Alessio Monti to play at the Chiangmai Classics Concert
Italian born master guitarist and composer Alessio Monti
will feature in the February 25 concert of the Chiangmai Classics series
where he will play some of his own compositions.
maestro Alessio Monti
Alessio Monti, (b.1947) completed his formal studies in
music at the Cherubini Conservatory of Florence obtaining the highest marks
and honors. Extensive touring of the Orient has greatly influenced
Alessio’s style and his research into Eastern philosophy has left an
indelible mark on the composer’s consciousness and music. His style is
extremely innovative and will be of great interest to lovers of many genres,
from minimalist to jazz, or from Eastern and Western classical traditions.
Currently Alessio is involved in intense artistic
activity, participating in the most noteworthy international orchestras and
festivals throughout Europe Asia, Africa and the Americas, receiving rave
reviews from audience and press alike.
Alessio’s ingenuity is in high demand for teaching
master classes, workshops and conferences abroad and in his native Italy.
His work has been described as “appealing to the mind as well as the
senses”. The compositions on all 14 of Alessio’s CDs feature sitar,
flute, clarinet, soprano sax, violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass,
percussion and electronic devices and solo guitar.
His biography with some of his works and recordings are
now included in the “Encyclopedia of the Contemporary Composers”, Pagano
Editore editions. He is the promoter and artistic director of “Tuscan
Guitarist Center”, which annually organizes a guitar competition for
He has given Master classes at the Conservatories in
Montevideo, Asuncion, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago del Cile, and
the “Hofstra University” in New York and “Colegio Internacional
Raimondi”, Lima (Peru’).
Alessio’s concert will include The Forest Of Gokarnath
inspired by a legend from Nepal. This composition uses unusual tuning of the
guitar as well as particular effects like percussion and Sitar sounds from
his guitar. He will also play his Camino El Alba which he composed after a
concert tour in South America.
In his Per Due for flute and guitar, Alessio Monti will
be accompanied by Xavier Pitijet Vichitporn, a Thai born flautist with great
Concert Tickets are available at Rimping Supermarkets, the Amari Rincome
Hotel, the New Life Foundation and at Kad Suan Kaew Information counter.
Nakorn Payap’s International Day
NNat Vikitset and
NIS held International Day with national performances and
booths where students could get information about each country - and of
course, delicious food!
Sue-Pha mans “passport control” for Jamaica. Each student had a
“passport” from the country they represented.
This school tradition is to get students to learn about
different countries of the world. “It was a fun event and students get to
learn about other cultures. Jamaica, Afghanistan and Syria were very
interesting because most of the people have never been to those
countries,” said Navinder Ahuja, NIS High School teacher.
Principal John Allen welcomed everyone to the
international event, with representatives from the United Nations, Canada,
Syria, China, Chile, Greece, Hawaii, Jamaica, Australia, Japan, Afghanistan,
India, Thailand and Mexico.
combined kindergarten began by singing “We Are the World” while waving
flags from many nations
After the performances, students, teachers, and parents
visited the booths in the canteen and enjoyed the international food.
“There were many interesting countries this year - Jamaica, Afghanistan
and Hawaii,” said Krittika Vongkiatkajorn, student council president.
Bertotti, representing Japan, gets food from the Australian stall.
The day was well attended and the students and teachers would like to
thank all the parents for helping out during this annual event.
Distinguished musical guests at Prem
Last Friday, the Prem Tinsulanonda International School
in Chiang Mai hosted a chamber music concert given by several eminent Thai
Counsellor M.L. Usni Pramoj among the distinguished musicians who performed
last Friday at Prem
The lead musician, playing the viola, was Privy Counselor
and manager of His Majesty the King’s personal investments ML Usni Pramoj,
and who is also a member of the Prem Center’s Board of Governors. M.L.
Usni also holds the prestigious honor of National Artist in recognition of
both his performance as a violinist, composer, and conductor of the Bangkok
Symphony Orchestra as well as his many other contributions to the promotion
of classical music in Thailand.
The string quartet, accompanied by a clarinet, performed
two pieces, the first by Beethoven and the second by Mozart. Prem was
honored to have such distinguished musicians, and the concert was received
with much enthusiasm. Music teacher, Ajarn Nicole Mitchell, commented,
“The pieces were complex enough to be appreciated by trained musicians,
and also so beautiful that the student audience could feel moved and
musicians performed classical pieces at the Prem Center
Hosting such a high-caliber performance is a huge asset to the music
program at Prem. The students’ exposure to this performance, especially
the Grade 4 students for whom it is compulsory to learn either violin or
cello, will complement what they are learning every day.
London’s Trinity College honors local singer
Jakkapong Tianwichit or Nong Pe, a student of the Voice
Studio, Payap University received the highest score in the country at the
renowned Trinity College, London.
Tianwichit, or Nong Pe, a student of the Voice Studio
Jakkapong was the only Thai student awarded the Shield of
Honor by Trinity College at the Convention Hall of Chulalongkorn University,
on January 30, 2005.
Jakkapong is a third year student of Music Department,
and is a member of the Big Bana (A capella) that was selected by the
university to perform at the university fair.
The Voice Studio annually sends its students to Trinity College to give
them experience in competing in a wider public arena. Tianchai Sooktiang,
director of the Voice Studio, said that the award was a source of great
pride to him and his institute.
Two Americans awarded honorary degrees from CMU
Two Americans received honorary degrees from Chiang Mai
University in recognition of their contributions to the university. Dr.
Floyd Dunn (at left) of Abilene Christian College first came to Chiang Mai
in 1959 to help establish the medical school that was the precursor to CMU.
Also honored was Dr. Gary Christian (pictured at right), a chemistry
professor who helped set up links and a joint PhD program with the
University of Washington. Consul General Bea Camp invited the honorees and
their families to visit the Consulate after learning that Dr. Dunn’s
daughter had worked as a secretary here in 1965.
Jerusalem from ancient maps
The Religion Studies Faculty of Payap University
exhibited more than 20 ancient maps from Israel: “Jerusalem from ancient
maps” to add to the religious knowledge of those interested in the history
of the ancient Jewish tribe.
Solomon Kofman, the ambassador of Israel in Thailand (forth right) and VIP
guests at the exhibition of “Jerusalem city from ancient maps”
The exhibition was based on factual occurrences according
to authentic ancient maps of Jerusalem from Israel. Held at the Religious
Studies faculty, Payap University, H.E. Solomon Kofman, Israeli ambassador,
presided over the opening ceremony on February 1, 2005.
admiring the “Jerusalem city from ancient maps” exhibits
The ambassador told the audience that as Thailand and Israel have had
good international relations for a long time, the Israeli government decided
to exhibit the valuable ancient maps of the Jewish homeland to interested
Thai people. Furthermore, the religion studies faculty, which also teaches
students about Christianity, can make use of the maps to better appreciate
the origin of Christianity in relation to the ancient Jewish religion.