Drums / Modular Synth / Improvisation
ACHIM KAUFMANN/FRANK GRATKOWSKI/WILBERT DE JOODE/YONG YANDSEN/KOK SIEW WAI/DARREN MOORE
The latest Laoban release Kay-El takes its name from Kuala Lumpur - the home of LaoBan Records. The record is a double trio album featuring Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann and Wilbert De Joode with the trio of Yong Yandsen, Darren Moore and Kok Siew Wai. Recorded live in KL in January 2020, this beautifully recorded album captures stunning playing from the full ensemble and tracks by both trios. Although it was the first time the two trio's had played together, each member allows the music space to breathe while being ready to strike with reflex punctuations. Pre-order for CD and digital download (with one bonus track) is available on Bandcamp from July 24 and ships from August 28.
YONG YANDSEN/DARREN MOORE
Pan Mee is an ode to one of Malaysia’s most famous dishes. Done right, it is insanely good and made spicy, even better. Pan Mee is the sophomore release for Yong Yandsen on saxophone and Darren Moore on drums on LaoBan Records. The record is a balanced overture of spice, sweetness, savoury, sour and depth. Layered textures that blend to produce new tastes to make you sweat.
YEAR OF MENACE
GAME OF PATIENCE
The latest release from Game of Patience, 'Year of Menace' crosses the comfort threshold with reproductive cells of electronic and acoustic particles decimating the staid state of tradition; creating future sounds for tomorrow's sorrow. Year of Menace is electro-acoustic improv at its most daring and inspired and a product of telepathic communication between Yong Yandsen on tenor, Brian O'Reilly on contrabass and electronics and Darren Moore on snare and percussion. Out now on LaoBan Records.
Life is Improvisation
Darren Moore is a drummer, electronic musician and researcher working in the fields of jazz, improvisation, experimental music and multimedia throughout South East Asia, Australia, Japan and Europe. He believes life itself is an improvisation, weaving this spirit into everything he does. Darren lives in Singapore with his family where bases his musical activities and works as a Lecturer in Music at Lasalle College of the Arts.