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Japan's Asian Meeting Festival moves to Singapore for this year's edition

AMF have joined forces with Playfreely for a new festival Closer To The Edge

Singaporean group The Observatory’s experimental music festival Playfreely returns this year in collaboration with Japan’s Asian Meeting Festival (AMF) – an event put on as part of Otomo Yoshihide, Yuen Chee Wai and Takuro Mizuta Lippit's Asian Music Network and Ensemble Asia. With 15 musicians, this fourth edition of AMF will be held over two nights and feature a collection of duo and ensemble performances with the aim that it ”ignites fresh conversations from all quarters of music-making, particularly from Japan and South East Asia”. It will be the first time that AMF has put on a festival outside of Japan.

Playfreely, originally inspired by the New York experimental music venue The Stone, began life as a fortnightly free music initiative. This new collaborative project, titled Closer To The Edge, will take place at The Projector in Singapore. The line-up will feature Atsusi Arakawa
, Junji Hirose
, Jojo Hiroshige
, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, Takashi Makino, An Murazato, Otomo Yoshihide, Senyawa, Dharma Shan, DJ Sniff
, Tara Transitory, Vivian Wang
, C Spencer Yeh and Yuen Chee Wai.

Closer To The Edge will happen between 8–9 December. Plus, running alonside the festival Otomo Yoshihide will host Black Axis sessions featuring performances by Yoshihide, Leslie Low and Yuen Chee Wai which will take place from 13–14 December.