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South East Asia Tour

(Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore)

Avantguitar is a creative collaboration between experimental guitarists across the world. Through preparations, extended techniques, electronics and a free-spirited approach to guitar playing; the vision is to push existing boundaries of how one traditionally experiences the guitar.

10 concerts, 3 countries and 5 musicians, who in their own unique and personal way, “hack” the guitar with the aim of creating genre-defying music and sonics as yet unheard of.

Avantguitar Tour 2016 line up

● Dharma (Singapore)
Best known as the former guitarist of Singapore avant-rock group The Observatory, Dharma was with the band for the first seven albums. His initial approach stemmed from guitar experimentations with effects, later incorporating objects to bring it to a grittier, mystical and industrial sonic dimension. Dharma’s solo practice, which came to fore with his 2013 solo debut, Intergranular Space, has opened up new vistas for his guitar work. Using prepared and extended techniques, his guitar no longer just plays notes and chords, but conjures forth colours, textures and even beats.

● Yngel (Denmark)
Yngel is a Danish experimental-guitar duo who search for the boundaries of how you can use the electric guitar through composition and improvisation. They use simple tools such as stones and metal objects to explore and interweave different approaches to the guitar and its sound. Yngel draws as much influence from free jazz and punk, as they do from classical and folklore. The duo is born out of Copenhagen’s wide experimental underground scene. The Copenhagen-based duo consists of Taus Bregnhøj-Olesen & Emil Palme.


● Ikbal (Indonesia)
Ikbal is an Indonesian musician, instrument builder, improvisator and illustrator, actively collaborating with various forms of music from classical, ethnic, electronic, noise, experimental and metal. His current focus is on developing the functions of stringed musical instruments, especially the guitar. In addition to creating programs, workshops and musical clinics, he has also participated in several residencies and collaboration programs in Asia and Europe. As a musician and artist, Ikbal swore not to be “locked” by any specific musical territory in the search for freedom.


● Asger Thomsen (Denmark)
Thomsen is primarily working as a double bass player and composer in the field of improvised music with and without notated material. Asger Thomsen has established himself as a strong improvisor in the Copenhagen scene and can be heard in many different contexts spanning from alternative pop to free/experimental jazz and avant-garde.


● C-drík (DR Congo)
Born in Zaire (Congo, DR), C-drík aka Kirdec has been involved since the late 1980s in the electronic and experimental music network, including works for video, theatre and choreography, essays and lectures. He has collaborated with various projects such as Axiome, Ambre or Tasjiil Moujahed to name a few and performed or recorded with dozens of artists among them Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn), Mark Spybey (Dead Voices On Air, Download), Cindytalk, Yan Jun (etc.). C-drík’s music has been published on renowned labels like Ad Noiseam, Hymen or Ant-Zen, he is owner of Syrphe, a platform (label, radio, etc.) mostly dedicated to electronic and experimental music from Asia and Africa. He’s also an author and recently co-wrote with Dimitri della Faille the book Not Your World Music : Noise In South East Asia.