About the Show
Angelika，德國波蘭裔薩克斯風手，協同兩位樂手John-Dennis Renken, on bass以小號（Trumpet）及Matthias Akeo Nowak低音提琴（Double Bass）組成三重奏（Trio）；
人人人以南方獅鼓為主力，添上南島傳統敲擊樂如北婆羅洲樂器、馬來民族樂器、華族民打樂器等等，創造微透雨林氣息的獅鼓演奏，進行一場別開生面的音樂對話—— 掘失（jue shi）The Hidden Tune。
“掘失” 和“The Hidden Tune” 不是两个语言的互译，而是不可切分的整體，是两个频道中的混合频率，难以辨识却充满可能性。就如这场常规以外的演奏——爵士樂與南方獅鼓的音樂對話。
掘失（jue shi）The Hidden Tune 期許用声音进行文化碰撞，在各种频率交错的轨道上，寻找隐藏的——或许不存在的共鸣。
Angelika, a German-Polish saxophonist, together with John-Dennis Renken on trumpet and Matthias Akeo Nowak on bass, form the Angelika Niescier Trio, contributing various hues of contemporary jazz.
Orang Orang Drum Theatre, using Shigu as the main element, along with traditional instruments from Southeast Asia such as North Bornean percussion, Malay percussion, and Chinese folk percussion, have created a drumming that evokes a rainforest’s atmosphere with Shigu, to kick off a groundbreaking musical dialogue in 掘失 (jue shi) The Hidden Tune.
“掘失jué shī” and “The Hidden Tune” is not a translation between two languages, but a unified mix of frequencies coming from two channels. It is hard to categorize, yet filled with possibilities that resonate in this unusual music collaboration—a musical dialogue between contemporary jazz and Shigu.
“掘失(jue shi) The Hidden Tune” uses sound to execute this clash of cultures, travelling the tracks of various frequencies while seeking the hidden—or perhaps non-existent—resonances.
CAST NAME & BACKGROUND
ORANG ORANG DRUM THEATRE [MALAYSIA]
由2013年成立至今，人人人鼓剧场核心人物周顺兴、廖世仪以及廖慧鸣，不断地游走于音乐、舞蹈与剧场之间，为鼓剧场探寻展现的场域。他们带着一行人参与国际音乐节‘Sziget Festival 2019’，‘WOMADELAIDE 2020’也曾参与威尼斯剧场艺术节 ‘Venice Open Stage’，同时也到过比利时与德国参与舞蹈节‘Danse en ville’。近年来，他们也带着演出走访欧洲各国的民俗与舞蹈艺术节，如法国、匈牙利以及塞尔维亚，通过与传统文化交流，让剧团在传统与当代之间寻找平衡。
Since its establishment in 2013, Orang Orang Drum Theatre’s core members Boyz Chew, Zyee Leow, and Damien Leow have been oscillating between music, dance, and theatre, looking for a platform of expression for drum theatre. They brought a team with them to participate in the international music festival Sziget Festival 2019, WOMADELAIDE 2020, the Venice theatre arts festival Venice Open Stage, and the Belgium-Germany dance festival Danse en Ville. In recent years, they have brought their troupe to tour many cultural and dance arts festivals in Europe, such as in France, Hungary, and Serbia. Through interactions with traditional cultures, they find their balance between the traditional and the contemporary.
The word ‘orang’ means people, and the central mission of OODT is to bring the arts to the people; the word ‘drum theatre’ is used because, just by placing a drum in a theatre space, it gains the ability to tell a story even as it creates music.
Photo credit: Schindelbeck Jazzfotografie
ANGELIKA NIESCIER TRIO (GERMANY)
ANGELIKA NIESCIER, Saxophonist, Composer, GERMANY
Coined the “Great European Saxophonist“ by the Berliner Zeitung, Angelika Niescier is one of the exceptional musicians who has for some time been redefining the contours of the European Jazz scene—an artist on a mission, with boundless energy, a rich palette of color, and virtuoso technique.
Born in Poland, she now resides in Cologne, Germany where she studied at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen.
As a bandleader and composer, she earned some of the most prestigious awards e.g. the German Jazz Award (Albert-Mangelsdorff-Preis), the Echo Jazz, on numerous times the Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and was accepted into the Artist in Residence Program in Moers (Germany), Mexico City, and Tarabya (Turkey).
She has also worked for broadcasting and TV companies such as the Bayrischer Rundfunk, WDR, radio bremen, SWR, HR, and RBB.
As an internationally recognized musician, she has travelled to many countries to perform e.g. at the Winter Jazzfest New York, unerhört! Zürcher Jazzfestival, Vancouver International Jazzfestival, Jazzfest Berlin, and Jazzfestival Molde, and has very often represented her country in different settings all over the world.
She has also worked with some of the big names in the international music scene such as Joachim Kühn, Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis, Gerry Hemingway, Julia Hülsmann, Jim Black, Ralph Alessi, Ernie Watts, IIro Rantala, and many more.
Angelika Niescier has an unstoppable desire for artistic development and exchange, which made her musical journey rich in inspirational encounters and led to works for and collaborations with dance, orchestra and choir, film, and theatre.
John-Dennis Renken Trumpet, Electronics, GERMANY
Also known as JD Renken, he was born in Bremen and is now living in the Ruhr area since 2001 where he studied at the Folkwang University.
He was accepted into the Improviser in Residence program in Moers 2017, and was awarded quite often: in the “jazzwerkruhr” 2007–2010 and “Jazz Bremen” 2005–2007, “Young Energy” Best Soloist Award, and “Jazz Award Ruhr” with his “Zodiak Trio” in 2011.
He was chosen as one of seven European musicians to participate in the „jazzplayseurope“ ensemble, which toured all over Europe in 2011.
In addition, the WDR Big Band also featured him and his music in 2014.
Renken has played in numerous concerts all over the world with bands and musicians like Carla Bley and Steve Swallow, Tribe, NDR Big Band, The Dorf, Angelika Niescier, Eric Schaefer & The Shredz, Marsen Jules, André Nendza’s a.tronic, Niescier-Renken-Kracht-Thomé, Michael Wollny, Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble, Torino Jazz Orchestra, JJO NRW, BuJazzO, Maxime Bender Orchestra, and many more.
He has appeared in many CDs, radio shows, and theatre and TV productions, e.g. ARD, ZDF, BR, NDR, RBB, WDR, and Radio Bremen.
He currently teaches jazz improvisation at the Folkwang University in Essen.
Matthias Akeo Nowak, Double Bass, GERMANY
Matthias studied orchestral music, jazz, and popular music at Musikhochschule Mannheim. After receiving the prestigious DAAD-Scholarship in 2008, Matthias moved to New York to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. After the completion of his studies, he returned to Cologne where he found himself working in a variety of musical contexts and recording for DLF, WDR, HR, or RBB with his current bands—Peter Ehwald’s „Septuor De Grand Matin“, Angelika Niescier’s “Sublim”, the German- British Band „Paragon“—and his own groups „Common Ground“ and „Koi-Trio“. Matthias is touring intensively and has played at international festivals in over 35 countries, such as Jazz Utsav in New Delhi or Eurojazz in Mexico City.
He is also a faculty member of Conservatorium Maastricht.
JJ Tan/ Sound Engineer
Affectionately known as JJ, Jia Jian is a veteran when it comes to sound engineering, having graduated from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE), London. His recording logs include collaborations with the Ling Lei Yin Yue Ren Ensemble, as well as producing albums for the Halo Songwriting Competition and artists such as Ah Niu. JJ was the ADR and Music Editor for the movie Ice Kacang Puppy Love, and also manages Halo Café and Music Rock Cafe. In 2006, he founded JJ Soundworks, which produces classical and live music. He founded The Playhaus from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, he worked with Orang Orang Drum Theatre on a few projects, the most recent work being the album recording of “浪lang4 x lepak” in 2020.
LOH KOK MAN/ Light Engineer
LOH KOK MAN is Artistic Director of PENTAS PROJECT THEATRE PRODUCTION and an established theatre director, actor, lighting designer, set designer and theatre lecturer. He has won The BOH Cameronian Arts Awards for Best Director, for Best Set Design and for Best Lighting Design multiple times. Loh founded Pentas Project Theatre Production in 2005 to produce critical and collaborative contemporary theatre. He is known for his unique way of integrating theatrical elements such as visual imagery, lighting, sound, physical movement and dramatic structures while exploring the concept of space and time.
His directorial credits include "aku", "The Lost and The Ecliptic", "A Modern Woman Called Ang Tau Mui", "Animal Farm", "Double Punctum", "Uda dan Dara", "Red Demon" and "The Swordfish, Then The Concubine". In 2005, Kok Man was invited to New York under a fellowship awarded by the Asian Cultural Council. He has since been invited to participate in numerous international theatre collaboration projects, allowing him to work in Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Shanghai, Macau, Germany, Taiwan and Singapore.
1993年畢業於馬來西亞藝術學院戲劇系，並於2005年創辦了［平台計劃］， 一直致力於搭建橋樑以多元藝術交流為本的團隊。曾獲馬來西亞金馬崙藝術大獎的［最佳導演］、［最佳燈光設計］、［最佳舞台設計］獎的羅國文，創作向來善於綜合多種劇場的元素，尤其是影像、燈光、聲響、演員肢體和劇場的戲劇架構間交錯互動所呈現的效果，豐富了對劇場視覺空間及時間的探索。導演的作品包括了 《aku》、《城失空想》、《［思想＋自分］報告》、《一個名叫紅豆妹的摩登師奶》、《雙重刺點》、《動物農莊》及《劍魚⦿妾》等。
蔡紫滢 Ziying Chua/Space designer:
Chua Zi Ying graduated from New Era University College with a diploma in Drama and Visuals. Later on, in 2019, she completed a major in scenery design at the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan).
Since 2013, she has participated in plenty of theatre productions as a set designer and stage manager. She also founded Nori.y_artwork in 2021, a workspace that includes not only set design, but floristry, installation art, and other decorative designs too.
She went on tour with Onz Production to Macau, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, and also worked with plenty of theatre companies in Taiwan such as Godot Theatre, Ifkids Theatre, Sun Son Theatre, etc. After returning to Malaysia, she joined many theatre productions as Art Director in UTHM and PTUM, and was honored to take part in the Nicholas Teo 2021 online concert as set designer, and in the CHEETAH 2022 S/S22 Fashion Show as stage designer.
She is also a part-time lecturer at New Era University College and a full-time theatre freelancer.