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Chiang Mai Photographic Club Exhibition never fails to amaze

U.S. Consular Section Chief Mark Carlson(2nd right) and his wife are joined by German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen, CMPG member Wyndham Hollis, and Harm De Vries, also exhibiting at the event.

By Shana Kongmun
Once again, the Chiang Mai Photographic Club has produced an exhibition full of outstanding photographs that amazes me with the talent that resides in Chiang Mai. The members are both Thai and foreign, men and women, and the diversity shows in the photos on show at the 4th Floor of Central Airport Plaza.
U.S. Consular Section Chief Mark Carlson and his wife were joined by German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen as honored guests at the opening with Mark reminiscing about his first camera.
Over 100 mounted photos by 25 photographers from half a dozen countries that now reside in Chiang Mai are on display until February 10 and well worth the trek to see. The event runs in conjunction with the Documentary Arts Asia Film Festival on through the 14th at CMU Art Center and Documentary Arts Asia. The CMPG meets on Wednesdays at 7.00pm every fortnight at the Airport Greenery Hotel and is open to anyone with an interest in photography.

Joyce Barnes stands in front of one of her favorite submissions for the exhibit.

Alberto Cosi and his wonderful photos of classic cars in Thailand.

 


Japanese artist on display at the Meeting Room Art Café

Momoko Toda Kaewdee stands in front of her favorite series at the exhibition that opened at the Meeting Room Art Café on February 2.

By Shana Kongmun
The Meeting Room Art Café is a cozy little riverside café near Wat Ket that is quickly developing a reputation for the exhibits on display. This month Japanese artist Momoko Toda Kaewdee exhibited her unique drawings and comic books at an exhibit that opened Saturday, February 2, 2013.
Momoko is a graduate of the University of Arts in Aiechi Prefecture in Japan started out in woodcut prints for which she which she was selected as a distinguished artist in 1994. She moved onto illustrations and the comic books that were on display at the event in the past few years. The art on display is colorful, lively and draws reminisces of childhood figures.
The Meeting Room Art Café is located at89 Charoen Raj Rd. in Watkate and open daily to 8 p.m.

The bright colors and lively characters remind one of childhood figures.

One little girl persuses Momoko’s colorful comic books.


Mesmerising Mozart and Shivering Shostakovich

A chamber concert at the Four Seasons, Mae Rim

The quintet performed Mozart’s clarinet quintet brilliantly.

By Jai Pee
As an annual event, His Excellency Mom Luang Usni Pramoj and the invincible troupe of musicians that accompany him year on year brought splendid and memorable performances of two remarkably contrasting chamber pieces to a good sized and appreciative audience at the magnificent Spa Resort of the Four Seasons in Mae Rim on Friday February 1st. The location is absolutely wonderful, set among rolling foothills, lantern-adorned driveways and subtle illuminated tress and bushes. Such a setting was the height of perfection for the opening Mozart clarinet quintet, when M. L. Usni on viola, Tasana Nagavajara on first violin, Siripong Tiptan on second violin and Khittikhun Sodprasert on cello were joined by clarinetist Yos Vaneesorn, himself a part-time resident of Chiang Mai. This great chamber piece, the favourite of celebrated jazz musician Benny Goodman, was written towards the end of Mozart’s short life – and it is a very difficult piece to play well. The five musicians, perhaps inspired somewhat by the magical surroundings gave a wonderful performance full of clear tones, exciting allegro passages and lyrical sections that brought tears to the eyes. The group captured the remarkable eloquence of the music so very beautifully balancing this with the complex rhythms of the final movement, the theme and variations. This was a clear example of how practice makes perfect – an inspiring performance after hours of rehearsal and performed with stateliness and dignity in a perfect setting!
After a short interval the concert continued with the third string quartet of Soviet composer Dimitri Shostakovich. The piece was written just after the end of the Second World War in Europe, and at a time when the composer’s ninth symphony had been given the thumbs down by the music censors and official critics. For the premiere, most likely so that he would not be accused of formalism or elitism by the stringent attitudes of the Soviet authorities, Shostakovich renamed the movements in the manner of a war story as follows:
1. Allegretto: Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm
2. Moderato con moto: Rumblings of unrest and anticipation
3. Allegro non troppo: Forces of war unleashed
4. Adagio: In memory of the dead, leading directly to
5. Moderato: The eternal question: Why? And for what?
The music is quite hard to access even 67 years after it was written – the melodies are cold and often harsh and difficult to grasp; the rhythms in places are strident and relentless. But the members of the quartet had once again come to grips with the difficulties and challenges so that the piece attained a roundness and polish that can only come from sheer devotion and hard work. After the quartet was over the audience was split – half disliking it intensely, the other half praising it and enjoying it. But of the high quality of the musicianship there can be no doubt – wonderful professional playing with complete control and sensitive interpretation.


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Chiang Mai Photographic Club Exhibition never fails to amaze

Japanese artist on display at the Meeting Room Art Café

Mesmerising Mozart and Shivering Shostakovich