Tuesday, August 26, 2008

100 YEARS OF 'ANGKLUNG'

Music of two countries

Familiar bamboo sounds and superb performances made a angklung concert, by Thai and Indonesian musicians, a fun and memorable event. Organised by the Luang Pradit Phairoah (Sorn Silapabanleng) Foundation and Srinakharinwirot University, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Thai and Indonesian tourism agencies, the concert marked the 100th anniversary of angklung in Thailand.

It encompassed a series of angklung performances and a workshop by the Duriyasap Band, led by Pat Buatang, and the Saung Anklung Udjo band of Indonesia, lead by Sam Udjo.

Before the concert, there were some warm-up activities, which included a performance by 100 young angklung players from four Bangkok schools, led by Sawit Tabtimsri; an angklung dance by the Patravadi Theatre troupe and a kaen (Isan's bamboo mouth organ) performance by the A-ngun Bua-iam conservatory.

The highlight of the event was a ranaad performance by Uthai Kaewla-iad, Sanoh Luangsunthorn and Natapong Sowatra, who played three different bamboo xylophones belonging to Luang Pradit Phairoah.

It was Udjo's first-ever performance before a Thai audience, and they made the most of it. The internationally-renowned band played at Srinakharinwirot University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ban Somdej Rajabhat University, the Indonesian embassy and TK Park, while the Thai band joined the stage only at the grand concert.

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