Thursday, January 5, 2017

withep kanthima & the champagne band



artist: วิเทพ กันธิมา + วง แชมเปญ (withep kanthima & the champagne band)
album: ดนตรีลานนาผสมสากล ชุด บรรเลงคำร้อง (dontri lanna phasom sakon chut banleng kham rong)
tracklist:
01. เพลงดาดน่าน (phleng dat nan)
02. ซีจานตุง (si jantung)
03. เขมรกล่อมลูก (khmer klom luk)
04. จันทร์โลม (chan lom)
05. เพลงกันตรึม (phleng kantruem)
06. เพลงเร็ว (phleng reo)
07. ลำหลวงพระบาง (lam luang phrabang)
08. คางคกปากบ่อ (khang khok pak bo)
09. มอญดูดาว (mon du dao)
10. ลำเพลินอีสาน (lam phloen isan)
11. เสเลเมา (se le mao)
12. changing of the guards

this week's post marks the seventh in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our seventh tape from cliff again features the talents of lanna artist withep kanthima. born in 1954, withep trained from a young age with his father in the local music of northeast thailand, studying a range of folk instruments and performance styles. aside from this paternal instruction, withep was also a student of chao sunthon na chiang mai, our previously featured performer from cliff's collection. like his teacher, withep made his name hand-crafting local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts, marking that institution's first hire of a folk musician, according to cliff. he passed away in 2006 at the age of 54[1]. this fourth cassette from withep finds him taking up the pi nae, a northern reed oboe, running through melodies drawn from lanna, thailand, laos, cambodia, indonesia and america (specifically, bob dylan). accompanying withep is a modern rock combo, "the champagne band", with electric bass, drumset and keyboards, as well as an assortment of local instruments. enjoy!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

withep kanthima: dieow salo lanna



artist: วิเทพ กันธิมา (withep kanthima)
album: เดี่ยวสะล้อลานนา (dieow salo lanna)
tracklist:
01. พม่า (phama)
02. ปราสาทไหว (prasat wai)
03. เชียงใหม่ จะปุ ละม้าย (chiang mai cha pu la mai)
04. ฤาษีหลงถ้ำ (ruesi long tham)
05. สาวไหม (sao mai)
06. อื่อ (uea)
07. เงี้ยว (ngieow)
08. จ๊อย (choi)

this week's post marks the sixth in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our sixth tape from cliff again features the talents of lanna artist withep kanthima. born in 1954, withep trained from a young age with his father in the local music of northeast thailand, studying a range of folk instruments and performance styles. aside from this paternal instruction, withep was also a student of chao sunthon na chiang mai, our previously featured performer from cliff's collection. like his teacher, withep made his name hand-crafting local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts, marking that institution's first hire of a folk musician, according to cliff. he passed away in 2006 at the age of 54[1]. this third cassette from withep finds him switching to the salo, a three-stringed spike fiddle, running through improvisations on a selection of favorite regional tunes with accompaniment. enjoy!

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Monday, December 12, 2016

withep kanthima: dieow sueng, vol. 2



artist: วิเทพ กันธิมา (withep kanthima)
album: เดี่ยวซึง ชุดที่ 2 (dieow sueng, vol. 2)
tracklist:
01. แขกเชิญเจ้า (khaek choen chao)
02. นางครวญ ๒ ชั้น (nang khruan, 2nd level)
03. ต้นวรเชษฐ์ ๒ ชั้น (ton worachet, 2nd level)
04. ลาวลำปางใหญ่ ๒ ชั้น (lao lampang yai, 2nd level)
05. ลาวกระทบไม้ (lao krathop mai)
06. ลาวเสี่ยงเทียน ๒ ชั้น (lao siang thian, 2nd level)
07. ทยอยญวน (thayoi yuan)
08. สร้อยลำปาง ๒ ชั้น (soi lampang, 2nd level)
09. เขมรไทรโยค (khmer sai yok)
10. กล่อมนางนอน (klom nang non)
11. ลาวราชบุรี (lao ratchaburi)
12. สร้อยลาว (soi lao)
13. ลาวชมดง (lao chom dong)

this week's post marks the fifth in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our fifth tape from cliff again features the talents of lanna artist withep kanthima. born in 1954, withep trained from a young age with his father in the local music of northeast thailand, studying a range of folk instruments and performance styles. aside from this paternal instruction, withep was also a student of chao sunthon na chiang mai, our previously featured performer from cliff's collection. like his teacher, withep made his name hand-crafting local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts, marking that institution's first hire of a folk musician, according to cliff. he passed away in 2006 at the age of 54[1]. this cassette is his second volume of solo performances on the sueng, a plucked fretted lute, this time with some light accompaniment and featuring melodies drawn from the central thai classical/folk repetoire. enjoy!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

withep kanthima: dieow sueng



artist: วิเทพ กันธิมา (withep kanthima)
album: เดี่ยวซึง (dieow sueng)
tracklist:
01. น้อยใจยา (noi chai ya)
02. ลาวเดินดง (lao doen dong)
03. ซอล่องน่าน (so long nan)
04. ปราสาทไหว (prasat wai)
05. ล่องแม่ปิง (long mae ping)
06. เพลงอื่อ (phleng uea)
07. ฤษีหลงถ้ำ (ruesi long tham)
08. ระบำซอ (rabam so)
09. พม่า (phama)
10. เชียงใหม่ (จะปุ-ละม้าย) (chiang mai (cha pu-la mai))

this week's post marks the fourth in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our fourth tape from cliff features the talents of lanna artist withep kanthima. born in 1954, withep trained from a young age with his father in the local music of northeast thailand, studying a range of folk instruments and performance styles. aside from this paternal instruction, withep was also a student of chao sunthon na chiang mai, our previously featured performer from cliff's collection. like his teacher, withep made his name hand-crafting local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts, marking that institution's first hire of a folk musician, according to cliff. he passed away in 2006 at the age of 54[1]. this cassette features a performance on the sueng, a plucked fretted lute, running through solo improvisations on a selection of favorite regional tunes. enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

waiphot phetsuphan: sarawan ramwong



artist: ไวพจน์ เพชรสุพรรณ (waiphot phetsuphan)
album: สาระวันรำวง (sarawan ramwong)
tracklist:
01. สาระวันรำวง (sarawan ramwong)
02. รักพิลึก (rak philuek)
03. หน้าด้านหน้าทน (na dan na thon)
04. แม่คนเก๋ (mae khon ke)
05. แม่สาวคนโก้ (mae sao khon ko)
06. ขวัญใจคนจร (khwanchai khon chon)
featuring ขวัญจิต ศรีประจันต์ (khwanchit siphrachan)
07. พ่อเพลงพบรัก (pho phleng phop rak)
08. แม่ฟังเลี่ยมทอง (mae fang liam thong)
09. นะหน้าทอง (na na thong)
10. อุ้มช้างอาบน้ำ (um chang ap nam)
11. เพลงใหม่ไวพจน์ (phleng mai waiphot)
12. คนเร่หนัง (khon re nang)

this week, some excellent old roots music from the mighty waiphot phetsuphan! a national artist and luk thung boss nonpareil, waiphot has been a staple of the thai country music scene for half a century. born into a musical family from central thailand's suphanburi province, waiphot was trained from a toddler's age in a range of local styles. at 14 he joined a local liké theatre troupe, and at 16 won his first song contest. he was discovered shortly after by singer chaichana bunnachot, who introduced him to samniang muangthong, leader of the ruam daokrachai band. waiphot's powerful voice and spiritual focus have made him one of the most enduring and omnipresent characters of thai popular music. this cassette features several welcome surprises including a guest apparance by mae khwanchit siprachan and some unusual (for the time) molam-style khaen introductions.. enjoy!!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

khana chao sunthon na chiang mai: ekkalak lanna, vol. 3



artist: คณะ เจ้าสุนทร ณ เชียงใหม่ (khana chao sunthon na chiang mai)
album: เอกลักษณ์ลานนา ชุดที่ 3 (ekkalak lanna, vol. 3)
tracklist:
01. น้อยใจยา (เดี่ยว) (noi chai ya (solo))
02. เพลงพม่า (phleng phama)
03. ลาวสวยรวย (lao suai ruai)
04. ลาวลำปางใหญ่ (lao lampang yai)
05. ลาวดำเนินทราย (lao damnoen sai)
06. น้อยใจยา (noi chai ya)

this week's post marks the third in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our third tape from cliff features the ensemble of chao sunthon na chiang mai presenting volume 3 of their "lanna identity" series, focusing on solo vocal performances with orchestral backing. born into the chiang mai royal family, chao sunthon left the northern capitol and moved south to central thailand to study classical music. upon his return, he became a central character in the preservation and continued innovation of northern thai local music, composing new melodies, hand-crafting the finest local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts. he passed away in 1986 at the age of 68[1].

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

khana chao sunthon na chiang mai: ekkalak lanna, vol. 2



artist: คณะ เจ้าสุนทร ณ เชียงใหม่ (khana chao sunthon na chiang mai)
album: เอกลักษณ์ลานนา ชุดที่ 2 (ekkalak lanna, vol. 2)
tracklist:
01. ระบำซอ (rabam so)
02. ลาวคำหอม (lao kham hom)
03. ฟ้อนม่านมุ้ยเชียงตา (fon man mui chiang ta)
04. น้อยใจยา (คู่) (noi chai ya (duet))

this week's post marks the second in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our second tape from cliff features the ensemble of chao sunthon na chiang mai presenting volume 2 of their "lanna identity" series, adding vocal duets and choruses to the instrumental styles found on volume 1. born into the chiang mai royal family, chao sunthon left the northern capitol and moved south to central thailand to study classical music. upon his return, he became a central character in the preservation and continued innovation of northern thai local music, composing new melodies, hand-crafting the finest local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts. he passed away in 1986 at the age of 68[1].

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

khana chao sunthon na chiang mai: ekkalak lanna, vol. 1



artist: คณะ เจ้าสุนทร ณ เชียงใหม่ (khana chao sunthon na chiang mai)
album: เอกลักษณ์ลานนา ชุดที่ 1 (ekkalak lanna, vol. 1)
tracklist:
01. เพลงประสาทไหว (phleng prasat wai)
02. ล่องแม่ปิง (long mae ping)
03. ฤษีหลงถ้ำ (ruesi long tham)
04. เชียงใหม่จ๊ะปุ้ละม้าย (chiang mai cha pu la mai)
05. เพลงเงี้ยวไทยใหญ่ (phleng ngieow thai yai)
06. น้อยใจยา (บรรเลง) (noi chai ya (instrumental))
07. ขี่แม่จ๊อย (khi mae choi)
08. เพลงแห่ (phleng hae)
09. ฟ้อนผีมด (fon phi mot)
10. สร้อยเวียงพิงค์ (soi wiang phing)
11. เพลงพม่า (บรรเลง) (phleng phama (instrumental))
12. เพลงมวย (phleng muai)

this week's post marks the first in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane. a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

our first tape from cliff features the ensemble of chao sunthon na chiang mai presenting volume 1 of their "lanna identity" series. born into the chiang mai royal family, chao sunthon left the northern capitol and moved south to central thailand to study classical music. upon his return, he became a central character in the preservation and continued innovation of northern thai local music, composing new melodies, hand-crafting the finest local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts. he passed away in 1986 at the age of 68[1].

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

chabaphrai namwai: sao ban na sa'uen



artist: ชบาไพร นามวัย (chabaphrai namwai)
album: สาวบ้านนาสะอื้น (sao ban na sa'uen)
tracklist:
01. สาวบ้านนาสะอื้น (sao ban na sa'uen)
02. บ่มีคู่กอด (bo mi khu kot)
03. คอยพี่ที่แม่มูล (khoi phi thi mae mun)
04. บ้านนาคอยพี่ (ban na khoi phi)
05. สุดทางรัก (sut thang rak)
06. คิดฮอดเสียงพิณ (khit hot siang phin)
07. คิดถึงเสียงแคน (khit thueng siang khaen)
08. หนูรักบ้านนา (nu rak ban na)
09. บ่ลืมบ้านนา (bo luem ban na)
10. สิ้นใจผัว (sin chai phua)
11. แกล้งฉันทำไม (klaeng chan thammai)
12. ลำเพลินรักพี่แต่บุญไม่ถึง (lam phloen rak phi tae bun mai thueng)
13. ลำล่องแถมพรศรัทธา (lam long thaem phon sattha)
14. ลำล่องสั่งลา (lam long sang la)
15. ลำเพลินเดินนิทาน (lam phloen doen nithan)
sung by สะไบทอง เผ่าภูรี (sabaithong phaophuri)
16. ลำเพลินอวยพรทาน (lam phloen uai phon than)
sung by สะไบทอง เผ่าภูรี (sabaithong phaophuri)

this week, classic luk thung, lam phloen & more from chabaphrai namwai! like thongmai mali last post, miss chabaphrai of kalasin province brings us another set from doi inthanon's catalogue, this time dating further back to the 70's. chabaphrai gained her bona fides under molam sawai homsombat, and quickly earned a leading spot in the rung isan lam phloen and later khwanchai kalasin troupes. after gaining success with a few luk thung-style singles, she was able to form her own group and later became an instructor of molam at the kalasin college of dramatic arts, before she passed away in 2009[1]. please enjoy this eclectic collection of her early recordings, and don't miss her second album at the fantastic saobao esan blog!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

thongmai mali: lam phaen.. tha duan lao



artist: ทองมัย มาลี (thongmai mali)
album: ลำแพน.. ท้าดวลเหล้า (lam phaen.. tha duan lao)
tracklist:
01. ลำแพนท้าดวลเหล้า (lam phaen tha duan lao)
02. ลำแพนเมาชาบ้ารัก (lam phaen mao cha ba rak)
03. ลำแพนขันอาสา (lam phaen khan asa)
04. ลำแพนลาแฟนเข้าบวช (lam phaen la faen khao buat)
05. ลำแพนห้ามเจ้าบ่ฟัง (lam phaen ham chao bo fang)
06. ลำแพนให้มึงจื่อบักหัวใจ (lam phaen hai mueng chue bak hua chai)
07. ลำแพนงามคือดารา (lam phaen ngam khue dara)
08. ลำแพนสาวร่อนเร่ (lam phaen sao ron re)
09. ลำแพนสุรามาเฟีย (lam phaen sura mafia)
10. ลำแพนคนค๊วดๆ เขี่ยๆ (lam phaen khon khuat khuat khia khia)

this week, some groovy lam phaen from mr. thongmai mali! coming from doi inthanon's circle of stars in the 80s, thongmai was one of the earliest and chief practitioners of the lam phaen style, which seems to have been the link between 70s lam phloen, which first wedded traditional lam with international pop influences, and lam sing, the manic, racy non-stop party music of the 90s. lam phaen added some speed and raunch to the former, setting pace for the brilliant excesses to come. it was also alleged by one source, at least, to have been influenced by the music and/or speech patterns of the kui people in sisaket province. is there any truth to this? who knows? enjoy!

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