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Street photography comes to Chiang Mai

Alex Soulsby offers up colorful portraits of Chiang Mai.

By Shana Kongmun
“Urban Stills” an exhibition of street photography by Alex Soulsby and Colin Rhodehamel opened at Sangdee Gallery on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The photos, both in color and black and white, take a look at those every day scenes that we all walk past and those we ignore. The world around us is filled with images that seem mundane or commonplace but these two photographers take a look at the city streets with fresh eyes.
The exhibition is held on the second floor of Sangdee Gallery and it is one that is worth battling Nimmanhaemin traffic and climbing the stairs to see. These two young photographers, although resident in Thailand for many years, still manage to take a new look at the world around us, forcing us to notice the unnoticeable, seeing art in the streets of Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Sangdee Gallery is located on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 and is open daily.

Colin Rhodehamel presents photos of street scenes of Bangkok and Chiang Mai.


Jumpin and jiving with Biggles Big Band

Biggles Big Band performed at the Chang Garden to a full crowd.

By Shana Kongmun
The very popular and entertaining Biggles Big Band returned to a sold out venue at the Imperial Mae Ping on Sunday, February 24, 2013. More than 300 people attended the concert which was held at the Chang Beer Garden. The popular band played jazz, swing and the songs of Frank Sinatra.
Their classic big band style and popular songs are always a crowd pleaser that sees not just expats but Thai fans as well. With the compositions of HM the King, Jazz is very popular in Thailand and the enduring popularity of the Dutch Biggles Big Band as they travel to the Kingdom is a testament to that.
This 20 piece orchestra recreates the popular music of the Swing era with hits from Glen Miller, Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey. Formed in 1985, the band returns to Thailand year after year and are a big hit in Chiang Mai every time.
Biggles Big Band also played on Chiang Rai on the 25th of February at The Legend.

The band performed all the favorites as well as hits of Frank Sinatra (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

Swing and jazz from the big band drew in local residents. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

Biggles Big Band performed at The Legend in Chiang Rai, here they are seen here with Marc Dumur, General Manager of The Legend Chiang Rai.

Chiang Mai Ensemble returns to the stage

The Chiang Mai Ensemble is a quintet of classically trained and very talented musicians, they will be performing March 23, 2013.

By Shana Kongmun
Mark your calendars as some of the finest musicians in Chiang Mai are returning to the AUA auditorium stage on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Featuring five talented musicians; Remi Namthep on the piano, Mutita Narkmuang on the guitar, Xavier Vichitporn on the flute, Witsaruth Tawinno on the Cello and the ethereal counter tenor of Ong-ard Kanchaisak, the evening will focus on Spanish composers. Titled Viva Espagna, the evening will also offer the premiere of “Amor Eterno”, a piece written especially for the Ensemble by Chiang Mai composer Patiparn Jaikampan.
The concert will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m at AUA Chiang Mai. Tickets are a very reasonable 200 Baht and can be reserved by phone. 089 757 9875. Be sure and attend this evening as it shows that the quality of music on offer in Chiang Mai is second to none.

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Street photography comes to Chiang Mai

Jumpin and jiving with Biggles Big Band

Chiang Mai Ensemble returns to the stage