👉🏼 ASSOY 11.1 : Morgan (LKW) present Latent Sonorities set 2 feat Cherrly Ong & Khyam Allami

Cheryl Ong is a percussionist who is active in music performance and education and regularly performs with avant rock group, The Observatory. Though classically trained, she consistently struggles with the fact that classical music can be divisive and limited in form. Tired of being a mere technician, Ong has gone on to explore improvisational and experimental practices in recent years, hunting down new ideas and sounds.

Apart from her involvement with The Observatory, her recent performances include RATA: new grounds, new sounds with the RATA Orkestra (2022, Singapore); All Ears Festival (2020, Norway) with the Guro (Dyna)Moe Revolution Sextet; AngelicA Festival (2019, Bologna) in a duo with Vivian Wang; and Kombo at CTM Festival (2019, Berlin). Her solo composition »Hejira« was used in the closing credits of Singaporean filmmaker Yeo Siew Hua’s award-winning film, A Land Imagined. Cheryl Ong was also part of the curatorial team of Nusasonic, a project that aimed to strengthen ties between experimental music scenes in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Khyam Allami is an Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, researcher, and founder of Nawa Recordings. His artistic research and practice explore experimental composition and improvisation based on and inspired by, the fundamentals of Arabic music and culture.

During the US/UK-led invasion and destruction of Iraq in 2003 Allami found himself to be »out of balance« with himself and his history and in 2004—aged 23—began to study oud, Arabic, and Iraqi music with Iraqi Oud master Ehsan Emam in London. He rapidly became a performer of international renown. His 2011 debut solo album, Resonance/Dissonance was widely critically praised and led him to high-profile performances across Europe and the Arab world including the BBC Proms (UK), WOMAD (UK), Supersonic (UK), CTM (DE), Incubate (NL) and Irtijal (LB).

Recent works include »Requiem for the 21st Century,« an immersive Oud-based installation for Opera North (UK), »Ma-a aba ud mena gin Ma-a di-di-in,« a string quartet for JACK quartet (US), and »Apotome,« a collaborative project with Counterpoint Studio which was awarded the inaugural Isao Tomita Special Prize at Ars Electronica 2021. Allami holds a BA and Masters in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London, and a Ph.D. in composition from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University (UK).



👉🏼 ASSOY 11.2 #soyandsynth 2022 set 4 feat Debbie Chia + Verónica Mota recorded at Morphineraum