Saturday 17 November 2018, 7.30pm
Great double-header from Chinabot – a platform and collective created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music.
"In 2017, a digital diaspora community, a multi-disciplinary label and network of Asian artists decided to cooperate on a new way to collect and promote exciting Asian music. We want to show a slice of what we like, the cultures we come from and our own ideas. We’re an online community and a virtual home celebrating the music that falls between the gaps -- a place for adventurous listening.
Chinabot is positioned at the junction point between the influence of Asian music on contemporary/traditional sounds, music outside the mainstream and the development of experimentation. We work with composers, sound artists, improvisers and musicians to develop projects that rearrange the furniture of the musical world. We want to question our assumptions about what music is and where it can go."
"A stellar beginning to a new project well worth keeping an eye on as it gathers speed" – The Quietus
LAFIDKI is a London-based sound/visual artist, and founder of Chinabot, a platform and collective created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music. LAFIDKI is the moniker of Saphy Vong, who has been releasing experimental electronic since 2008. He was born in a refugee camp in Phanat Nikhon (Thailand) to Cambodian refugee parents who fled Pol Pot's regime and was raised in France. He released his EP ‘Absynthax’ via Orange Milk records. He's a sound artist and conceptual collagist who performs around the world. His music is an confluence of ideas, synthesising multiple underrepresented histories, geographies, musical genres and cultural signifiers into compelling, colourful sonic material that packs contemporaneous dancefloor weight.
LAFIDKI has played at a number of international festivals: Donau Festival 2018 (Krems), VIA 2012 (Pittsburgh), Nuit blanche - French Institute 2016 (Kyoto/Japan), represented Cambodia at Tallinn Music Week. He has shared stage with Hype Williams, KXP, Tzusing, James Ferraro, Nightmares on Wax, Molly Nilsson, Andy Stott, Varg, Tropic of Cancer, Laurel Halo, Amnesia Scanner, Faka and James Holden.
SABIWA is an experimental electronic producer and performer from 未知. Her first approach to music was inside an aquarium; she started playing Cello at the age of 12, developing later a deep interest in electronic music, sound designed and field recording. She produces, records and dissects sounds from natural and synthetic sources, making them interact with complex texture and abstract patterns, also using her voice processed as guiding path in her compositions. She is also curating the live visual for her performances. She composed soundtracks for art performances and documentaries, collaborating with numerous artists and musicians. She is actually working in between Berlin, Taipei and Torino as audio-visual producer.
Li Yilei is a London-based fine artist working with sound and performance, and founded NON DUAL collective in 2017. Working transcendentally and blurring the boundaries between sound and art, sound has always been anchored throughout her body of work, be it film or performance. Her practice of sound art embodies experimental music and sound installations, utilising field recordings and created, most importantly, through a heavily conceptual foundation. Each song is akin to a piece of audio poetry, and each set a performance essay. Each individual sound synaesthetically transfigures into a colour form a pool of infinite selection, and by putting them together, creates a painting that can be perceived behind closed eyes.
website - https://www.yileili.com/
bandcamp - https://liyilei.bandcamp.com/
soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/yileili