On cloud nine with A9 Strings

The striking feature of a piano may be its black and ivory keys, but each note actually comes from the vibration of strings, hammered down with each pressing. It is no surprise that this subtle intricacy is what inspired musicians, Dennis Law and Rohnie Tan to name their band, “A9 strings”. “Piano has eight A strings and a violin has only one A string. So both instruments sum up to nine A strings,”Rohnie tells Eksentrika. The duo got together a year ago, with Rohnie on the violin and Dennis with piano, serenading with soulful sounds that can be termed in the local lingo as “jiwang”. “Dennis thought...

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POETRY | Living Will by Georgette Tan

Painting by Romanian artist, Saddo. image credit: theinspirationgrid.com When I die, take whatever still works. Dispose of the rest in a manner That is the kindest to the earth. Throw a big party that I won’t go to even if I were alive So you can stand around And say to each other, things about me That you won’t to say to my face. Don’t pray for my soul. The dead don’t care about Where your vehicle of grief is crashing. Twenty-one grams of maybes Will not fill an air bag. When I die, there will be no fighting Over...

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POETRY | Primogeniture by Deborah Wong

Behold the butterfly’s lips of swirling beanstalk, Contouring face, Entangling several huntress knots, a girl/this girl refused to commit the patriarchal system, leaving behind the delusion she’d suffered for long like a lovechild over lashes of grace; A dream that has appeared by the river bank, in the blanks, asking her to fill them There, she portrays with a vivid smile, unwrapping the last-ditch. She looks on as the salt water breeze’s feeding – upon her eyes, nose and unspoken lips, Edelweiss is the mouthpiece, she uses to whisper – of petals tarnished by daffodils, to represent her loyalty...

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Dog lover turned canine artist paints animals in provocative positions

Image credit: Gladys Simpson Catching her pet dog sleeping belly up and legs wide open by accident inspired Gladys Simpson to paint animals in unusual “provocative” positions four-years ago. After painting her dog, Kuro, Gladys then turned to her friends to submit images of their pets in funny, awkward and provocative positions. “I asked for belly up, awkward positions of their pets and the photos rolled in!” Gladys relates to Eksentrika. Ever since then, “the accidental pet artist” experimented with graphite, colour pencils and water colours to create her art pieces. “Graphite or colour pencils take much longer than an acrylic...

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Contenglah…but not the walls! What Contenglah really means

Have you been itching to doodle in the LRT Masjid Jamek tunnel after seeing the amazing works by Sanuri Zulkefli and Superdoofus aka Arif Rafhan Othman? Unfortunately, unless you’ve been commissioned as an artist to do that, your painstaking doodle efforts on the walls will have to be scrubbed away. But But But WHY? We know it drives you to tears but actually, as tempting as the available white space looks, combined with title “Contenglah” which can be construed as an invite but actually…it’s merely an expression. Contenglah organiser and member of Doodle Malaysia, Allie Hill clarifies that the theme and title,...

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*** Untuk membaca Bahagian 1.   Puisi Sanskrit berjudul Megha Duta mengangkat watak yaksa (makhluk mitos separuh manusia dan separuh dewa) yang meminta segumpal awan menjadi duta bagi menyampaikan pesanan kepada isterinya. Dalam mitos dan purana Hindu, muncul Kubera yang merupakan Dewa Kekayaan. Kita mungkin lebih mengenali Dewi Lakshmi yang turut diraikan dalam sambutan Navaratiri. Kubera pula jauh lebih kaya-raya, sehingga kesemua vasu (dewa-dewi) akan menemuinya – atau memujanya – untuk mendapatkan kekayaan. Malah, Dewa Venkateshwara juga terpaksa meminjam wang daripada Kubera untuk melangsungkan perkahwinan dengan Dewi Padmawati. Secara mudah, kedudukan Kubera dalam kalangan dewa-dewi adalah seperti golongan Chettiar di...

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Shakespeare play in 16-Bit? Whut??

Image credit klpac Fancy enjoying Shakespeare through the nostalgic lens of 90’s video games? You know, ala Mortal Kombat and Chrono Trigger? Presented by the Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat, 16-Bit Coriolanus takes place in a modern post-war setting. The story centres on Roman general Caius Marcius who had earned himself the title of “Coriolanus” for his efforts in thwarting foreign intruders from invading his city. Being promoted as a Consul, he uses this as an advantage to take a case against modern democracy. Played by Dinesh Kumar, Caius Marcius believes democracy is a weak and easily manipulated system. The play...

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PPAP – a critical dissection of Piko-Taro’s Freudian fruit fetish

Unless you’ve been hiding with frogs under a coconut shell you’ve probably heard and seen Piko-Taro’s viral hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP). Equally infectious and befuddling, let’s take a look at what lies behind its success. It’s short. PPAP doesn’t mess around or waste time. Like a mosquito it gets straight to the point, infects you and then leaves, stealing a part of your brain as it goes. The tune. Melodically the song could hardly be simpler. The introduction consists of a short descending arpeggio, otherwise the rest of the song is based around just one chord (C#) played on a...

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Where is Fahmi Reza?

Probably by now you would be familiar about activist Fahmi Reza who raised quite a shit storm through his bold caricature of Najib Razak as a clown in January this year. A catalyst for introducing protest art at the Bersih rallies, the activist cum political graphic designer is now missing in action. That’s right. Missing. His last Facebook update was on Sept 16. His recent Twitter activity is a re-tweet of a Malaysiakini news-piece of his clown face charge dating a month back – Sept 4 (it says Sept 5 at the bottom but do check Fahmi’s Twitter profile @kuasasiswa). Cyber Court to decide on stay for...

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Art will always be alive and kicking in Malaysia

Image credit: Robolism We are all of us artists. Some of us know how to channel it into a living and some of us are still struggling. But all of us need inspiration and encouragement from time to time. This is what Eksentrika is all about. A website with your stories and for people like you.     Whether you are a writer, illustrator, musician, thespian, chef or all of the above, we know you have an amazing story to share and we want to do just that. With these stories of struggle and achievement in the local art scene, we...

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Need inspiration for Inktober? Check out these 3 visual artists

Want to power up your art inspiration for Inktober this weekend? Artemis Art in Publika is hosting “Expressions”, an exhibition of recent works by three young Malaysian visual artists, Izzat Aziz, Keat Leong, and Nazmi Ismail. Izzat, who was the grand prize winner in Nando’s Malaysia’s “PERI-fy Your Art” competition in 2013, has produced pieces featuring the mystical elements of Malay culture, especially the ones long forgotten by today’s society. In his works, the 27-year-old aims to showcase a more colorful and interesting perspective of the Malay culture, than what is generally known to most. Keat Leong, 28, attempts to depict nostalgia and inner piece...

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Live doodle in Masjid Jamek | Sanuri Zulkefli

‘Penglipur lara (Storyteller)’ – Life is filled with stories and narratives that bring meaning and guidance. Let’s remember that life is not just for pleasure, but also for us to learn to be better people, to be stewards of the earth and to always glorify Allah the Almighty. This is the largest artwork I have produced since, 8 x 5 ft. I painted this over four days in the pedestrian tunnel of the Masjid Jamek LRT station. 6 Oktober – 9 Oktober My four days painting at the station were filled with memories and stories. On the first day, I...

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august, 2018

12jul - 12augjul 128:30 pmaug 12COMPANY

13jul - 13augjul 138:30 pmaug 13COMPANY

14jul - 14augjul 148:30 pmaug 14COMPANY

15jul - 15augjul 158:30 pmaug 15COMPANY

11aug8:30 pm- 10:00 pmintim sessions #9

18aug - 19aug 1811:00 amaug 19Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival (YSDAF) 2018

18aug - 19aug 1811:00 amaug 19Life Sdn Bhd: Issues (YSD Arts Festival)

24aug - 28aug 248:30 pmaug 28Adam! The Musical

25aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmROJAK – Celebrating Diversity