The Serious Play Improv Lab musical series returns to the stage in KL this weekend

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After almost two years of no live performances, the small community of experimental artists and musicians is finally returning to the stage for Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL) this Saturday (October 23) at the Percussion Store in Jalan Panggong in Kuala Lumpur.

This musical series is an art lab that focuses on musical experimentation and improvisation. It provides a platform for musicians from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and present new collective expressions.

It falls under the aegis of the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video and Music Festival (KLEX), an independent international festival, organized by artists and volunteers, devoted to experimental film, video art and music.

The last SPIL took place in February 2020, before live events were nationally rescheduled in accordance with restrictions and pandemic lockdowns.

The upcoming SPIL – SPIL 061 – will feature artist-curator and vocal improviser Kok Siew Wai (vocals), free jazz and improvised saxophonist Yong Yandsen (tenor sax), Chinese improviser dizi and xiao (both types Chinese Flutes) Yii Kah Hoe and Ping Wei, a saxophonist who performs experimental music.

Saxophonist Yong Yandsen will be part of SPIL 061 on October 23. Photo: Asian Meeting Festival

“It’s kind of like a ‘welcome!’ gesture of our “house band” and our frequent collaborators. We are delighted to be able to work again on providing a platform for experimental and unconventional music to KL.

“In some ways the break also gave us a break to reflect and refresh ourselves. We are eager to open our doors to the public and also wish to attract good musicians from various backgrounds to approach us if they are open to improvisation. and experimentation, ”says Kok, co-founder and co-director of KLEX.

Kok Siew Wai's area of ​​improvisation is the exploration of expressions with the human voice.  Photo: Magnus CalebKok Siew Wai’s area of ​​improvisation is the exploration of expressions with the human voice. Photo: Magnus Caleb

It will be a small concert, with a maximum capacity of 15 people (fully vaccinated individuals).

Tickets cost 30 RM, call 019-770 2498. Doors open at 8pm.

The concert will also be broadcast live.

Although there will be no KLEX festival this year, the SPIL series is resuming its monthly programming. Several screenings are also in preparation.

The SPIL series (2021-2022) is funded by the International Relief Fund for Cultural and Educational Organizations 2021 of the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Goethe-Institut and other partners.

“KLEX would like to express its deepest gratitude to the International Relief Fund for Cultural and Educational Organizations 2021 of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute and other partners for supporting the restoration of the series SPIL after the pandemic, ”Kok said.

For next month’s (November) edition of SPIL, singer-songwriter Azmyl Yunor, player Ruan Ong May Yi, dancer Tan Bee Hung and saxophonist Scarlet Gouk will be part of the lab.


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