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  • LEARNING

    Secret seasoning

    Published on 09/05/2017

    » Season Five "Kae Kon Tee Ahab Rak (Just a Secret Love)" Me Records

  • LIFESTYLE

    A triumph for all seasons

    Life, Published on 23/02/2017

    » Still only 23 years of age, violin soloist Elizabeth Basoff-Darskaia is yet another in an ever growing procession of accomplished millennial musicians who will be vying for the limelight in coming decades. Accompanied by the recently renamed Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and returning Dutch conductor Wim Steinmann, she worked her way assuredly through Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons last Wednesday, Feb 15, in the Small Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre, and one was taken over by the well-honed artistry and reliable technique, which are always undeniably there, but what is it about the character and personality of this particular player that can possibly set them apart from the legions who are likewise joining the concerto circuit wide-eyed and hungry? Especially in this work -- among the most recorded and continually performed of all Baroque masterpieces?

  • LIFESTYLE

    Top 20 Singles of 2016

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Whew! What an overwhelmingly eventful year 2016 has been. Much like Bob Dylan's ambivalence towards his Nobel Prize win, we too can't fully wrap our head around what went down these past 12 months -- what with all the monumental changes in politics worldwide and a number of musical greats we've lost from David Bowie and Prince, to Leonard Cohen and Sharon Jones. Despite everything that transpired, this year has seen some great, sonically diverse releases. Here, we present to you this year's top 20 singles, a good handful of which are brimming with a political urgency that brilliantly reflects the tumultuous times we're all living in. (Note that these are not in any particular order).

  • LIFESTYLE

    Third Time's a Charm

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 18/12/2016

    » On her latest EP as Stoondio, indie-folk darling Chotika Kamwongpin trades her usual airy acoustics for a punchier production.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Melodies made to move us

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/12/2016

    » For the 11 years that film director Jira "Keng" Maligool has been part of the studio GMM Tai Hub (now known as GDH559), he has wanted to make a film about King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But it wasn't until last year that the project took flight and finally manifested itself into Pohn Jak Fah (A Gift), now showing in cinemas nationwide.

  • TECH

    Google waives fame-seeking Spain boy's 100,000-euro bill

    AFP, Published on 05/10/2016

    » MADRID - Fame came at a price for a Spanish boy who mistakenly racked up 100,000 euros ($112,000) in advertising fees with Google as he attempted to make his brass band famous online.

  • OPINION

    Going, going, Gong

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/09/2016

    » Some time ago, I visited a small shop and bought some musical gongs from an elderly woman.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A song of kings

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 28/06/2016

    » Much like the National Anthem, Thailand's Royal Anthem, known as Pleng Sansoen Phra Barami, is an iconic tune that every Thai person knows by heart. Most commonly heard before the beginning of state occasions, movies, theatre or music performances, the cultural and musical significance of the Royal Anthem, which celebrates the monarch's glory, can't be understated.

  • LEARNING

    Marching bands in Thailand & Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 10/06/2016

    » Inspired by military service in Germany, Prince Paribatra (1881-1944) wrote over 70 marching band pieces during his life. Many western brass instructors served at the court of Siam.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The prince diaries

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 31/05/2016

    » At the swift flick of the baton, the sound of vibrating brass, woodwind instruments and percussion rose and shook audiences with the rhythmic vivacity of marching music. The 37 hand-picked musicians dressed in their separate uniforms -- red for the Royal Thai Army Military Band, dark blue for the Royal Thai Navy Band and maroon for the Royal Thai Police Band -- performed under the banner of the Siam Symphonic Band in Germany earlier this month.

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