Antique Asian textiles on show
One of the many gorgeous, vibrantly colored
pieces on display.
By Shana Kongmun
Already featured on Page 3, this month sees Patricia Cheesman’s own private
collection of antique South East Asian textiles go on display at Studio
Naenna. Patricia began collecting these textiles many years ago working in
Laos and at the opening ceremony of the exhibition which is open every
Wednesday through February, discussed the origins of the textiles, the
patterns and the significant designs used.
Patricia Cheesman goes into detail about her
textile collection that is now on display in the exhibition titled “The
Muang Phuan Textile Legacy”.
She noted that many of the patterns we see in Thailand and the North
emanated from Muang Phuan in Laos, or as it is now known, Xiangkhouang
Province, was settled by the Tai Phuan people whose beautiful homeland was
invaded over and over, creating a diaspora that can be traced through woven
textiles and patterns.
The state, in the area popularly known as the “Plain of Jars” became a
vassal state of Siam and many were resettled, then the Haw out of China
invaded and also plundered. However, the traditions and beliefs of the Tai
Phuan people lived on in their textiles as they scattered throughout
Northern Thailand and can be seen in the excellence of the weave, the
beautiful colors and patterns. Learn more about the collection by visiting
Studio Naenna on Soi Chiang Khian.
premieres at Kantary
Windy are joined by U.S. Consul General Ken Foster at the screening.
By Shana Kongmun
The always charitable Kantary Hills Hotel hosted the screening of
the documentary “The Eyes of Thailand” by Windy Borman and narrated by
Ashley Judd. The moving film follows two elephants maimed by landmines and
the relentless quest of Friends of the Asia Elephant founder Soraida Salwala
to rehabilitate the pair.
Windy follows the care and rehabilitiation of Mosha and Motala who were
injured by landmines in 2007. With Soraida’s unceasing determination, the
two were eventually fitted with prostheses. Windy said the movie took her
years, noting that the prostheses required her to come back and film more.
“Witnessing Mosha and Motala take their first steps on their new prostheses
was one of the most amazing moments of my life. I cannot wait to share it
with the people of Thailand, where the story began. I hope the film will
serve as a reminder that there is still work to be done to protect Asian
Elephants and eradicate landmines,” said Borman.
Elephant Parade House sold hand painted elephants and t-shirts at the event
to raise funds for Soraida’s elephant hospital.
“The Eyes of Thailand” was awarded the “ACE Documentary Film Grant” from The
Humane Society of the United States and the “Best Documentary” Jury Award
from the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. Salwala received the
“Best Heroine in a Wildlife Film” Award at the International Wildlife Film
Festival. The film has also garnered Humanitarian, Green, Rising Star,
Animal Advocacy and Animation awards since its World Premiere in April 2012.
Learn more at www.eyesofthailand.com.
Show tunes to delight and entertain
Ana Gracey contributed her powerful voice to an
entertaining evening with Markus joining her in presenting delightful
showtunes from the 20s, 30s and beyond with songs from both sides of the
pond. The performance was held for two nights at Sangdee Gallery and all
proceeds went to benefit Support the Children Foundation. Louis on the bass
and John on the banjo and guitar rounded out the night to provide a highly
welcome return of Ana to performing in Chiang Mai.
Nina Leo; recitals not to be missed!
By Jai Pee
Making her second visit as a concert pianist to her native Chiang
Mai this year is Nina Leosawasthiphong, international pianist. She will be
performing two exciting recitals on December 14th and December 15th at the
Santi Music School as a guest of the Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai,
the organization that brings the highest quality music to the city.
- Swiss concert pianist Nina Leo (as she prefers to be known for
pronunciation reasons!) has performed concerts internationally as a soloist
and chamber musician and is a prizewinner of numerous competitions and
festivals such as EPTA UK and The Marlow Music Festival. Her musical
training began here in her hometown of Chiang Mai, where she studied piano
with Professor Bennett Lerner before moving to New York to study Music and
English Literature at Cornell University. In 2003, Nina relocated to London
to attend the Royal Academy of Music where she gained her Licentiate of the
Royal Academy of Music Teaching Diploma in 2006 and graduated from the
Bachelor of Music Course in Piano Performance with honours in 2009.
Nina has given solo recitals in many venues worldwide such as the Steinway
Hall in New York, St. Martin in the Fields Church in London, and The Amadeus
Centre. She has appeared with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and
also participates in various instrumental ensembles including a one-month
concert tour with the Amici Piano Quartet aboard a five-star cruise liner.
Nina has performed as a soloist at various festivals, competitions and
master-classes for eminent music critics and pedagogues such as Bryce
Morrison, Mark Ray, Pascal Nemirovski and Christopher Elton. She is active
in many fields of the musical profession, including performance, education,
and research and now lives and works as a performer and teacher in London,
Nina has premiered several works by contemporary composers and highlights
include solo recitals at the Steinway Hall, Goethe Auditorium in Bangkok,
Burgh House Museum, and Lauderdale House as well as performing at the 1901
Arts Club as part of London Open House and recording Debussy’s L’Isle
Joyeuse for a music video at 137 Pillars House Hotel here in Chiang Mai. Her
wonderfully attractive program in December is full of melodic and romantic
pieces. She will play Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeuse and the Suite Bergamasque
which contains the delightful “Claire de Lune”, one of the composers best
loved works. A beautiful melody from Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice
arranged for the piano by Sgambati will be followed by the real gem of her
repertoire, Franz Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat major (D899 No 3), one of a
set of four and a serenade of immense lyrical beauty and harmony. And
musicologist JP will give a free lecture both nights at 6.45pm in the
recital room which will focus on this delectable piano piece by Schubert.
Nina’s program will end with Chopin’s Ballade No 4 in F minor, always a
show-stopper but there will have to be an encore, of that there is no doubt!
Already the Friday evening recital is full to capacity but a few seats
remain for Saturday December 15th at 250 baht for adults and 50 baht for
students, available by calling 084 868 1017, or by pre-booking at Santi’s
Music School. Nina will also be presenting a free seminar on music pedagogy
at the Santi Music School at 6.00pm on Sunday December 16th.