Ujikaji presents Feng Hao / Dharma / Jordan Johari Rais & Imran Abdul Rashid
20 February 2016
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Feng Hao (Beijing plunderphonics)
Dharma (Avant garde guitar)
Jordan Johari Rais / Imran Abdul Rashid (Strings / Wind / Electronics)
20 Feb 2016
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149
$12 entry at the door
Feng Hao is an experimental musician and artist that straddles the fields of contemporary art, sound art, and drama. He has studied the feasibility and boundaries of the prepared guitar for years. He explores plunderphonics using the alias DJ Strausss. He also founded Walnut Room, a duo of music theatre that combines experimental music and improvised performance.
Dharma has been involved with the Singapore music scene since the early 1990s, having played guitar notably with blues rock veterans Heritage, funk fusion outfit Throb, doom inflected improv act Meddle, spiritual noise mystics Chöd and avant rock stalwarts The Observatory. In 2013 he released his first solo album Intergranular Space focusing on avant guitar explorations with improvised, prepared and extended techniques, objects and efx. Further experimenting and developing on this style over the last year he has been releasing occasional tracks on Soundcloud, the latest being “The Exorcism of Durrty Home Power Supply“ – a-tongue-in-cheek reference to clichéd horror movie titles and also to the noise inherent in the power supply at home. This can be heard very clearly on the recording, sounding like crickets.
Jordan Johari Rais / Imran Abdul Rashid (Under The Velvet Sky)
Jordan Johari Rais and Imran Abdul Rashid were both members of Under The Velvet Sky (UTVS), a 5-piece band playing a blend of progressive rock, free jazz and improvisation. In 2008 UTVS released The Black Sea Sorcery, supporting the album with a number of shows around the region. Following this, a substantial number of tracks were recorded but never really properly released; UTVS faded off the scene soon after, with its core members venturing into other projects and forming groups such as Gulayu Arkestra, Five Leaves Left, and other individual works that revolve around experimental music, sound art and performance art in Singapore.
Sparked by a common musical voice through UTVS, and individual forms of experimentation through their respective instruments, Jordan (Wind/Strings) and Imran (Strings/Electronics) aim to discover new grounds and rediscover old sounds that were lost during their long hiatus from music.