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Vol. X No.16 - October 1 - October 31, 2011


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A Collage of Colour – The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai’s Second Birthday Recitals.

Performers Gilbert Medam, Ayu Namthep, Remi Namthep and the Payap Choir join Jean Pierre Kirkland at the performance that was held on October 21.

By Jai Pee

The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai have a fairly low profile yet provide opportunities for some of the finest music making to take place in the city. The weekend of October 21st and 22nd was no exception. Celebrating the second anniversary of the foundation of this group, two recitals were held at Santi’s School of Music which had the capacity audiences swinging along and enjoying every moment. The Friends group was set up initially to help promote the bi-annual Chiang Mai Music Festival but more recently with there being no firm news of another festival the group now seeks to promote the finest music makers available while seeking to make no profits whatever. All the proceeds from membership fees go to supporting visiting artists and their music making.

The weekend of October 21st and 22nd was a real collage of colour and first class musical entertainment. The recitals were repeats of one another and were opened by French-born guitarist, composer and artist Gilbert Medam. Explaining his raison d-etre to the full house, Gilbert painted two remarkable sound portraits, the first from his many and varied world travels and the second from his love of Brazilian melodies. His lightness of touch, attention to harmonic and structural detail plus his professional approach made these pieces a delight to the ear which the audience very much appreciated. Gilbert was followed by Payap University’s very talented pianist Remi Namthep. She chose to perform the whole of Ravel’s wonderfully expressive and evocative work, Miroirs (Reflections) written for a group of his friends in Paris between 1904 and 1905. Remi played with great panache and captured most eloquently the sounds of the ocean in the third piece and the incessantly persistent rhythm of the bells in the final piece. The whole work is technically quite challenging and Remi rose to the occasion by providing the audience with a scintillating and free-flowing version that was a delight from start to finish. To end the recital the newly formed “A Cappella iChoir” again from Payap University and conducted and trained by much respected Ajaan Ayu Namthep gave a great rendition of five contemporary songs which had the audience clicking their fingers and tapping their feet.  This nine-strong male voice choir has great potential and they gave their all in an incredibly forceful and enjoyable performance. With refreshments, some fireworks and lanterns the recitals game to a fitting close – how fortunate we are to have this kind of flourishing organization in the community that over the last 2 years has provided 20 or so first class concerts and recitals whilst at the same time allowing up-coming artists to have a platform for their various talents.

A collection was held after the music in response to the appeals for aid for the hundred of thousands of flood victims in the country. JP, the recital organizer handed over the wonderful sum of 10,000 baht to the manageress of the local Thai Red Cross Branch on Thursday October 27th – with grateful thanks to all those who dug deep into their pockets to help those less fortunate.


The Royal Occasion Continues – Gallery116 to hold a second auction!

By Jai-Pee

The silent auction held on October 15th at the 116 Art Gallery on Charoen Muang Road has raised the magnificent sum of 400,000 baht. This is a magnificent achievement reflecting the great generosity of the residents in Chiang Mai and the high quality of the art-work on display. As reported in an October article on the opening of this exhibition, the proceeds of this auction are to be divided between the artists themselves and the Rajaprachahanukro Royal Foundation. A number of artists have contributed additional paintings which are now to join those remaining in the gallery for a second silent auction on November 26th at around 5.30pm  Proceeds from the auction will again be divided between the artists and the Rajaprachahanukro Foundation, under the King’s patronage. Those wishing to bid in the second auction, thereby contributing to this worthy cause as well as enhancing their homes with one of these fine exhibits should contact the manageress of the Gallery Khun Methika and request one of the silent auction forms which list all those paintings to be entered into the next auction with their reserve prices, artists’ names, and in most cases small photographs of the paintings.

The Royal Foundation operates independently of all political groups and other parties thus ensuring that the monies raised reach their true destination without hindrance and without the promotion of self-interest. The exhibition will close on November 30th so it is well worth setting a date now and having a good look at these superb paintings with their contrasting themes, centred around the Royal Family and images associated with the Royal Family. The Gallery website can be found at www.116artgallery.com email: [email protected] or phone 053 302 111 or 086 670 0153; the Gallery is closed Mondays but open from 10.00am until 6.00pm other days including Sunday.


Lanna Artists Exhition

A contemporary Lanna piece by Arnan Ratchawang-inn.

A unique exhibition by 15 Lanna artists, all obtained their Masters Degree from Silpakorn University will be on display at Galerie Panisa on Mahidol Road. This 4th Contemporary Thai Art exhibition is entitled “Planupap Hang Julasilpa” (Small But Strong Paintings) and features paintings from Thongchai Srisukprasert, Songdej Thipthong, Asawinee Warnjing, Pornchai Jaima, Lipikorn Makaew, Arnan Ratchawang-inn, Surathin Tatana, Thanpisit Saenchan, Sakol Sutimarn, Chaiwat Khamfun, Likit Niseethanakarn, Veerasak Sasadee, Suwan Lamom, and Thanongsak Pakwan. The opening is November 4 at 6 p.m. and will be on view until November 30. 189 Mahidol Road (Closed on Sundays)


Naresuan Composers Prepare for Friendship Concert with Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra

Young local musicians to play alongside world stars

World-famous composers and conductors Bill Connor and Richard Harvey are welcomed to the Dusit Island, Chiang Rai, by the resort’s general manager, Mana Chanhorm, and Paramet Lerdkasem, founder of the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra.

The English composers of the music for Thailand’s epic Naresuan movies have arrived in Chiang Rai for a week of master classes and rehearsals leading up to a free Friendship Concert on Saturday in the beautiful surroundings of the Dusit Island Resort.

Richard Harvey and Bill Connor will be working closely with the violinists and other string players of the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra, who will be the real stars of this unique concert.

The CRYO is the only orchestra of its kind outside Bangkok. It includes nearly 60 youngsters from six years old to 25 and has been built up over more than ten years through the tireless enthusiasm of its founder and conductor, karate champion and music lover Paramet Lerdkasem.

Also taking part in this week’s daily music workshops will be the members of the all-female London-based string quartet, Sixteen Wires, led by 25-year-old Susie Gillis. They will teach and advise the Chiang Rai youngsters and play alongside them in Saturday’s Friendship Concert.

Richard Harvey has been the main composer for all the Naresuan films and has written music for many UK and Hollywood movies, including The Da Vinci Code. He lives in Sattahip, south of Bangkok, with his Thai wife, Chamnongchit.

Between them, Richard Harvey and Bill Connor have conducted dozens of major European orchestras and worked with everyone from Georg Solti, Kiri te Kanawa and John Williams to Sir Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

“This is the finest youth orchestra in Northern Thailand – probably anywhere outside Bangkok,” says Richard Harvey. “And it owes everything to the inspiration and energy of Khun Paramet.”

The Friendship Concert is presented by the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra, the Siam Chamber Orchestra Foundation and the MAE Foundation, a British-based charity that focuses on helping young people in Thailand to learn and play music.

The organisers have agreed that Saturday’s concert will feature a one-minute silence period, out of respect for all those who have suffered in Thailand’s recent and devastating floods.

Richard Harvey’s next conducting performance, at the end of November, will be a grand concert in Bangkok in honour of the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej. It will be attended by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and will feature a handpicked 70-piece international orchestra and chorus, with a roll call of leading soloists flown in from around the world. For further information, in English or Thai, call:  086 7325 292


Light space project at Gallery SeeScape

An international artists group exhibition will be held at Gallery SeeScape on Nimmanhaemin Soi 17 from November 3-17 and will investigate the broader conceptual ideas of light and space and painting as light. The placement within the site of specific artworks will also focus on the idea of painting as a spatial relation. The opening will be held November 3 at 6:30 PM.


The Dolls of Japan Exhibition

Japanese dolls: Beautiful pieces of art that display exquisite craftsmanship and the unique cultural heritage of Japan.

“Dolls” have been a part of everyday life in Japan since ancient times. Apart from being examples of the high level of craftsmanship needed to produce such beautifully elaborate artifacts, these dolls also play a distinct role in Japanese culture at, for example, the Doll Festival and the Boys Festival. Japanese dolls can be categorized in many ways according to the techniques and material used to create them, as well as the themes and shapes of the dolls.

This exhibition will display 70 Japanese dolls according to different themes. For example, dolls used in the Doll Festival or Hina Matsuri, warrior dolls from the Boys’ Festival, dolls depicting characters from traditional Japanese performing arts like Noh, Bunraku and Kabuki, Hakata dolls or clay dolls, Kimekomi dolls or wooden dolls dressed in kimonos, dolls made by modern craftsmen, and Kokeshi dolls with their unique character.

“The Dolls of Japan” exhibition will be held from October 2011 to early 2012 in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phayao. The exhibition is organized by the Japan Foundation, Crystal Design Center, Chiang Mai University Art Center, Muang Khon Contemporary Art Gallery and University of Phayao.

At Chiang Mai University Art Center, Nimmanhemin Road on Friday 4th– Wednesday 30th November 2011 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays) Opening Reception on Friday 4th November 2011 at 6 p.m.

For further information, please contact the Japan Foundation, Bangkok 02-260-8560~3.


American Documentary Showcase at CMU Art Center

The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai and the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, in collaboration with Rabbithood Studio, will launch the American Documentary Showcase in Chiang Mai on November 12-13 and 19-20, 2011, at the Chiang Mai University Art Center theater. The showcase will bring six award-winning contemporary American Documentaries to present various views and issues to local audiences.

The six selected films are contemporary calls for social change: —“Make Believe,” “New Frontiers,” “If a Tree Falls,” “Corner Plot,” “One Lucky Elephant” and “Niger ’66.” Some of the films were also screened at the 9th World Film Festival of Bangkok earlier this year.

The showcase’s opening and premiere screening will be on Saturday, November 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Chiang Mai University Art Center theater. The American filmmakers Steven Klein (“Make Believe,” Best Documentary 2010 at Los Angeles Film Festival) and Melinda Levin (“New Frontiers”) will be in attendance. Both are also scheduled to meet a Lampang audience the day before at a special screening at Nation University.

The American Documentary Showcase is funded by the U.S. State Department to offer a view of American society and culture as seen by independent documentary filmmakers.

Admission is FREE, with all films in English with Thai subtitles. For more details, please visit http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov; https://www.facebook.com/chiangmai.usconsulate and http://www.facebook.com/Rabbithood.


Computer hard drive production seriously affected by flooding

Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) announced that production of hard drives in its facilities close to Bangkok, Thailand, will be constrained in the current quarter due to the severe flooding in Thailand. The flooding is causing problems with the region’s infrastructure, including transportation and utilities, and has resulted in the inundation of some supplier facilities and employee homes. The company is gratified to report that its approximately 37,000 Thailand-based employees are deemed safe at this time.

The company is working with its suppliers to maximize throughput and availability of parts in order to best meet the needs of its customers.

In the quarter ending July 1, 2011, WD shipped approximately 54 million hard drives from its facilities in Thailand and Malaysia, with approximately 60 percent coming from its Thailand sites. The company’s Thailand operations source much of its supply of components from local suppliers.

While WD’s facilities in Thailand are operational, production has been suspended on a temporary basis to protect its employees and its facilities and equipment against water ingress. The company indicated that conditions associated with the continued flooding are evolving quickly and the extent of the impact on its operations in Thailand cannot yet be fully determined. (PR)


A Right Royal Occasion – Gallery116 does it again!

Doi Saket artist Eng-Orn with her vibrant painting of gladioli.

By Jai-Pee

If ever you wanted to experience something very different, then Gallery 116 on Charoen Muang Road is the place to go. Having had to postpone the opening of its new exhibition by just over a week due to flooding in the area, the Gallery threw wide its doors on Sunday 9th October to an enthusiastic and eager crowd of artists and art lovers. And the Gallery owner, Khun Wanthip Nimmenhaeminda made sure the opening was a real fiery affair! The throng of guests entered the gallery holding candles, which, after a short introduction were all lit with the assembled guests standing to attention as they sang the King’s Anthem and other loyal songs, showing their love for the King and country. This was centred in the Gallery’s main room where most of the paintings were of members of the Royal family, past and present, plus other very important symbols that honoured His Majesty and his family – after all, on December 5th this year the King will reach the grand age of 84, entering his Seventh Cycle on that auspicious day – and the exhibition will run through from now until a week after the King’s birthday.

Guests at the Gallery 116 opening light candles and sing
the King’s Anthem to open the exhibition.

The paintings are wide, varied and most attractive – many acrylic but a number of exceptions including wood cutting and oils. Particularly outstanding contributions were made by local Doi Saket artist Eng-Orn with a large canvass of gladioli, the protective flower of the Monarchy in true Buddhist tradition; there were several more similar paintings of such flowers by other artists in addition. Portraits of the Royal family abound with the King featuring in many of them, capturing his noble presence at various stages during his long and productive life, including one of him as a monk skillfully painted by Santi. Another outstanding eye-catcher is a large portrait of her late Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana painted by Sukanya – this attractive and beautiful homage to the dearly loved Princess captures both her elegance and her wonderfully radiant smile. In all, over 100 artists have contributed to this grand collection celebrating the great achievements of the country’s long-standing monarch and his family. Buddhist symbols feature in other paintings as well as some related Hindu images in two smaller contributions from local artist Plaek that he suggested were born from mother earth herself. This is really a fabulous collection and is a must for those who love art, Thailand and its time-honoured traditions.

Twenty-six of these paintings will be sold at a silent auction, the outcome of which will take place this Saturday October 15th at around 5.30pm. Proceeds from the auction will be divided between the artists and the Rajaprachahanukro Foundation, under the King’s patronage. This Foundation was set up about 30 years by the King to help the victims of a serious hurricane in the south of the country, especially focusing on aiding the children made parentless and homeless – today the Foundation continues with this very deserving work and no time more so than now, with the dreadful flooding that has been plaguing the country for several months. Those people wishing to bid in the auction, thereby contributing to this worthy cause as well as enhancing their homes with one of these fine exhibits should contact the manageress of the Gallery Khun Methika and request one of the silent auction forms which list all those to be entered into the auction with their reserve prices, artists’ names, and in most cases small photographs of the paintings. The Gallery website can be found at www.116artgallery.com email: [email protected] or phone 053 302 111 or 086 670 0153; the Gallery is closed Mondays but open from 10.00am until 6.00pm other days including Sunday.


What to Dip at CMU

The What to Dip exhibition opened at the CMU Art Museum and runs through October 28, featuring the works of 35 artists from 12 countries who work with unconventional materials and means to present their visual works. Working together with Sangdee Gallery and in association with the Chiang Mai Creative City Committee, What To Dip is brought to Chiang Mai by uncookedculture.com, an online community dedicated to fostering free-minded and self-taught artists. The exhibition opened on October 6, 2011 to an interested crowd of artists, guests and local residents. The artists were encouraged to make site specific works that utilize local materials and culture. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)


Smartphone and geotagging

By Shana Kongmun

I think by now, everyone has taken a photo with their phone and uploaded it to Facebook, Twitter, or other sites and yet have not perhaps been aware that they have just broadcast their location to anyone who chooses to have a look at the geotag embedded in the photo properties.

This geotag pinpoints the precise location where the photo was taken and then embeds that information into the photo, which can be easily found. If you take enough photos, someone can easily follow your footsteps, locating your home, where you buy your latte and where you go shopping.

And while most of us won’t have a stalker who goes to the effort to find this information, in this day and age where everything about everyone is online, broadcasting the location of your home and when you aren’t at it, may not be the wisest thing to do. And while it might not quite be the invitation to burglars that it is in a more connected society, a little bit of privacy isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Different phones have different options to turn off geotagging, and detailed information for several phones can be found here: http://icanstalku.com/how.php#disable. Check your own phone to see if geotagging is turned off.
 


Shadow Whisper; modern flamenco

Shadow Whisper is showing at the CMU Art Museum Theater this weekend and, having had a peek at the dress rehearsal, I must say that it is an enjoyable show. Shadow Whisper features the flamenco performance of Supreeda Wongsansee, whose fierce love for the dance shows. The musicians involved are terrific complements to the performance and the finale was great fun. Tickets for the afternoon shows at 2 PM today and Sunday still remain.
 


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

A Collage of Colour – The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai’s Second Birthday Recitals.

The Royal Occasion Continues – Gallery116 to hold a second auction!

Lanna Artists Exhition

Naresuan Composers Prepare for Friendship Concert with Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra

Light space project at Gallery SeeScape

The Dolls of Japan Exhibition

American Documentary Showcase at CMU Art Center

Computer hard drive production seriously affected by flooding

A Right Royal Occasion – Gallery116 does it again!

What to Dip at CMU

Smartphone and geotagging

Shadow Whisper; modern flamenco
 

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