Yuen Chee Wai

Profile:
Yuen is a musician and artist working with sound and has performed and exhibited extensively locally and internationally. He has designed and composed sound for installation, dance, film and TV / radio. He is known for his improvised sound and noise explorations as well as his drone / ambient / field recording approaches to music making.

Chee Wai’s strong interest in Philosophy, Literature, Film and Cultural Studies often finds him incorporating textual ideas and concepts in his sound work, with themes like memory, loss, repetition and invisibility as main thought trajectories.

In 2008, together with Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Ryu Hankil (Korea) and Yan Jun (China), they formed FEN – Far East Network, which made its debut at the Mimi Festival in Marseille. FEN has subsequently played in many countries and festivals around Europe and Asia. FEN is an ever breathing and evolving improv music quartet that aims to work predominantly with musicians and artists from all disciplines across Asia.

Chee Wai also plays synth and electronics for the avant / experimental rock band, The Observatory (Singapore). The Observatory, which has to date 6 full length albums – the most recent being Oscilla – often collaborates in a wide range of art and theatre projects. A four-piece band, The Observatory stays fully independent. It has toured Europe and Asia extensively, and also has several music programme initiatives, like Playfreely, to present interesting musicians and giving them a platform to collaborate and present music work that is normally not entirely conventional.

Chee Wai is Project Director for the Asian Music Network – a project that is part of Ensembles Asia helmed by Otomo Yoshihide. In it, Chee Wai is also the curator of the Asian Meeting Festival. In all his years being a musician, he has actively performed and connected fellow Asian musicians working with experimental and improve music, and also continually collaborating with artists from all disciplines. His hope is to develop a strong Asian community of artists and musicians.

He was one of the artists in the inaugural Singapore Biennale, and a highly sought after designer.
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Albums

SSAC(R)-001-0803-strav2 Yuen Chee Wai - 'Live' At Strategies V02, The Substation album art George Chua, Yuen Chee Wai George Chua, Yuen Chee Wai - 'Live' At Strategies V02, The Substation(CDr, Album) Sporesac SSAC(R)-001-0803-strav2 Singapore 2003 Sell This Version
Kwanyin 037 Yuen Chee Wai - Big Can album art Otomo Yoshihide, Ryu Hankil, Yuen Cheewai*, Yan Jun, Sachiko M, Yang Ge, Xiao Qiang, Hong Qile, Gogo J, Olivier Heux, Tao Yi And Junyuan Otomo Yoshihide, Ryu Hankil, Yuen Cheewai*, Yan Jun, Sachiko M, Yang Ge, Xiao Qiang, Hong Qile, Gogo J, Olivier Heux, Tao Yi And Junyuan - Big Can(CD, Album) Kwanyin Records, Sub Jam Kwanyin 037 China 2010 Sell This Version
UJI-011CD Yuen Chee Wai - Crows That Have No Eyes album art Yan Jun & Yuen Chee Wai Yan Jun & Yuen Chee Wai - Crows That Have No Eyes(CD, Album) Ujikaji Records UJI-011CD Singapore 2017 Sell This Version
PICA045, UJI-010LP Yuen Chee Wai - In Praise Of Shadows album art Yuen Chee Wai & Lasse Marhaug Yuen Chee Wai & Lasse Marhaug - In Praise Of Shadows(LP, Album) Pica Disk, Ujikaji Records PICA045, UJI-010LP Norway 2018 Sell This Version