Pak Yan Lau - Bakunawa (cancelled)

Sat 24 Oct 2020 - 15:00 to 23:00
Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Neerpelt

Pak Yan Lau (BE/HK) makes music with found instruments, from which she recycles their sound. Bakunawa is a continuation of Lau’s solo project Book of Toy, where her fascination for the natural overtones emitted by her toypianos and pendules, were recorded. Now, taking it to another level, driven by the curiosity and possibilities to write for an ensemble, this piece explores a combination of unconventional instrumentation (pendules, toypianos, metal tubes, harp) and delicate use of electronics. Inspired by Asian ritual music, minimal music, such as Philip Glass and Eliane Radigue, and ambient music, she aims to create her own soundworld as a kind of personal ritual, where one is allowed to get lost and become submerged in.

In particular for OORtreders Festival, Pak Yan Lau will present PART 1 of the piece, Bakunawa, in an extended form. It consists of a composition written for bowed pendules, metal tubes and harp. The focus is on the pendules; metal rods inside her grandmother's clock. They were recuperated and used inside a musical context, because of their rich overtones and because they do not fit inside the European classical tempered tuning system. Giving an otherworldly sound experience, where time can be taken and moves as fast or as slowly as it is needed. 

Bakunawa are serpent like dragons from the Philippines, who eat moons. To keep them from eating the moons, the people will play loudly on pots and pans to scare her away, or beautifully on their native instruments to lull her to sleep.

Pak Yan was born in Belgium but has Chinese roots. She started playing the piano at the age of 9. She followed a classical education at the Antwerp Conservatory and in ESMAE Portugal. She also followed jazz workshops in Belgium and Italy with, among others: Christoph Erbstosser, Mark Levine, Stefano Battaglia, Franco d'Andrea. She has composed for theater and dance productions, Chinese shadow theater, documentaries and video installations. Currently her focus lies on improvisation and music in relation to sound/noise. She has a particular preference for objects, especially toy pianos. Taking the extraordinary out of the ordinary and creating small sound mosaics in a minimal, poetic way, while exploring the vast spectrum of sound possibilities is the best way to describe her style.

Composition: Pak Yan Lau | Gong Bars, Toypianos: Giovanni Di Domenico | Gong bars, toy pianos, tom: João Lobo | Gonstaven, toy pianos, bass drum: Mathieu Calleja | Harp: Vera Cavallin | Sound: Christophe Albertijn.

This performance is part of the parcours program which takes place on saturday 24.10 at Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof and will be performed three times between 15:00 and 23:30.

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