Creative arts fes­ti­val re­turns

The three-week Ur­ban­scapes 2017 is in its 15th edi­tion, writes Den­nis Chua

New Straits Times - - Groove | Dates - Dchua@nst.com.my

The Dan­ish pro­gres­sive rock trio Mew is at KL Live on May 10. The rock over­lords last played in Malaysia in 2013, and are gear­ing up for the re­lease of their first al­bum Vi­su­als fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of found­ing mem­ber Bo Mad­sen.Mew is sup­ported by In­done­sia’s finest am­bi­ent rock group The Trees And The Wild.

On May 6, Ur­ban­scapes X Sound­scape Records presents English rock­ers TTNG or This Town Needs Guns and gui­tar wun­derkind Mylets from In­di­ana.

Shar­ing the stage are Mel­bourne-based Tai­wanese elec­tronic artiste Cloudy Ku, who will be on the turnta­bles with a DJ set, Sin­ga­porean in­stru­men­tal rock quar­tet This Is At­lantis as well as lo­cal rock act Swims.

In­done­sian folk-pop duo Stars And Rab­bit mar­ries Elda Suryani’s enchanting, whim­si­cal vo­cals with Adi Wi­dodo’s ex­pert ar­range­ments.

One of the best known acts at home, Stars And Rab­bit are mas­ters of their craft — their sin­u­ous sound­scapes con­vey the vast, wild ex­panse of space where they tower over spec­tral son­i­cal pro­ceed­ings.

They play at The Bee Pub­lika on May 12, and shar­ing the stage is The Venopian Soli­ude, our very own ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tro-pop singer-song­writer.

The creative col­lec­tive Hoax Vi­sion takes over Ur­ban­scapes House on May 5 with an in­vite-only open­ing party — Hoax In The House — which fea­tures a long line-up of the city’s best, up-and-com­ing young ones, such as Jag­g­fuzzbeats, lurkgurl, Orang Malaya, Vik­to­ria and Youth Por­tal.

There will also be a screen­ing of Tep York’s doc­u­men­ta­tion of the city’s skate scene. For in­vites, stay tuned to Ur­ban­scapes’ so­cial me­dia chan­nels. Jin Hack­man

Per­haps the premier pro­po­nent of hip hop in the coun­try, Jin Hack­man of Rais­ing The Bar will be Rais­ing The Roof on May 12 at Ur­ban­scapes House’s ground floor.

The hip-hop se­ries sets the bar with a long line-up that pushes hip hop into the city’s con­scious­ness, which in­cludes bud­ding rap­per-pro­ducer Air­liftz, true-blue em­cee Dan Shiv, and up-and-com­ing rap­per Kidd San­the.

The heart of Ur­ban­scapes, Ur­ban­scapes House, beats on at the his­toric, her­itage build­ing of 2, Hang Kas­turi, which again serves as the hub of all Ur­ban­scapes­re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties and fes­tiv­i­ties.

At the cross­road of art, au­dio­vi­su­als, and dig­i­tal cul­ture is Im­mer­sio the con­crete utopia that chal­lenges pre­con­ceived no­tions of sights, sounds and sto­ry­telling. The ex­pe­ri­en­tial event will be ex­hib­ited on the first floor of Ur­ban­scapes House through­out the three-week fes­ti­val.

ThisIsKualaLumpur is an en­thralling photo project that in­cludes an ex­hi­bi­tion and talks on the third floor of Ur­ban­scapes House, as well as day and night pho­tog­ra­phy walk­ing tours in the city.

Tick­ets: RM78 to RM218. Time: 7pm. Visit ur­ban­scapes.com.my for de­tails. The Venopian Soli­ude

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