Songs of the Elements
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
LiLi Tan’s exhibit, Songs of the Elements, is on display at Sangdee Gallery
on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 until August 31, 2013.
a copy of the book Jo & Gecko for Patinaya “Joon” Srisuk at the party.
the Stratton Home show their support for their favorite artist!
art as graphic design.
Sharaku Interpreted by Japan’s Contemporary Artists
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.
students and artists showed great interest in technique and style of the
to perform in Chiang Mai
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
“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).
1. “Thunder Road” 4:49
2. “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” 3:11
3. “Night” 3:00
4. “Backstreets” 6:30
1. “Born to Run” 4:31
2. “She’s the One” 4:30
3. “Meeting Across the River” 3:18
4. “Jungleland” 9:34