Jean-Pierre Kirkland gave a seminar on a wide
range of popular music to raise funds for the Baan Pa Kum School on July 18,
2014 at Santi Music School on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5.
By Shana Kongmun
Musicologist and occasional Chiang Mai Mail columnist JP took an
audience of around 30 people on a musical journey to far off places like New
York, Austria, Sweden and even Thailand with his recent video presentation
on music at Santi Music School on Friday, July 18, 2014.
JP combed through videos to present his selection, coming up with old
favorites and some new. Offering information on the song, the artist and the
author, the evening was both interesting and entertaining offering a wide
range of “popular” music from Neil Diamond who scored the Jonathan
Livingston Seagull film (who knew? As JP pointed out, not sure how much of a
blockbuster a film about a seagull can be) to a powerful Miserere by Andrea
Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti and a gruff voiced Zucchero.
Well-known Chiang Mai personality Dr. Howard was
joined by friends at the lecture.
JP threw in classic Thai folk artist Caravan whose music launched a
generation of social activists in Thailand with their “Songs for Life” to
Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins who did the same in the U.S. Offering titbits
of information and background made the songs come alive and the musicians
who performed the music and the lighthearted ending with a song by satirist
Tom Lehrer “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” was the perfect ending to what
was an at times somber and at times lively evening of music.
JP will be offering a second round on the seminar on August 22, funds raised
go towards the purchase of music instruments for the remote Baan Pa Kum
school in Samoeng whose students as yet, have no musical instruments
whatsoever. Reservations are limited for the next event so booking is
necessary; [email protected]