’s a project of KLEX – Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival. It is an art laboratory series for musicians and performers to experiment with each other through improvisation and experimentation. 4-5 musicians/performers will be featured in every lab. The first half of the concert consists of solos or duos. The second half of the concert will have the performers to play in different combinations, or an all-in jamming.  SPIL provides a platform for musicians/performers with different backgrounds to improvise and collaborate together, presenting a new collective expression through improvisation. SPIL facilitates collaborations among local, regional and international improvised musicians and performers, encouraging learning, understanding, friendship and exchange.

Improvisation is the first stage of any creation. There is immense energy and creativity in the improvisation stage where rules are constantly being created, worked on, transform, abandoned or reenacted as we arrange our ideas through elaboration and development. Improvised art requires a great deal of concentration, awareness, communication and skills. It has a sense of excitement and urgency because there will be no ‘2nd take’. You create as you think, and the process is the result.

Musicians and performers who have participated in SPIL series include: Arrington de Dionyso (USA), Azzief Khaliq, Azmyl Yunor, Brian O’Reilly (USA), Chris Golinski (USA), Chris Stalk (France), DJ Urine (France), Fadhil Zulkifri, Farez Jinnah, Gerry Hemingway (USA), GOH Lee Kwang, Ian HAN, Joe Kidd, Kamal Sabran, Katsura Yamauchi (Japan), KOK Siew-Wai, LEE Choy Wan, LEE Kien Fei, LUONG Hue Trinh (Vietname), Makoto Oshiro (Japan), Michael Edward Edgerton (USA), NG Chor-guan, O.g Azrin, Ren Xin, Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Sachiko M (Japan), Sarah Weaver (USA), Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, WONG Yok Teng, YUEN Chee Wai (Singapore), YONG Yandsen and many more.

See links below for more information on SPIL Series:
SPIL 2014
SPIL 2015
SPIL 2016