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ThirdSpace Sessions #8: Beat Off - RSVP to reserve your seats!
ThirdSpace Sessions presents
Beat Off

Beat Off showcases exploratory methods for percussion focus showcasing various ways of interpreting rhythm featuring three distinct approaches. The night will feature the talents of SAtheCollective drummers Govin Tan and Anson Koh blending asian rhythms with contemporary drumming, Darren Moore on snare and Yong Yandsen on sax blurring the definitions of rhythm and sound can be with extended techniques and tight interplay, and finally classically trained percussionist Max Riefer and Peter Edwards on electronics taking sound into outer space.


Date: 20 September 2019, Friday
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: ThirdSpace, 90 Goodman Rd, Goodman Arts Centre, Block B, #05-02 Singapore 439053

Ticket Price
$18 (Public) - one free drink
$8 (Students/NSF/Unemployed)
*Payment via Paylah/Paynow! or cash at the door


Watch the previous ThirdSpace Sessions #7: Campur here: https://youtu.be/c3At9sj9a0w

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Bio of Performers
Darren Moore Bio
Born in Scotland, raised in Australia and based in Singapore, Darren Moore (b.1974) is a drummer and electronic musician working in the fields of jazz, experimental music and multimedia throughout South East Asia, Australia, Japan and Europe. Improvisation is central to his practice maintaining a through-line in his approach to varying projects and activities.

Darren trained at the Western Australian Conservatorium where he completed a Certificate in Classical Percussion in 1993 and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Drumming in 1997. In 2013 he completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Queensland Conservatorium that looked at the adaptation of Carnatic Indian rhythms to the drum set.

After his formative years living in Perth, London, Melbourne and Sydney, he moved to Singapore in 2006 to teach popular music studies at Lasalle College of the Arts and became active on the jazz and experimental music scenes in South East Asia and Japan. Darren moved to Tokyo for 3 years in 2015 where he was active playing with many of the Tokyo scene's more adventurous improvisers. He returned to Singapore mid-2018 to recommence work at LASALLE College of the Arts as lecturer in music.

His current projects include a trio with Toshimaru Nakamura (no input mixer) and Hirose Junji (sax), Noise-Jazz group Game of Patience featuring Malaysian saxophonist Yong Yandsen and American bass player Brian O’Reilly, audio-visual modular synth duo Black Zenith, quartet with Akira Sakata (sax), Simon Nabatov (piano) and Takashi Seo (bass) and free jazz duo FFF!!! with Japanese pianist Suga Dairo, as well as being the music director for bio-art project ‘cellF’.



Max Riefer Bio
Max Riefer (Germany/Malaysia), "Director of Percussion Studies" at Universiti Teknologi Mara UiTM Faculty of Music/Malaysia and coach of the new music ensemble „Opus Novus“ at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music/ Singapore, has performed as soloist and chamber musician at international festivals like MaerzMusik (Berlin), Tokyo Experimental Festival (Japan), Wien Modern (Austria), Asean-China Music Week Nanning (China), soundbridge (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), two days and two nights of new music (Odessa, Ukraine), Cracking Bamboo and Gongs&Skins (Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar), SIP Fest (Indonesia) and the SoundwaysFestival (St. Petersburg, Russia). He has further appeared as Soloist in Zhou Long’s percussion concerto „Da Qu“ with the Guangxi Chinese Orchestra.

Currently, he is the percussionist with WuShian(Singapore) and Zero Crossing (Germany/Singapore). He has also played with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and Zeitkratzer (Berlin). Percussionists Steven Schick and Johannes Fischer, Flutist Robert Aitken or Violoncellist Julian Steckel rank among his chamber music partners.

Max Riefer served as a lecturer of the Percussion Faculty at the Conservatory of Music Lugano (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana), Switzerland from 2010 to 2012, and gave masterclasses and lectures at the Birmingham Conservatoire (UK); Toho Gakuen School of Music; Tokyo Ongaku Daigaku (both Japan), Mannheim University of Music (Germany) and Mahidol College of Music (Thailand)and many other schools in Europe and Asia.

Max Riefer had studied at the Freiburg Music University with Prof. Bernhard Wulff and Prof. Taijiro Miyazaki and at the Toho Orchestra Academy (Japan) with Prof. Yoshiyuki Tsukada and Prof. Kyoichi Sano.
He is an endorser of Vibrawell Mallets and Pre du Rhin instruments.



Peter Ivan Edwards Bio
Peter Ivan Edwards (USA/Singapore) is a composer who explores sound as a means to articulate energy, shape, narrative, and perspective. He employs computer-assisted and algorithmic means as a creative tool for experimentation and development of his music. His works have been performed at festivals including Darmstadt Summer Courses (Germany), MATA Festival (New York), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Wien Modern (Austria), and June in Buffalo (New York) by numerous performers and ensembles including Ensemble Interface (Frankfurt), Ensemble SurPlus (Freiburg), Ensemble Chronophonie (Freiburg), Ensemble Ascolta (Stuttgart), Ensemble Selisih (Freiburg), handwerk (Cologne), Ensemble Phoenix Basel, red fish blue fish (San Diego), amongst others. Edwards is also active as an improviser, performing on electronic instruments with the experimental groups Ang Mo Faux (2008-2013) and Zero Crossing (2013-present). His music is available on NEOS Music, Albany Records, and Palace of Lights.

Edwards was born in New York and studied composition at Northwestern University; the University of California, San Diego; and the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. His principal composition teachers were Chaya Czernowin and Nicolaus A. Huber.


Yong Yandsen Bio
Yong Yandsen is an experimental and free jazz musician from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He co-runs Malaysian-based Lao Ban Records and is one of the co-founders of the EMACM (Experimental Musicians & Artists Co-operative) collective, promoting avant-garde and experimental music and expressions in Malaysia. Guitar was his first intrument that he drop for tenor saxophone some years ago. Free tenor sax with strong breath and playing with pitch in a lyrical style that make Yandsen related to Albert Ayler, Kaoru Abe or Masayoshi Urabe.

Born in Scotland, raised in Australia and based in Singapore, Darren Moore (b. 1974) is a drummer and electronic musician whose approach to music balances fire and energy with subtlety and timing. He considers creative improvisation as central to his artistic practice whether he is making music on the drums or analogue modular synthesisers. He works predominantly in the fields of jazz, rock, experimental and improvised music styles and has performed throughout Australia, South-East Asia, Japan and Europe. www.darren-moore.net.



Anson Koh Bio
Anson is a drummer and an Associate Artist with SAtheCollective. He plays for both bands and artists in the local scene, from Wicked Aura, Cold Cut Quartet to Nathan Hartono. He graduated with a Diploma in Music from LaSalle College of the Arts, and was the winner of the Singapore Drumoff 2016.

His professional career in teaching and performance started at the age of 18, which has taken him to the countries of India, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia. While his biggest interest lies in R&B, Funk and Hip-Hop drumming, Anson wants to diversify his musicality and explore different genres and ways of playing music.



Govin Tan Bio
Govin Tan | गोविन | 陈国俊
Govin Tan started his music education at the age of 5 and he only started learning the art of Indian Music - Tabla at the age of 12 with Mr. Chandra Sekaran (Singapore) and subsequently furthered his craft with Jagjit Singh (India, Punjab).
With perseverance and diligence, Govin was the first non-Indian to win the National Indian Music Competition in 2006 (Tabla Intermediate Category) and 2008 (Tabla Open Category) respectively.

Govin's curiosity leads him to learn various eastern and western instruments such as Dholak, Dong Xiao (Bamboo Flute), Naqqara, Ghatam, Pakhawaj, Drum-Kit, Marimba, Pandeiro. At current, he is experimenting with the addition of other percussions and toys to the Tabla as a form of accompaniment to form his 'Tabla Kit'.

On numerous occasions, Govin has appeared on National Television, movie and theater productions. He has recorded original soundtracks for Channel NewsAsia’s (CNA) “Post General Election 2012 – The New Normal” program, Art Less Travelled, Eric Khoo’s movie; My Magic where the film was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival, President Star Charity, Singapore Grand Prix, “Trikon – The War Within” – Theatre, “Percussion 101” for SG50 – Dr. Robert Casteels, Destination Arts by Channel News Asia.

Govin’s very grateful to have been presented with opportunities to travel & perform alongside other musicians. Not forgetting his roots, Govin introduces Singapore’s culture and music to countries like the United States (Philadelphia), South Korea (Busan & Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), United Kingdom (Llangollen), India, China (Quan Zhou, Beijing, Xia Men) and Australia (Melbourne).

Over the years, Govin participated in the “World Music Choir Competition” – South Korea; Busan & Seoul in 2009, “ASEAN-Korea Traditional Orchestra (AKTO)” – South Korea; Seoul in 2011, “The Exuberance of Youth” & “The Elegance of Nanyin” – Singapore Chinese Orchestra in 2011 respectively, “East-West Encounters” - Hong Kong Baptist University in 2012 and “ASEAN Commemorative Summit” – India; New Delhi, ASEAN Arts Festival in Brunei.
In 2013, Govin graduated with a Diploma in Sonic Arts and completed his Degree in Music Performance at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2018. Besides performing full-time with his group 'Flame Of The Forest, Govin is also a drum instructor at 'My Drum School'.
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