PAK YAN LAU: HIDDEN SOULS AND CURIOUS OBJECTS (A PERSONAL TAKE)
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 these sound sources with poetry, magic and finesse.
She has toured different festivals and venues in Europe, UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.
2021 saw several releases, among which her 6 piece ensemble Bakunawa, which explores a combination of unconventional instrumentation (gong rods, toy pianos, metal tubes in combination with harp, bass drum, tom) and delicate use of electronics. Inspired by Asian ritual music, minimal music (Philip Glass and Eliane Radigue), and ambient music, she created her own personal ritualistic sound world.