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  • LIFESTYLE

    Thai pianist plays Ravel

    Life, Published on 25/08/2015

    » The future of classical music may well be in the hands of Asian musicians. Evidence of this was again demonstrated by a Thai pianist, Kwanchanok Pongpairoj, the featured soloist in Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto In G Major, which she performed in the Prince Mahidol Hall with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra on Aug 15. Kwanchanok is yet another Thai who is currently studying abroad -- in her case, in Manchester, England. Her early talent was rewarded with the Valedictorian Award from the College of Music at Mahidol University and after graduation, she collected more awards, including First Prize at the Princess Galyani Vadhana International Ensemble Competition in 2014.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Soulful, sorrowful, tragic

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/08/2015

    » Amy is a biographical documentary of the singer Amy Winehouse, but it is also a horror film. Watching it is like watching a ghost, a confused, tortured ghost of a woman who has boundless talent in singing and none in living. As we watch Amy Winehouse -- in home video footage, concert recordings, TV interviews, etc -- it hits us that we're watching her being killed slowly at every passing minute; killed by herself, her addiction, and by the cruel ecosystem of the fame industry that feeds first on her gift then more voraciously on her downfall. This is one of the best documentary films this year, and in some parts it's also one of the hardest to watch.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A star is reborn

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 12/10/2018

    » Why is everyone talking about A Star Is Born? Partly because it's a musical romantic drama that has been retold so many times in Hollywood (now, as well as in 1976, 1957, 1937). It's also because the film features two of the best-known faces in the film and music worlds: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. The film has already gathered Oscar buzz, especially surrounding the speculation that the two leads would receive matching nominations.

  • OPINION

    Two hats not good

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 07/10/2018

    » When Bangkok got too noisy because of all the criticism about cabinet ministers taking advantage by openly playing politics unfairly, the general prime minister escaped to the North on another scrupulously non-political trip to give away money and be photographed with every local personality and housewife within 20 kilometres.

  • LIFESTYLE

    No Child’s Play

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 22/02/2015

    » American writer, comic, actor and rapper Donald Glover shows off his many layers of talent in a double-release as Childish Gambino.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A Mahler masterpiece

    Life, Published on 31/10/2018

    » The Thailand Philharmonic Orhcestra will kick off its 14th Season with the "Resurrection" concert at Mahidol University's Prince Mahidol Hall, Salaya campus, on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm.

  • OPINION

    From a cultured cabbie to the Albert Hall

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/09/2018

    » The recent column on the musical tastes of Bangkok's taxi drivers prompted quite a few comments from readers relating assorted cab rides featuring the joyful strains of Cliff Richard, Boney M and even Pavarotti. However, Elvis remains the favourite amongst the veteran cabbies.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Boogie down one last time

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 13/01/2015

    » Johnny Otis was one of the pioneers of R&B, a key but often neglected figure in the development of rock'n'roll. Otis passed away, aged 90, at his home in California in 2012, after a lifetime in show business as a performer and band leader, composer, arranger, producer, disc jockey, nightclub owner, talent scout, political activist and cartoonist. He had over 20 R&B and pop hits between 1948-60 and was responsible for the discovery of Etta James, Hank Ballard, Jackie Wilson and Little Esther Jones, among others.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Music is the best medicine

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 20/11/2014

    » The Supatwanich siblings — Kanlaya, Kangsadal and Chatr — share a talent for singing, and team up as a trio, Plern Asa, for monthly performances at Ramathibodi Hospital's bustling outpatient department.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Mariah who-cares-y?

    Life, Onsiri Pravattiyagul, Published on 04/11/2014

    » As one of the most memorable and praised pop vocalists of her time, there's no denying that Mariah Carey's vocal prowess is second to none, with her ability to go beyond the seventh octave and her signature whistle register. When at the top of her game, Carey's sense of pitch and acrobatic whispery vocals are revered, and have given pop music a new sense of entitlement.

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