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Thai contemporary performing art at CMU

Musicianship of the Very Highest Calibre

 

Thai contemporary performing art at CMU

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

The 3rd “Perng Jai Contemporary Performing Thai Arts” was held on July 17 at Chiang Mai University’s Arts and Cultural Centre with the show “Anodard: Mythical Pond a highlight.

Luang Kledkaew, a mixture of the Chinese dragon and the Thai Naga was one of the performances given at the CMU Arts and Culture Centre on July 17.

With performances by the Norsilp Group and alumni of the Thai Arts Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at CMU, the show featured Lanna contemporary performing art, with 9 shows in all.

Scholarships for students at the Faculty of Fine Arts will benefit from the funds raised from the show that featured performances from Asst. Prof. Manop Mansaem, Asst. Prof. Thitipol Kanteewong, Waewdao Sirisuk, Opas Yakhammee, Nalintha Kittiwan, Theerayuth Nilmoon, Ronarong Khampha, and Kiartkong Silapasonthayanon.

CMU ‘s Faculty of Fine Arts held the show to promote the performing arts and to help encourage the growth of modern interpretations of Lanna culture.

A-songkhai shows the different times of day
and night in a contemporary arts performance.

The Anodard Mythical Pond show presented traditional Lanna stories
in a more contemporary light.

 

Musicianship of the Very Highest Calibre

Silpakorn University Woodwind and Strings Ensemble Concert

By Jai-Pee

On Friday evening July 16th in the New Arts building of Chiang Mai University, a friend of mine sitting next to me after hearing this remarkable concert whispered “Where in the world would you go to hear musicianship of this high quality?” Well, here it was right in the heart of Chiang Mai. The Woodwind and Strings Ensemble from Silpakorn University astonished a good-sized audience by delivering an incredible display of masterful technique in a concert of chamber works by Johann Christian Bach (son of the greater Johann Sebastian), Beethoven and Weber. Each piece featured strings and one woodwind instrument. The ensemble could not have been more together – from the first note of the Bach to the last note of the Weber they were in total unison and produced an amazingly clear sound with subtle variations in tone that brought out the wonderful nuances of these three remarkable pieces.

The oboe playing in the Bach Oboe Quartet by Damrih Banawitayakit was beautiful and captured the sultry tones of this chirpy and melodic composition admirably. Worapon Kanweerayothin handled the flute with a high degree of professionalism in the delightful Beethoven Serenade in D and his performance in the higher register was quite outstanding. The celebrated Weber Clarinet Quintet concluded this adventurous and inspirational program and the playing by the Chiang Mai born clarinetist Yos Vaneesorn was excellent throughout. The entry of the clarinet in the first movement of this delectable composition is one of those rare and intoxicating moments in musical composition, and Yos achieved this with great skill and beauty.

The three soloists were accompanied by the now most famous string ensemble in Thailand – Leo Philips and Anawin Sawattabovorn on violins, the effervescent and charming Tasana Nagavajara on viola and the indomitable Kittikhun Sodprasert on cello. What a magnificent combination this is and what inspired musicians they are – they play together with the highest degree of professionalism imaginable; their love of their instruments and of the music they are playing radiates through like sunshine after a thunderstorm; their ability to engage with the audience at the very start is a remarkable achievement in its own right. This was an extraordinary concert in that it combined musical compositions rarely heard in concert halls worldwide with superb musicianship. How fortunate we are to have such opportunities and let us hope that these fine exponents of classical music will grace our city again very soon.