A live performance three years in the making, the tribute will premiere as YSDAF 2023’s pre-festival spotlight
by HAZATUL SYIMA HARON
”TRUE Love Waits”, a track by English rock band Radiohead, was launched in 2016 after the band labored on the track for 21 years.
Equally, albeit not as lengthy a wait, “True Love Waits: A Radi- ohead Tribute” took three years earlier than its upcoming premiere as Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Competition (YSDAF) 2023’s pre-festival high- mild on Aug 10-13 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac).
True to Radiohead’s inventive spirit that defies being pigeon- holed in a selected model or style, the ground-breaking strategy inthe upcoming tribute permit s audiences to expertise their belovedsongs in a complete new mild, fairly actually, by way of music, move- ment, mild and visuals.
This multi-sensorial expertise is the brainchild of director and music director Ian Chow, winner of the Greatest Musical Course on the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, along with his partners-in-crime — director and music director Mak Chi Hoe and co-director and choreographer Kenny Shim.
Chow is thought for pushing the boundaries of choral repertoire and was additionally behind The Younger KL Singers’ (YKLS) award-winning “Aurora: A Tribute to Bjork” (Greatest Group Efficiency — Vocal, BOH Cameronian Arts Awards).
When explaining his most difficult challenge to this point, Chow mentioned rehearsal began in January 2020 with the plan to premiere it in August that yr at YSDAF. However the pandemic modified every part.
“We re-started not as soon as, not twice however 3 times, rehearsing after we might whereas coping with inventive group members and virtually 70% of the solid leaving, some migrating whereas others shifting on to different initiatives.
“It was creatively exhausting and irritating to maintain issues going for 3 years however because of an awesome group, right here we’re, lastly prepared for audiences.”
This tribute takes you thru the band’s legacy as one of many biggest bands of all time. Seven of the band’s singles made it to the UK’s Single Chart high 10 and followers shall be stoked to listen to lots of them together with “Creep”, their debut single, proper as much as their newest providing “True Love Waits”.
Organized by Dr Tracy Wong, the harmonies shall be delivered by the 30-strong YKLS, backed by cellist Eugene Chong, electrical guitarist Daniel Lee, loop programmer Ian Francis Khoo and dancers from the Kenny Shim Dance Collective.
Boy genius Wee Jia Foong won’t solely make use of LED mild set up but in addition multimedia design to create a surprising visible narrative. Some might recognise his latest design work for the a lot talked about “Psycosynthesis”, additionally choreographed by Shim.
Now, don’t anticipate your ordinary sit-down live performance. Audiences on this freestanding live performance shall be surrounded by performers on a U formed stage, and are free to maneuver alongside and expertise it from completely different angles.
Because the YSDAF 2023 spotlight takes centre stage, “True Love Waits: A Radiohead Tribute’’ is simply one of many 350+ thrilling acts and actions at YSDAF 2023, Malaysia’s largest free-for-all arts pageant. Go to www.ysdartsfestival.com. my for the full pageant schedule and line-up.
Licensed by the Music Authors’ Copyright Safety (MACP), the live performance will premiere as a pre-festival spotlight and ticketed fundraiser for klpac on Aug 10-13, with a repeat efficiency throughout the pageant finale on Aug 19-20. Pre-fe tival tickets are priced at RM30 and RM100 (Patron of the Arts), and may be bought on-line through https://bit.ly/TLWRadiohead.
- This text first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print version