Pak Yan Lau (BE)
Our day program on Sunday starts with a solo performance from the amazing Pak Yan Lau!
Pak Yan Lau, born in Belgium, with roots from Hong Kong and now based in Brussels is a sound artist, improviser, musician and composer, who has developed over the years a rich, dense and captivating sound universe from prepared pianos, toy pianos, synths, electronics and various sound objects. Skilfully blending electro-acoustic approaches, she explores sound in a bewitching way, merging different sound sources with poetry, magic and finesse.
Her solo efforts were documented among others on the excellent recording “BOOKS” (2015), magnificent wooden object-trilogy released on the Silent Water label where it explores in 3 distinct parts the world of synthesizers-samplers-electronics, then the world of harmonics and metallic basses of various “toy pianos”, and finally the interior of a prepared grand piano, transforming its conventional sound into an enveloping tense sound weave.
As an improviser she has shared music with wonderful musicians such as Chris Corsano, Akira Sakata, Darin Gray, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mette Rasmussen, Rie Nakajima, Toshimaru Nakamura, Susana Santos Silva, Manuel Mota, Paolo Angeli, Lynn Cassiers, João Lobo, Giovanni Di Domenico, Norberto Lobo, Mathieu Ha, Mori-Shige, Daysuke Takaoka, Manja Ristic, Lionel Malric, Audrey Chen and many more.
Her recent album ‘Trudge Lightly’ (2020) was released on By The Bluest Of Seas label, where she paired up with bassist Darin Gray.
She has toured different festivals and venues in Europe, UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.