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Thursday, March 16, 2006

A week of music, the arts and Lionel

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Yes, boys and girls, Formula 1 is back for another visit this weekend. And as always, with the F1 usually comes a butt load of music and arts related events.

But first, let's get this out of the way first. If you have RM 900, RM 1,300 or RM 1,550 to burn - that's right, not spare, but burn - then I have just the concert for you! And it's something the dancing-on-the-ceiling granny brigade will love... it's none other than Lionel Richie!

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Yup, the former Commodores funkster turned mushy-soul-R&B-pop star will perform at the KL Convention Center on March 16, according to the Tourism Malaysia press release for the Formula 1 week. I don't know where you can get tickets, and frankly I don't give a rat's ass. There's tons of other more productive things I could spend my hard earned cash on. Definitely NOT Lionel.

OK - now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's move on to the good stuff...

First up is to let y'all know about the upcoming Troubadours / Open Doors gig, which will be held at KL Performing Arts Center (KL PAC) on Sunday, March 19, from 5pm - 8pm. Performing at the even will be Rhapsody, Khai and Jerome Kugan, plus films by Liew Seng Tat and Tan Hui Koon.


For more information, visit the Troubadours website. Which, incidentally, is hosted on Blogspot, just like myAsylum.

One very good resource for happenings in and around Kuala Lumpur is of course KLUE magazine (print), or the online version. One interesting event (that has been ongoing) that caught my eye is this one:

The Fake Show (23 February - 18 March)

Artists like Chua Li Koh, Rizal Dasar, Britney Partiswarah, The Anti-Corruption Avangers, James Ho and Dan Corchize will explore the issue of what is real and unreal in this exhibition. Featured artworks include media works, photography, videos, sculptures, installations and paintings. Admission is free

Reka Art Space
LotGL29, Ground Floor, Kelana Square,
17 Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya

Tel : 03-7875 8006/7880 5982
Train : Kelana Jaya (Putra)

Sounds very interesting, and you only have a few days to catch it. KLUE has a whole bunch of other events listed, and you should check 'em out.

On the net is a site that I got to know not too long ago, thanks to the Black Metal / Paul's Place Raid issue. It's the RICECOOKER blog, run by indie music icon Joe Kid. Here you can find the up-to-date happenings in the independent music scene. This weekend (also on Sunday - busy, busy day!) is the last chance to catch two Japanese indie bands: The Act We Act, and Cynic 19, plus My Precious from Singapore, all of whom have been playing at various locations in the country.

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The venue of the gig will be Tunestone Studios in Klang, and admission is RM 10. The gig starts at 2pm until it ends - at whatever time it ends.

RICECOOKER also lists several other gigs and art exhibitions that will be held in April. Do check the site out to find out more.

And now, for something completely diferent...

Image hosting by PhotobucketIf it's Jazz that turns you on, then this is one gig that I would strongly recommend, for it's uniqeness - Farid Ali aka Mr Gambus will be performing at Bangkok Jazz (located at Chulan Square), with backup from Eric Li (piano), Fly (bass), John Thomas (drums) and Kamrulbahri (percussions).

The performance will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 10pm onwards, and according to the poster, admission is Free, and is the first of the Heineken Gigs 2006 series.

A great resource for Jazz-related news, gig announcements, interviews or anything Jazz related in Malaysia, is a site called All Dat Jazz 'n' More! which, as its banner proclaims, is the "The #1 Premier Site For Malaysian Jazz 'n' All Things Jazz in Malaysia".

And it really does live up to the claim, from what I've seen so far. So, if Jazz is your thang, and you live in Malaysia, this is definitely one website that I'd recommend you to bookmark.

Other Jazz happenings within this week include GruvAvenue (at Avanti) on March 17, and Global Spirit (at KL PAC) from March 16 - 18. Incidentally, Global Spirit consists of an international line up of Greg Lyons (on saxophones, UK), Damon Brown (on trumpet/flugelhorn, UK). Jarmo Savolainen (on piano, Finland), Christy Smith (acoustic and electric bass, USA) and Lewis Pragasam (on drums, Malaysia).

One genre of music which I've not touched on is dance/rave, which I personally am not into. But, Walski does not discriminate, and if dance is your musical niche, then check out these sites for locations and times this week of the various dance goings on: KLUE, and Smoovepinch Nightlifestyle - the two best resources I've found.

But since it is after all F1 week, there is one dance event that I will highlight:

Tiesto Asia Tour 2006

So go hang out with the Renault pit-crew and dance the nite away... who knows, you may just rub shoulders with Fernando Alonso or Giancarlo Fisichella... or not.