Young clarinettist returns home for
The musical career of clarinettist Charlie Suriyakham
must represent the dream of many young Thai musicians. Born in Chiang Mai,
he began his musical studies here, and continued them after his move to the
USA. He is now the first clarinettist in the United States Coast Guard Band,
one of the premier military bands in the United States of America.
During his short visit home during the festive season, Charlie, together
with Chiang Mai pianist David Wilson, invites us again for an interesting
and enjoyable concert on January 2, 2008 at the AUA auditorium, Rajdamnoen
Road. Concert begins at 19.00hrs. Tickets at 200 Baht (students 100 Baht)
are available at AUA, and from Tananan Willson (081.881.9226) or at
La Luna Gallery holds Triple 7 exhibition to welcome the New Year
The artists with the owners of La Luna,
(l-r) Sommai Lumdual, Adi Kirketerp, Emily Scott, Siriwat Yaikrathok,
Elzabeth Johnston, Joanna, Sakul Inthakul, and Lasse.
La Luna Gallery of Charoenrajd Road is saying farewell to 2007 with a
flourish, having invited seven new artists to display their work, three
Thai artists, three farang artists and Sakul Inthakul.
lovers John, Eleanor (GM the Chedi) with Laura and Bradley (Artspace)
take a few moments to sample the wine and snacks.
Flower artist Sakul Inthakul has created three unique pieces especially
for La Luna. All three are tailor made sculptures decorated with
flowers, which can be renewed and replaced over and over again. Sakul’s
latest creation, a curled lawn with flowers, was used as a backdrop for
photographing the movie stars attending the recent Rome festival.
Wittaya Pised (Taem) from Bangkok has increasing success with his
paintings of temples, city details, flowers and birds on corrugated
iron. Niran Chanhom creates almost alien stylized black and white people
in everyday situations. Siriwat Yaikrathok from Chiang Mai uses strong
colours to depict the characters and styles of people in his paintings.
Hua Hin based Elizabeth Johnston creates remarkable and beautiful
Zen-like sculptures together with her husband Jon. American Emily Scott
is already becoming famous in Chiang Mai for her unusually strong
portraits of real people. Danish Adi Kirketerp, based now in Bangkok, is
known for her abstract artworks using natural as well as recycled
materials from banana leaves to plastic bags.
The Triple 7 exhibition will be open until the New Year.
A Tree House with a difference!
Award winning artist designs inspirational object for Chiang Mai
Wim Fagal, (left) GM Amari Rincome and Markus
Heinsdorff are dwarfed by the bamboo house perched on the treetop.
Between now and 5the February, if you should find yourself in Soi 1,
Nimmanhaeminda Road, don’t forget to look up! To your amazement you will
see a tree house, built entirely of bamboo, modelled as a huge oval
cocoon. Measuring 7 metres long by 5 metres wide and 3.6 metres high, it
was designed and built by Markus Heinsdorff on the occasion of his
UNESCO scholarship at CMU. Architectural students at the university
assisted in its construction, finishing the project in February 2007.
The tree house was recently moved to its present position in order to
coincide with the 8th Nimmanheaminda Art and Design Promenade. The
entire project was sponsored by the German Embassy in Bangkok and by the
Amari Rincome Hotel, which has generously agreed to provide a home for
the sculpture until next February.
The designer has a history of building highly original design objects
worldwide, and has worked in China, Indonesia, the USA, and Europe. Born
in Germany in 1954, he studied at the Academy of Fine Art, in Munich,
and won the prestigious Schwabinger Art Award in 1989. He focuses on
both permanent and temporary installations intended to be seen in public
places and to provide inspiration. His next project in Chiang Mai will
be a 9 metre Dome to be erected outside the city on the Rirkiff Land
Foundation. The tree house is open to the public and will be lit up in
the evenings, and will eventually be auctioned via the Internet. If
anyone is interested in acquiring this unique object before then, please
contact Markus on [email protected]