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Mature charity performance by 19-year-old saxophonist Narisa Cherdjareewatananun

New U.S. Consul General welcomed to Chiang Mai

Mature charity performance by 19-year-old saxophonist Narisa Cherdjareewatananun

Musically superb, but stage management disappointing

Michael Vogt

After two successful concerts in the past two years, this year’s feature concert entitled “caf้ saxo” came with hopes that it would take Narisa’s performance to a higher level. Expectations were high, and the massive Kad Theatre was almost filled with both Thai and foreign music lovers, plus a great number of local dignitaries representing various diplomatic missions as well as the business community.

Narisa during her thrilling performances.

Despite the beginning of the concert being delayed for about 45 minutes, most were still cheerful and happy to finally see the band and hear Narisa kicking off the evening with Jobim’s “One Note Samba”.

Those who had heard Narisa’s previous concerts could quickly see that she had indeed matured and developed, and that she has worked hard on her stage performance techniques. Compared to last year, she appeared much more self-confident, and looked secure behind her saxophone, especially during the more demanding songs like “Chorinho”, written by Nilson Matta and Hendrik Meurkens.

Narisa and Koh Saxman performing a duet from his latest album ‘Sax Appeal’.

Narisa was joined by a number of musical friends who supported her on stage. No one was more appropriate than Koh Saxman, currently Thailand’s most renowned saxophonist, who entered the stage with a blistering performance of his signature tune “Mr. Saxman”. This piece developed into a musical duel between Koh and the brilliant band under the very professional leadership of pianist Kru Boy, enhanced by excellent percussion and the brass sections. The combat ended in a clear draw, and was greatly appreciated by the audience. Narisa then joined Koh, and the duel turned into a duet when both performed another one of Koh’s more romantic tunes “Beautiful Love” from his latest album Sax-Appeal.

One could see that Narisa and Koh Saxman got along very well on stage.

The younger female section of the audience went wild when Boy, lead singer of the group “Peacemaker”, came on stage supported by a group of dancers of the second category during his fine rendition of Carlos Santana’s “Smooth”.

After an uninterrupted 100+ minute concert, the audience was a little mystified suddenly the musicians disappeared from the stage unannounced, marking the apparent end of the concert. Fortunately after 20 seconds, just as some voices started to loudly request an encore, the musicians returned to the stage, and Narisa finished it all off with Pagode Jazz Saedinha’s Club version of Babu de Lagartixa.

The final part of the evening was the recognition of the sponsors, as well as the donation to the Kuadaroon House – a charity, taking care of HIV affected children.

A well-received and raunchier approach to the main theme of the evening.

Narisa has been given a great talent, which she hopefully will keep on developing, and obviously benefits from support from both her family and co-musicians. The evening was very entertaining, and with a little more emphasis on stage management and choreography, we will look forward to see, and hear, much more of her in the future.

David the rapper wrapped it up at the end.

“Boy”, very much enhanced by the dancers of the second category.

Having a great time with the band and the audience.

At the end of the night Praneet C. Watananun (3rd from right), managing director of Jaliang Connection and proud mother of Narisa had the honor of presenting a cheque to the representatives of Ban Kuadaroon.

Koh Saxman playing a duet with himself.

Flowers from the audience!

Boy and Narisa giving it all on stage.

Kh. Lukuan of Chi Chang Computer presented Narisa with flowers.

New U.S. Consul General welcomed to Chiang Mai

A traditional Lanna welcome

Staff reporters

U.S. Ambassador HE Darryl N. Johnson introduced the new American Consul-General Beatrice (Bea) Camp and her husband David Summers to Chiang Mai, with a very Thai welcome.

The Lanna Blessing was concluded by Capt. Ariya Uparamee, a former senior officer from the Ministry of Interior. Capt. Ariya Uparamee is tying the ‘sai sin’ bracelet around the wrist of the new Consul-General Bea Camp.

However, neither David Summers nor Bea Camp are newcomers to Thailand, and they are pleased to return to the community where Bea lived and worked from 1973-76 as a teacher at Chiang Mai University. It is her third stay in the Kingdom counting another assignment as assistant cultural attach้ at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok from 1986-88.

C-G Bea Camp addressed the guests in a very easy sounding Thai. Standing (left) is her husband David Summers, a retired US diplomat.

U.S. Ambassador Darryl N. Johnson gave a short overview of Bea Camp’s former Foreign Service postings which included Beijing, Stockholm, and Budapest. He told the guests that Bea had also worked at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, managing information programs for Europe and directing educational exchange and advisory services.

(From left to right) C-G Bea Camp, David Summers, HE U.S. Ambassador Darryl N. Johnson and wife and Capt. Ariya Uparamee.

When Bea Camp spoke, nobody seemed to be surprised that she addressed the listeners in a very easy sounding and humorous Thai. As a tribute, a Lanna Bai Sri Procession took place, with candle dancing, a Lanna drum performance and a formal Lanna Blessing Ceremony.

(From left) Ilkay Leosawathiphong from Siam Royal Orchid, Louis Gabaude from the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient and Honorary British Consul Jon Glendinning.

Beautiful Lanna Girls perform the candle dance.

(From left) Marion Vogt, Chiangmai Mail; Wanphen Sakdathorn, Baan Saen Doi; Wim Fagel, GM Amari Rincome Hotel; Atchara Tejapaibul, executive chairman of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation Board of Directors and Krittip Sriratthamrong.