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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.