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Songs of the Elements

LiLi stands in front of the triptych Coming Home, on acrylic and one of the showpieces of the exhibit.

By Shana Kongmun
Sangdee Gallery on Sirimangkalajarn soi 5 saw a full house on Friday, August 1 as art lovers and friends of LiLi Tan filled the space for the opening of her exhibition “Songs of the Elements.” Guests were invited to “sign” a canvas instead of the usual guest book and the canvas quickly filled up with almost as much color as covered the walls.
LiLi’s bright and colorful paintings mirror her feelings and work with local charities. Children from The Stratton Foundation, who have benefited from LiLi’s help, were there as well, mainly it seemed to make sure the adults didn’t get out of hand!
The evening also saw the sale of a wonderful children’s book entitled Jo & Gecko, illustrated by LiLi, the proceeds of which will benefit the Kids Home.
LiLi Tan’s exhibit, Songs of the Elements, is on display at Sangdee Gallery on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 until August 31, 2013.

LiLi signs a copy of the book Jo & Gecko for Patinaya “Joon” Srisuk at the party.

Kids from the Stratton Home show their support for their favorite artist!

Sharaku’s art as graphic design.

Sharaku Interpreted by Japan’s Contemporary Artists

Vice Consul Sato is joined by Kazuhiro Fukuda, Director General of the Japan Foundation and Dr. Pongdej Chaiyakut, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at CMU cut the ribbon to open the exhibit.

The Subject of this exhibition is the famous Edo-period ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist Sharaku Toshusai, who is known for his inimitable bust portraits of Kabuki actors. Included in the exhibition are 28 of Sharaku’s bust portraits (reproductions) ; 28 posters by graphic designers; and 23 paintings, sculptures, ceramics and woodblock prints by Japanese contemporary artists who have reinterpreted Sharaku using a combination of fluid ideas and definitive expression.
The opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, August 6th and was attended by the Japanese Consul General Akihito Fujii as well as many Japanese residents of Chiang Mai, students and people interested in Japanese art. Following the opening ceremony there was talk on Sharaku and graphic design of today by Ajaan Thongchai Yukantapornpong, Department of Print Making in the Faculty of Fine Arts at CMU.
The exhibition will be held at Chiang Mai University Art and Culture Center, Nimmanhaemin Road until Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors, students and artists showed great interest in technique and style of the various artists.

Hucky Eichelmann to perform in Chiang Mai

Hucky Eichelmann is a guitarist, arranger and composer of exceptional ability with his focus set towards the East. His professional career spans over four decades and he has toured globally and performed at the world’s top venues including a concert at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

In celebration of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s 85th birthday guitarist Hucky Eichelmann will be on tour throughout Thailand from August 20 – September 30, 2013. The tour is presented by AMI Events, TRUEVISIONS and TNN24, sponsored by Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited and Siam City Cement Public Company Limited and supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lufthansa, AER The Acoustic People and Soontorn Film Co. Ltd.
This year’s tour aims to honor His Majesty the King, a gifted jazz musician and great composer, by showcasing a selection of His Majesty’s jazz compositions along with a variety of music from around the world. Another highlight will be Hucky’s collaboration with students from the broader community to appear as guest performer at selected venues. He will be performing at CMU Convention Center on Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

Life at 33 1/3: Bombshell: “Born To Run” sucks

Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run (Columbia)

By Carl Meyer

A street-gang serenade from New Jersey that feeds on Steinbeck, Dylan and West Side Story. There are cars, flick knives and thumping juvenile hearts. Lyric heavy, theatrical, noisy, overproduced and so self-important it’s almost touching. The sound is pure fun fair (and rather tacky at that): stilted grand piano, fizzy organ, a huge saxophone, guitars, a flickering clatter of triangles, harmonica and glockenspiel, horns, strings and even more guitars – all blasting full throttle, quite often with the force of a hurricane.
Springsteen’s voice is raspy and cracked, rough as leather. It’s an instrument with limitations, but not without charm. But he can’t do much else here than to mumble in the quiet sections, and roar when the band ignites. The huge and busy sound is a camouflage distracting you from the fact that these songs aren’t much songs at all but a string of undeveloped ideas soaked in drama.
When the music takes off big time it mostly sounds fussy and unfinished, there’s some half decent choruses, snippets of melodies that tend to just flatten out (listen how “Thunder Road” is struggling, running out of steam again and again). When he slows down and aims for the big epic, as in the nearly ten minute “Jungleland”, he turns into a talkative guy surrounded by ambient, but hollow sound-scapes.
I don’t understand why this album has such a high standing. The tinny production (almost painful to the ear at high volume), the lack of tunes, the stack of musical clichés that probably made Phil Spector reach for his gun, it is immature, busy, overdressed and doesn’t hand you a single song that you can actually hum. It’s not even a riff here to chew on.
The arrangements are terribly misleading because they build up to something that never comes: A release, a divine melody that takes you straight through the diamond skies quivering with excitement. To be honest, the title track does take you at least half way there. It kicks like a Harley and roars like a Thunderbird, and for once the dizzy fun fair clatter works. That tune does have its moments of magic.
“Born To Run” is one of the most overrated albums ever. At the time I was seduced by the sound, the punch, the power and the enormous commitment. I was. But very soon I realized that I rarely played the bugger. It turned into a dust collector. The sequel, “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”, was something else completely. With that album Bruce Springsteen made his real entrance.
“Born To Run” was just hype.

Released: August 1975
Produced by: Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, Jon Landau.
Recorded: Record Plant, New York and 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York January 1974 - July 1975
(All songs written and composed by Bruce Springsteen).

Side One
1. “Thunder Road” 4:49
2. “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” 3:11
3. “Night” 3:00
4. “Backstreets” 6:30

Side Two
1. “Born to Run” 4:31
2. “She’s the One” 4:30
3. “Meeting Across the River” 3:18
4. “Jungleland” 9:34

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Songs of the Elements

Sharaku Interpreted by Japan’s Contemporary Artists

Hucky Eichelmann to perform in Chiang Mai

Life at 33 1/3: Bombshell: “Born To Run” sucks