Author: Sukhbir Cheema

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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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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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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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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From the Nadir of Life Comes Rare Music

Hitting rock bottom would naturally make anyone shut down completely. But not for this bunch of eight talented young musicians who conceived a band two-years-ago and named it “Nadir”. “Nadir represents many things in different languages,” the band’s leader, Ashwin Gobinath tells Eksentrika. Ashwin, who is also the band’s spokesperson said in Arabic, the word means “dearly loved” or “rare”. And truth be told, with Ashwin on the drums, veteran Zaim Zaidee on bass, Stephanie Tham on keys, Lor Phaik Sim manning the synths, Adil Johan on the saxophone, Santosh Logandran providing sounds via his Tabla and Carnatic vocals,...

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