Re­al­is­ing Reza

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - Com­piled by SHEELA CHAN­DRAN

REZA Salleh, pi­o­neer of the Moon­shine live se­ries and one of the hard­est work­ing singer-song­writ­ers in town, is fi­nally re­leas­ing his de­but al­bum Re­al­ize to­mor­row at The Apart­ment, Lot 139, first floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

Reza will be out to win over the crowd with his new ma­te­rial, which can best be de­scribed as “folk meets pop rock meets the blues meets grunge meets jazz meets soul meets a cup of cof­fee”. He will be ac­com­pa­nied by his band com­pris­ing Melina Wil­liams (bass), Stephanie Chan (drums), Savy Ho (vi­o­lin) and Nor Hanafi Noor Hadi (gui­tar). Guest acts for this much awaited launch party in­clude Narmi, As­mi­dar, David Knight, Liyana Fizi, Zalila Lee, Isaac En­try and Mia Pa­len­cia. Show­time: 9pm. Ad­mis­sion: free. n AVANT-garde mu­sic leg­end Damo Suzuki will per­form at An­nexe Gallery, Cen­tral Mar­ket, Kuala Lumpur, this Satur­day. The front­man of 1970s Krautrock pi­o­neers Can is tour­ing the re­gion for the first time.

The 60-year-old cur­rently leads what is known as Damo Suzuki’s Net­work. As he tours he per­forms live im­pro­vi­sa­tional mu­sic with var­i­ous lo­cal mu­si­cians (so-called “Sound Car­ri­ers”) from around the world, thus build­ing up a net­work of mu­si­cians.

Damo Suzuki’s Net­work in KL will fea­ture a su­pergroup made up of some of the lo­cal scene’s most ex­u­ber­ant un­der­ground mu­si­cal ad­ven­tur­ers. They in­clude mem­bers of The Abang Guard, Ci­plak, EMACM, Ab­dul Aziz, Azmyl Yunor, Bul­let, Goh Lee Kwang, Joe Kidd, Ron­nie Khoo and Yong Yand­sen.

The show starts at 8pm this Satur­day. Ad­mis­sion: RM20 do­na­tion. This project is made pos­si­ble by Ja­pan Foun­da­tion Kuala Lumpur. Browse an­nexe­gallery.com. Call % 03-2031 0399. n SLOVE­NIA’S Carmina Slovenica Choir and home­grown choir group Operafest Chil­dren’s Choir will per­form in KL at the Lit­tle Sis­ters Of The Poor in Cheras (Satur­day, 3pm) and Tamil Methodist Church in Brick­fields (Satur­day and Sun­day, 8pm). They will also per­form at De­wan Chanselor, Univer­siti Sabah Malaysia in Kota Kinabalu (Dec 5, 7pm).

The Carmina Slovenica Choir, un­der the guid­ance of artis­tic di­rec­tor Karmina Silec, has toured Europe, the United States, Africa and Ja­pan. Operafest, which started in 1986, is an es­tab­lished choral group com­pris­ing tal­ented chil­dren aged be­tween seven and 16 years. For de­tails, call Kam Sun-yoke (% 012-399 0073 / 03-6081 5781) or browse opera fest.net.

n HELP Ke­lab Seni Filem, in col­labo- ra­tion with Goethe-In­sti­tut Malaysia, presents a se­ries of East Ger­man clas­sic films.

Films be­ing shown this Satur­day are Josef Mach’s Sons Of Great Bear (2pm, Frank Beyer’s Naked Among Wolves (4.15pm) and Wolf­gang Staudte’s The Mur­der­ers Are Among Us (7pm). On Sun­day, Ger­man film lovers can watch Kurt Maet­zig’s The Rab­bit Is Me (1.30pm), Frank Beyer’s Traces Of Stones (4pm) and Kon­rad Wolf and Wolf­gang Kohlhaase’s Solo Sunny (7pm).

Screen­ings take place at HELP Uni­ver­sity Col­lege, Pusat Ban­dar Da­mansara, KL. For en­quiries, call % 03-2164 2011 or e-mail torsten­schaar@web.de. n AU­DI­TIONS for Broad­way Academy’s Broad­way mu­si­cal, Dream­girls, will be held till to­mor­row at Ja­batan Dan Ke­se­nian Ne­gara, 22nd Floor, MAS Build­ing, Jalan Sul­tan Is­mail in KL. Ap­pli­cants must be able to sing, dance, act and have a pas­sion to re­hearse long hours.

Dream­girls fol­lows the story of a group of young and tal­ented fe­male singers from Chicago who calls them­selves “The Dreams”. The mu­sic was writ­ten by Henry Kieger, with lyrics by Tom Eyen. It pre­miered on Broad­way in New York City on Dec 20, 1981. In 2006, a film adap­ta­tion was re­leased, star­ring Bey­oncé Knowles, Jen­nifer Hud­son and Ed­die Mur­phy.

The mu­si­cal is slated to take place next July in KL. For more info and reg­is­tra­tion de­tails, browse broad­way­a­cademy.asia or call % 03-7725 6175. n ASWARA’S Fac­ulty of Dance presents the many tra­di­tions of dance in Ta­pes­try ... Tra­di­tions In Tran­si­tions from to­mor­row till Sun­day (8.30pm with a 3pm show on Sun­day) at Ex­per­i­men­tal The­atre, Aswara Cam­pus, 464, Jalan Tun Is­mail in KL.

The show fea­tures clas­si­cal dance reper­toire as well as ro­bust folk dance of Jo­hor, Sabah and Sarawak. Chore­og­ra­phy is by Ha­ji­jah Yaa­cob, Wong Kit Yaw, Suhaimi Magi, Seth Hamzah, Za­harah Hamid, Vatsala Si­vadas, Zhou Gui Xin and Shuhaib Daud. Tick­ets are RM20 and RM10 (stu­dents). For de­tails, call % 032697 1777 / 2697 5046. n THE Phil­har­monic So­ci­ety of Se­lan­gor will hold a vo­cal work­shop with singer, vo­cal coach and 2008 BOH Camero­nian Arts Awards Best Ac­tor Gabrielle Maes ( Sou­venir) on Satur­day (2.30pm - 5.30pm) at Stu­dio 5, Kuala Lumpur Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in Jalan Stratchan.

Maes is a ver­sa­tile mu­si­cian who sings a wide va­ri­ety of songs, from opera to Amer­i­can songs. She has worked as soloist for world renowned Ne­gro spir­i­tual group Voices in Paris, France.

The work­shop will be con­ducted in two parts – Mas­ter­classes and Group Work­shop. Reg­is­tra­tion is at 2pm. Ad­mis­sion is RM40 and RM25 (Phil­har­monic So­ci­ety of Se­lan­gor mem­bers). For de­tails, browse thep­hil.org.my or call % 016 210 2281. n IN­DIE rock­ers Awan­band, which was one of the high­lights of the re­cent P. Ram­lee trib­ute project by XFM, will roll out a set along­side Auburn, Narmi, Mia Pa­len­cia, As­mi­dar, Fig­ure Of Speech, Reza Salleh, Ham­s­ter­damnaged at the Moon­shine se­ries fifth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion tonight.

Show­time is 9pm. Ad­mis­sion is free. Venue: Laun­dry Bar, The Curve, Mu­tiara Da­mansara, Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor.

Pi­o­neer: Hear Reza Salleh to­mor­row at The Apart­ment in Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

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