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Home arrow News arrow News Snippet arrow Celebrate Indian Independence with Fusion Music Concert
Celebrate Indian Independence with Fusion Music Concert Print E-mail

HarSangeetAugust 1, 2008
by Newsdesk

 

On 9th August Utopia Productions is organizing a Fusion Music Concert "East Meets West" at Shrewsbury International School.

Show information :

Time : 9th August 2008 - 7:00 pm onwards
Venue : Khunying Sumanee Memorial Hall - Shrewsbury International School (between Charoenkrung 70 & 72)
Tickets :500 and 800 Baht

Buy Tickets now : Click here (coming soon) or call 02-6552281 (during office hours)

Thaindian.com is also running an independance day concert and giving away 1 ticket each to 2 very lucky winners (click here )

 
The Bands performing in the concert.

1. HarSangeet

This Bangkok-based band of three members, Ustadji Maiya Singh, Shri Satpal Singh and Manav Singh play Indian Classical music with the use of ancient instruments like the Tar Shehnai and Esraj.

They recently performed at the "Rhythm of the Earth" World Music Festival with other world class musicians at Central World.

What's a Tar Shehnai? an Esraj? a Dilruba?

Dilruba is a 200-300 year old stringed instrument that looks like a smaller version of the Sitar, but is played with a bow like a Cello. Another appropriate description is "a Dilruba is Half a Sarangi and Half a Sitar".  

An Esraj is essentially the same as a Dilruba, except for a few minor differences: the shape of the soundbox, the position of the main playing string, and the way the resonating strings are arranged behind the playing string.

An Esraj becomes a Tar-Shehnai when a mechanical amplifier is hooked on to the main playing string to produce a high pitched Shehnai type sound. This is a relatively new development from the early 1900s.

Members

  • Ustadji Maiya Singh - on TarShehnai : Maiya Singh ji was born in Thailand to a musical family. Development of his talent started when he was five years old with musical training under his faher, Shri Jagjit Singh "Azad."
  • With the blessings of Shri Satguru Jagjit Singh Maharaj, Maiya Singh was given the opportunity to learn Classical Indian Vocal music from the late Pt. Siyaram Tivari Ji (Dhrupad Gayan) and Pt Rajan Sajan Mishra Ji.
  • He learned the art of Tar Shehnai from Ustad Baljeet Singh Namdhari.
  • Shri Satpal Singh - on Tabla : Satpal Singh has been a student of Tabla for over 20 years. He has studied under Shri Ramesh Kumar in India, as well as Shri Ganga Singh of Bangkok.
  • Manav Singh - on Esraj : Manav Singh is a local music enthusiast who has been Ustad Maiya Singh's student for 5 years now.

2. Last G

Known by two different names, this band of four musicians Khun Ted, Khun Charlee, Khun Sanu and Khun Artnarong are best known as Todd Tong Dii's backup band and together they have already released five albums with him (even though they also perform without him). Todd is a well-known performer who can be seen on the Thai TV show, "Khun Phra Chuay".

The band's other work, both individually and collectively include "Aie" (Sony recording artist), Tic Shearo (Nititad Records) and other well-known Thai bands like ZuZu, Carabao and Carawan.

In 2007, the band toured the United States with several Thai artists, including Khun In, the famous Thai traditional Ra Naad player whose story was featured in the popular Thai film, "Home Phrom".

At the annual World Music Concert held in Bangkok they played with Debashish Bhattacharya, the great Indian slide guitar virtuoso.

The team also plays regular jazz gigs at Brown Sugar; on Fridays and Saturdays, they switch to classic rock and folk for the foreigners at Khao Sarn Road, and then blues at Tokyo Joe's on Wednesdays. They also play occasional gigs at Saxophone.


Members
  • Ted Lewand (Ted): plays the guitar in the band. He is the Department Chairman of Music at ABAC University and hold's a master's degree in music composition from New York. His music can also be heard at gasgiantmusic.com
  • Charlee Pechsiri (Lee): plays the drums and is the Head of the Drum Department at KPI music academy.
  • Sanu Wannaporn (Nuu): plays the keyboards and is currently a Producer at Grammy Records.
  • Artnarong Srisuwan (Au): plays the bass and used to be the bassist for the popular Thai band, "Santipap". He has also previously worked with RS Promotions as both a Producer and Session musician.

3. Khun In

He is known as Khun In from the theme of a movie he played a part in, The Overture.  His popularity has taken him on concerts touring countries such as Italy, Switzerland, France, USA, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China and Russia. He has also been invited to be a member of Asia Beat music band that includes 12 other top musicians across Asia.

Khun In has already been bestowed a Royal Award in a competition to compose Thai music. He has been a Thai Music teacher level 7 at Huai Jorakhe School and at Police Academy Sampran. His first music show was in a TV program on Channel 9.

He has been a member of a number of bands including Kangsadal, Boy Thai, Tawan Noveljazz, Bangkok acoustic. Some samples of his work is listed below.

 
Thai Classical Songs

  1. Phandin thong Tao (Golden Land) received the first prize from the princess
  2. Klai Rung Tao (Morning Dawn) for Kangsadal band
  3. Phan Din Tham Tao (Land of Peace) (Second prize award)
  4. Homrong Triam Udom (Overture of Pre College) for pre college school
  5. Homgrong Nakornpathom for the National Traditional Ceremony.
  6. Rabum Ron Ploy ( Dancing with Gewel) for Jantaburi provice.
  7. Homrong Cho Paka (Flower Overture)
Thai Pop Songs

  1. Tipaya Duriyang (Paradise music) for Channel 7
  2. Sook Jai
  3. Lamer Sao (Dream Girl)
  4. Silapin Fang Thon (Thonburi Musician)
  5. Yak Rong Look Tung (Wanna sing thai classical music)

 East meets West concert Bangkok

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