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HANDS Percussion Unveils Their ‘Kaleidoscope’ Series

by Natasha Christopher

HANDS continue this August with the fifth edition of their biennial ‘Kaleidoscope’ series.

This year they have invited Abbos Kosimov (Uzbekistan), Ben Walsh (Australia)
and U-Hee Company (South Korea) to participate. Locals, Tan Su Yin, Mat Din,
Prakash Kandasamy and Dhol Alliance, will join them, as well as Syrian, Majd
Besides the performances by the guest artists, there will be four new pieces by HANDS (two by HANDS 1 and two by HANDS 2), as well as the title piece, UNBEATABLE.

What to note is that there will be two separate programmes for the festival:


There will be four workshops over the weekend of 4 & 5 August conducted by Abbos Kosimov, U-Hee Company, Ben Walsh and Dhol Alliance. The venue will be the Skyroom, Federal Hotel. Details and all other information are in the media advisory.

Dates to Keep:
*HANDS On Tour (HOT) kicked off last year as part of HANDS 20th Anniversary
celebrations. It will continue this year in Seremban, Negri Sembilan on Sunday,
19 August 2018.

The eighty-minute programme will include favourites like Classic, Rhythm Ride,
In the Name of Celebration, Drumbeat Inferno, Awakening, Owed and Bare Hands Dance; and will be performed by both HANDS 1 and HANDS 2.

Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Time: 3pm
Venue: Auditorium D’Sury, JKKN
24 Festive Drums was created in 1988 by 2 Malaysians in Johore Baru: Mr. Tan
Chai Puan and the late Mr. Tan Hooi Song.
2018, therefore, marks the 30th anniversary of 24 Festive Drums.
To celebrate this anniversary, HANDS will have a students’ concert which will
include Deafbeat, the hearing impaired group coached by HANDS since 2007 as
well as the refugee children drumming group of Fugee School.
Date: 8 & 9 Dec 2018
Time: 8.30 PM
Venue: Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
HANDS Percussion was formed in 1997 by Bernard Goh together with some friends. HANDS has put a spin on the unique Malaysian art form of 24 Festive Drums by infusing the shigu with diverse South-east Asian musical instruments. They love to experiment and dare to be different. Their contemporary theatrical drumming has wowed audiences at home and the world over. 

They remain the first and only, fully professional, self-funded, percussion group
in Malaysia and now has nearly 30 productions in their name.



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