Wednesday, May 31, 2006

(!)

Seorang ex-housemate. Ini ceritanya semasa dia masih menjadi housemate aku. Sekarang dia dah berkahwin, sudah sewa rumah, sudah ada sofa yang besar, sudah ada TV yang sedang, sudah ada kereta kancil. Ini cerita sebelum dia berkereta, semasa dia masih digelar mat scoot.

Flash back......Truingggg....

Bunyi telefon (Ring tone biasa, jangan fantasikan lagu Menuju Puncak). Namanya tertera. Aku angkat.

"Hmm..." aku.
"Weh, keta hang ni pasai apa?" dia.
"Hah, pasai apa keta aku?" aku.
"Ada tanda seruan!" dia. Dalam nada ketakutan.
"Tanda seruan? keta aku kena contiang ka?" Aku. Dengan penuh debaran.
"Dak..dak.. ni, kat dashbord ni, kat sebelah meter." dia.
"Sebelah meter?" aku. Hairan.
"Dia menyala kaler merah. Ada tanda seruan dalam kurungan, menyala kaler merah!" dia. Suaranya semakin ketar.
"Tanda seruan apa pulak ni?" aku. Semakin konpius.
"Ada! Ada! Aku start enjin ja, dia menyala! Awat dia menyala? Selalu camni ka?" dia. Semakin takut.

Aku diam. Bingung. Tanda seruan dalam kurungan? Warna merah? Seperti pernah kulihat tapi di mana ya?

"Weh, la ni lagu mana?" dia. Semakin tidak sabar.

Ooooooooo.....hehehehehe

"Woi! handbreak dah turun ka belum ka?" aku. Tersenyum.
"Belum." dia. Blur.
"Itu sign handbreak, dah hang tak turunkan hand break dia nyala la. Cuba hang turunkan!" aku. Sudah mula ketawa.
"Oooooo....." dia. Yang memiliki lesen terbang.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Dari Hati dan Nadi

Suara kasih yang tidak ternyata di bibir
Bergema hanya di dalam maya pada hati
Hati yang telah lama tersayat duri
Duri dari insan lain yang memandang sepi
Bukan kucari damai di hati
Bukan juga mencari penawar pedih peri
Tidak kuperlukan segala belas darimu
Tidak aku mahukan simpatimu
Dan rintangan yang datang terpaksa aku leraikan
Sendiri
Telah aku harungi
Segala onak dan duri
Sendiri
Untuk merintih tiada beerti
Tetapi fahamilah
Aku buntu di sini
Jiwa kukeraskan
Hatiku tegarkan
Untuk dia
Untuk aku
Tangan ini menadah
Mengadu rasa gundah
Tetapi bukan engkau tempat aku meminta
Hanya kepadaNya
Tempat aku berserah
Di luar itu pasir
Di luar itu debu
Kelabu
Sayup terdengar lagu irama syahdu
Irama dari hatiku
Namun adakah yang mahu tahu
Perjalanan waktu mengajar diri lebih tabah
Mendidik jiwa mensyukuri nikmatNya
Di hujung sana ada cahaya
Sinarnya bergema menerangi segala
Kulihat aku
Kulihat dia
Kulihat mereka
Bahagia
Pengorbanan berlandaskan keihklasan terbalas jua
Kesabaran menempuh rintangan
Berbuah kepuasan sejahtera
Di luar kini angin
Di luar kini udara
Aku masih bernafas
Dan mereka masih bernyawa
Bernafas dan bernyawa kerana jiwa-jiwa yang tulus
Ikhlas dan jujur membantu
Tiada kata seindah bahasa
Dapat mengukir seribu rasa


-Puisi untuk persembahan pentomin OKU Permatang Damar Laut sempena Sambutan Maulidur Rasul peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang 2006- orang kata best, aku kata tak best

Friday, May 26, 2006

Sepetang bersama Asrul

Anak mak angkat aku. Umurnya 4 tahun. Lelaki. Baru sahaja pandai cakap. Asrul namanya.

"Asrul nak abang lukis apa?" Kata aku.
"Lukis bulan!" Kata Asrul

Aku pun lukis satu bulatan yang tersenget-senget sikit.

"Nah bulan!"
"Yeay, bulan!" Asrul tepuk tangan.
"Nak apa lagi?" Soal aku.
"Lukis rumah abang!" Pinta Asrul

Aku tinggal di rumah flet, jadi aku pun lukis sebuah bangunan yang rupanya kotak.

"Bukan, ni rumah Asrul, lukis rumah abang!"
"La, rumah abang la ni."
"Bukan...bukan...ini..rumah..Asrul..lukis..rumah..abang.." Jelas Asrul sepatah-sepatah (macamlah aku tak paham apa yang dia cakap.)

"Samalah, abang duduk flet jugak macam hang. Pulau Pinang ni semua flet!"

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Coming up next week at TASGreenhall... Datanglah sayang...


THE ACTORS STUDIO GREENHALL PRESENTS
THIS IS ACOUSTIC! Part III

The recent recognition of homegrown singer-songwriters has fueled the need for an “avenue for appreciation” to bring budding, yet-to-be discovered talents to local audiences.

“This Is Acoustic” or TIA, an acoustic gig supported by The Actors Studio, plans to do just that. TIA may be a fairly new gig in town (being formed in May 2005), but the concept is appealing: featuring all original compositions, new singer-songwriters get the opportunity to perform their stuff in a comfortable, acoustic setting. No need for qualms nor butterflies; in TIA, every performer is equal.

Despite that, TIA acknowledges that every performer is also unique, with something to share and something to learn from. Through its gigs, audience and performers alike will be able to appreciate the uniqueness in the various compositions and performing styles.

TIA wants the audience too, to take home the TIA experience by encouraging performers to interact and involve their audience in the gigs. The lines between “audience” and “performers” are blurred so that essentially, what remains are music lovers who respect the talent for songwriting and original music.

Date: 26th & 27th May 2006 (Friday – Saturday)
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: The Actors Studio Greenhall
Admission by donation of RM20

Featuring: Ian Chow, Tony Leo, Daniel Chan and Moe with guest appearance by Tan Sei Hon

Performers’ Biodata:

Ian Chow
Ian's interest in music started way back in primary school when he played the soprano recorder in his school band. While in secondary school, he formed an alternative rock band, Caveat Emptor, where he was the vocalist / lyricist, with whom he recorded two demos.

With his growing interest in music, he later learnt to play the guitar / harmonica and started to venture into composing. When Caveat Emptor came to an end in 2001, he formed One Half Cup together with together with his schoolmate, which was based on a clique concept. In 2004, they recorded and released their first EP.

Along the way, Ian joined The Young KL Singers (YKLS) in which he sings Tenor. There, he also experienced another angle in performing by immersing himself in various aspects of the choir from producing two full length concerts to stage management and marketing of the productions. In the later part of 2004, Ian co-founded the charity arm of YKLS, "Voices of Hope", a community outreach programme (in giving basic vocal and guitar lesson) for the under privileged children.

Most recently, Ian founded and produced a new series of acoustic gigs entitled, "This Is Acoustic!" supported by The Actors Studio.

Wanting to get a new exposure, Ian goes solo and released his debut solo EP, "Reflections" in May 2005. "Reflections" is in the alternative pop/rock genre where his experiences brought to life through his songs. His songs can be downloaded in MusicCanteen.com as well as www.download.com/ianchow.

Ian is currently attached with The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre as the Theatre Supervisor.

Tony Leo Selvaraj
Tony began guitar-playing and song-writing when he was 14. He also picked up other instruments such as the bass guitar, drums and percussion in an effort to expand his knowledge in song composition and song arrangement. He has played many genres of music beginning with alternative and rock to blues and dance music and particularly loves playing and writing songs in tribalic and upbeat tempo.

He is one of the founders for Da Funk Project and Da Praise Project band. He has also played as singer-songwriter in This Is Acoustics II recently. Currently, he is active in the music ministry of his church and teaches music full-time at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center (Academy @ KLPac), The Acts School Of Arts, and his own students. He will be embarking on an album soon with Da Praise Project.

Daniel Chan
Daniel Chan took his first music lesson when he was the age of five until Grade 5. Later in school, he picks up clarinet and along the way, he learned up bass and drum. Recently, he also underwent vocal training under the tutelage of Mak Chi Hoe.

Daniel who is also a self taught guitarist, ventured into composing at the age of 14 and he started exposing his song through his church youth group. In 2002, he made his debut album with the group Sand and in 2004, one of his composition, Turning Around was featured in their second album entitled Dreams. Together with this group, he went around Malaysia performing in various churches.

Recently, Daniel has gotten the opportunity to be the regular performer in one of the local cafĂ©. One other of his memorable performances includes the 2005 Methodist Girls School, Penang’s “Musical Evening” which he was invited to perform alongside with the 1st Malaysian Idol finalist, Victor.

Moe
Moe is a self-taught guitarist and one of the founding members of the band, Six String Samurai. He currently plays bass for the band. Moe studied music during his years at Uplands International School of Penang where he played cello for the school orchestra. During that time, he also performed in the musical – West Side Story. He also played for the Washington Middle School Honor Orchestra.

Together with his band, he has played in various gigs including IPG Fantasy Gig, Recharge Jam and Dzap Dau Dau in Penang. As a soloist, he has also made various appearances at local events. Moe's style of music can be described as emo-rock. His songs are based on his experiences and acts as a mirror to his life and cultural environment. Occasionally, Moe also busks at Ferringhi Walk, Batu Ferringhi.

Tan Sei Hon
Sei Hon, the co-founder of Troubadours Enterprise, first spotted at one of Joe Kidd's excellent 'Unclogged' gigs. Although largely unknown to wider audiences, Sei Hon is a charismatic performer and a talented songwriter, with songs touching upon politics, religion and an illusive thing called love.

He is currently pursuing his M.A (Fine Art) in Universiti Sains Malaysia and used to be a lecturer of art history and art theory at a few local colleges. He spends most of his time painting, but performs music occasionally at indie gigs in town. A man of principle, he makes it a point never to disappoint.

For all bookings call 04 2635400 or email to greenhall@theactorsstudio.com.my

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