Another fine concert by the 6 hands pianists
Cummins sang to a lovely Thai song arranged for six hands on the piano by
By Shana Kongmun
Nicolas Collinet, Jonas Dept, and Matthieu Normand never fail to
keep their audience enthralled by their 6 hands performance and once again,
they kept the audience at the CMU Art Museum Theater enthralled for the
duration of what seemed a short performance but was actually fairly long.
The boys took turns at their places on the piano as well as performing solo
pieces so that their skill could shine through. Lanna Cummins stepped in for
a wonderful performance of a beautiful Thai song about a mother and her
daughter that had most of the Thai audience tearing up a little.
The event was well attended by music aficionados, friends and fans and saw
the wonderful photos of joint organizer Marisa Marchitelli as an ever
changing and beautiful backdrop. We can only hope that they come again next
year so that the wonderful and complex sounds of six hands on one piano will
be heard by more.
organizers Donjai Srivichainanda (far right) and Marisa Marchitelli (2nd
left) of M & M Productions are joined by Virginia Bird and her friend.
and Shari Jean Brown were looking forward to the show.
Taylor and Martin Venzky-Stalling join organizer Marisa Marchitelli of M & M
Productions to talk about the show’s program.
Normand in a stunning solo performance.
Shwaas Fusion Band brings
Indian classical, modern and jazz
Concert at Royal Park Rajapruek
Fusion Band is out of New Delhi and prominently features two traditional
By Shana Kongmun
The Indian Consul General, Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and the Indian
Consulate have brought yet another excellent performance to Chiang Mai with
the introduction of the Shwaas Fusion Band, a unique mix of traditional
Indian music from all regions of India together with jazz, folk and blues.
Headed by Rajesh Prasanna from New Delhi the band consists of two
traditional flutists, backed by a fabulous tabla player, as well as more
modern synthesizer, bass guitar and western drums. Add in the wonderful
vocal stylings of the male and female singers and the audience was
enthralled. Most enthralling, however, had to be the tabla player’s back and
forth duet that had the audience amazed. Several tradiditional songs were
also sung, including one that I wasn’t even sure was a language at all, it
reminded me of the scat singing style of Ella Fitzgerald, so I asked my
friend Vanita and she explained it’s a very old traditional style of singing
The show was, as could be expected from a band that is huge in India,
fantastic in a genre that is also quite big. The Indian Consul hopes to
continue the trend of bringing cultural performers to Chiang Mai and I
the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce and Finnish Honorary Consul Narong
Kongprasert, Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and Special Advisor to
the Governor Maj. Gen. Bhumiphat Chawiphat enjoyed the music greatly.
Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and his lovely wife Kalpana join members of
the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce and Special Advisor to the Governor Maj.
Gen. Bhumiphat Chawiphat (3rd left) and Narong Kongprasert, President of the
Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce (2nd left) after the show.
Kasetsart Rajapruek Symphony
in charity concert at Royal Rajapruek
performance by Khru Aed Phanuthat.
By Nopniwat Krailerg
The beautiful backdrop of Royal Rajapruek Park was the setting for a
magical performance by the Kasetsart Rajapruek Symphony on January 19, 2013.
Organized by the Kasetsart University Alumni Association Northern chapter,
the event was held to raise funds for the activities of the alumni
association and to show off the talents of Kasetsart University students in
the Kasetsart University Wind Symphony or KU WIND, one of the first wind
orchestras in Thailand. They have performed extensively domestically and
A beautiful Lanna style opening entertained the crowd and then awards were
presented to 6 outstanding alumni in various departments and accepted funds
for constructing an office for the association.
The show featured such famous singers as Thipawan Pinphiban, Mister Ko
Zacman, Khru Aed Phanuthat, Yaowapha Hoisangwan, Taechin Chayuti. Many
attendees got up and danced during the concert.
Kasetsart Rajapruek Symphony was organized to promote tourism and the
symphony concert will promote cooperation between alumni of Kasetsart
University, northern region and northern LAOs, since they have the same
responsibilities to push Chiang Mai as the center of tourism of the country.
Some of the
outstanding alumni award recepients.
Kasetsart University Wind Symphony performing
before the crowd.
Kasetsart University students hoist the
university’s flag and symbol.
University students sing favorite songs.