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  • LEARNING

    Classical music event in Bangkok

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 25/01/2011

    » With violinist Jonathon Glonek (Chulalongkorn) and pianist Eri Nakagawa (Mahidol).

  • LIFESTYLE

    Triumphant resurrection of Mahler's masterpiece

    Life, Published on 03/03/2015

    » With the crash of the opening notes from the first movement of the Siam Philharmonic's performance of Mahler's Symphony No.2, it was evident we were in for a gigantic 85-minute ride.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Footloose and fancy-free

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 17/03/2019

    » Over the past decade, Beirut's Zach Condon has been a go-to guy for what I like to refer to as "speciality indie rock". This is just a fancy way of saying that the music is unlike your typical indie sound. Beirut are masters when it comes to injecting world music elements into their repertoire, which has accumulated into a sizeable discography since their 2006 debut Gulag Orkestar. And although the boys may have faltered somewhat with previous effort No No No, they're back stronger than ever with their latest, Gallipoli.

  • LEARNING

    The link between Thai & Western music

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 17/08/2012

    » The composer who worked to link Thai & Western music, Prasidh Silapabanleng (son of Luang Pradit Phairoh), was born 100 years ago next month.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Tomorrow Starts Today

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 24/02/2019

    » From returning to college, starring in the Netflix series The OA and getting pregnant, New York-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has had a busy few years prior to the arrival of her fifth studio outing, Remind Me Tomorrow. The record, helmed by indie rock's go-to producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Future Islands, Unknown Mortal Orchestra), reflects those changes in her life via a stylistic shift that emphasises less on the guitars, but more on other instruments like synths, pianos and even occasional drones.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Three is the magic number

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 30/01/2018

    » This week World Beat considers three stringed instruments from Africa: the valiha from Madagascar, kora from West Africa and oud from North Africa (which may have originated in what was Persia). All these instruments are plucked and 10 years ago, a bright spark in the music business thought it would be a good idea to bring together three master pluckers of these three instruments to see what music they might create. The result was the 3MA project release back in 2008.

  • LIFESTYLE

    March of the brass bands

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 25/08/2015

    » Military marching bands brought Western music to Asia, beginning a process of cultural fusion and interaction that continues to this day. Christian religious music came along at the same time, often in the form of hymns, but I'm not sure that hymns had the same impact as the dramatic, crashing sound of brass instruments played by marching musicians.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The miracle of Mahler

    Life, Published on 06/09/2018

    » When Maestro Somtow conducts, the sparks are sure to fly.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The art of being

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 14/10/2018

    » Having ditched her successful career as a young start-up CEO to pursue music independently, Peeralada Sukawat, mononymously known as Pyra, has a lot to prove both to herself and to her family, who'd rather she took up a 9-to-5 job. "It's more about self-actualisation. I want to see something I expect of myself happen. The more people tell me I can't, the more I want to do it," she asserted in her 2016 interview with the Bangkok Post's now-defunct Saturday supplement Muse, wherein she talked candidly about depression and her frayed relationship with her mother. The piece further illuminates her self-produced debut EP Stray, a stunning release that, while deservedly vouched for by Apple Music Thailand, somehow failed to woo a local radio station because "they couldn't figure out what category I fell into".

  • LEARNING

    Thai classical music innovator: Utis Narksawat

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 29/03/2013

    » After a PhD in agricultural economics, he studied with music legend Luang Pradit Phairo & went on to invent new instruments & styles of playing.

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