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Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL 043)

RAW Art Space
Event organized by RAW Art Space

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We've been having many international guests appearing in SPIL series recently. This month, we're going to have an all-locals SPIL lab for a change! SPIL 043 will feature Goh Yen-Lin (sound objects), Yii Kah Hoe (xiao), Yong Yandsen (tenor sax), Kok Siew Wai (vocals), and live visuals by Tsa Meera (live video), who's joining SPIL series for the first time! Come see an improvisational collaboration between musicians and live visual artist on the last day of March!

Date: Saturday, 31 March 2018, 8:30pm
Venue: RAW Art Space, No. 8, 4th floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Admission by suggested donation RM20


B. 25th August 1989, Tsa Meera is a nature lover and an art enthusiast who loves to experiment with the ephemeral qualities of visual art from analogue to digital. Received her education in Multimedia University with a Bachelor in Multimedia (Hons) Digital Media (MMU) and most recently an MA in Fine Arts and Technology (UiTM) whereby she explored Op Art as her expression of Duality in life. She aims to merge traditional art practices with digital technology, taking the best of both worlds and maintaining balance.

Pianist GOH Yen-Lin is an avid performer of contemporary classical music integrating culture, language, and multi-disciplinary art from Malaysia. She has premiered numerous solo and chamber works across North America, Europe, and Africa. Composers she has collaborated with include Chen Yi, Ge Gan-ru, Tom Lopez, and Mayke Nas. Yen-Lin’s special interest in improvisation has led her to form contemporary improvisation ensembles and to work extensively with different instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers, actors and theater directors on improvisation projects and concerts. She started including toy piano and toy instruments in many of her performances. Her passion for teaching brought her to Tanzania in 2013, working as a piano/voice teaching fellow at Umoja School of Music and a lecturer at Tumaini University Makumira. She is currently a senior lecturer at Sultan Idris Education University in Malaysia.

YII Kah Hoe is a Malaysian composer and improviser. Yii was the winner of 11th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards (Malaysia, 2014), the winner of Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Forum for Malaysian Composers (Malaysia, 2007). His works have been performed widely in the world. In the fall of 2015, Yii was the Scripps College Erma Taylor OíBrien Distinguished Visiting Professor at Scripps College in Claremont. He was the president of Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers (2014 ñ 2016) and a senior lecturer at SEGi College Subang Jaya, Malaysia since 2000.

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), allEars Festival (Norway), 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), allEars Festival (Norway), Choppa Experimental Music Festival (Singapore), Playfreely Festival (Singapore), RRRec Fest (Indonesia), E-Poetry Festival (USA) and more.


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 a performance laboratory series focusing on music experimentation and improvisation. SPIL provides a platform for performers from various backgrounds to collaborate and present a new collective expression through improvisation.