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Super Junior’s Hee-chul, TWICE’s Momo in romantic relationship #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 3, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Super Junior’s Hee-chul, TWICE’s Momo in romantic relationship

Jan 02. 2020
Kim Hee-chul of boy band Super Junior and girl group TWICE's Japanese member Momo are in a romantic relationship, the artists' management agencies confirms Thursday.(Yonhap)

Kim Hee-chul of boy band Super Junior and girl group TWICE’s Japanese member Momo are in a romantic relationship, the artists’ management agencies confirms Thursday.(Yonhap)
By The Korea Herald/ANN

Kim Hee-chul of boy band Super Junior and girl group TWICE’s Japanese member Momo are in a romantic relationship, the artists’ management agencies confirmed Thursday. “After getting along as close colleagues of show business, the two have recently started liking and dating each other,” Kim’s agency, Label SJ, said.

The relationship was also confirmed by JYP Entertainment, the talent agency of TWICE.

The artists from some of South Korea’s most loved idol bands make them one of the highest-profile couple at the K-pop scene.

Born in 1983, Kim debuted as a member of Super Junior in 2005 and has expanded his career to reality shows. Born in 1996, Momo is from Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture and joined TWICE through a South Korean reality idol audition program in 2015. Her legal name is Hirai Momo.

The agencies admitted to the two idol stars’ relationship following a local news report earlier in the day. (Yonhap)

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200102000082

Twice singer Tzuyu has world’s most beautiful face, BTS singer Jungkook is most handsome #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published December 29, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Twice singer Tzuyu has world’s most beautiful face, BTS singer Jungkook is most handsome

Dec 29. 2019
Taiwan-born singer Tzuyu of K-pop girl group Twice and South Korean boyband BTS singer Jungkook took the top places as the world's Most Beautiful Face.PHOTOS: TWICETAGRAM/INSTAGRAM, BTS.JUNGKOOK/INSTAGRAM

Taiwan-born singer Tzuyu of K-pop girl group Twice and South Korean boyband BTS singer Jungkook took the top places as the world’s Most Beautiful Face.PHOTOS: TWICETAGRAM/INSTAGRAM, BTS.JUNGKOOK/INSTAGRAM
By The Straits Times, ANN

French model Thylane Blondeau has been dethroned as the world’s Most Beautiful Face.

The 18-year-old drops to the fourth spot in this year’s list of 100 names compiled by TC Candler, with Taiwan-born singer Tzuyu of K-pop girl group Twice sitting pretty at No. 1.

TC Candler has rated the world’s top male and female lookers since 1990.

The 20-year-old Tzuyu is followed by 18-year-old Israeli model Yael Shelbia in No. 2, and 22-year-old Thailand-born singer Lisa in No. 3.

Lisa is part of the successful Korean girl group Blackpink.

British actress Naomi Scott, 26, who stars in Aladdin (2019), completes the top 5 list.

In the Most Handsome Face ranking, actor Jason Momoa, 40, who starred in Aquaman (2018), has also lost his crown.

He is in the No. 5 spot in this year’s survey that is topped by Jungkook, 22.

He is a singer in South Korean boyband BTS.

Most beautiful face winners over the past 30 years include actresses Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman.

The men’s list, which started only in 2013, has seen actors Michael Fassbender and Michiel Huisman named as most handsome faces.

Tzuyu has turned more heads over the years.

She was placed third in 2017 and second last year.

Jungkook scaled the peak after he was ranked second last year.

Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, 30, better-known as Pewdiepie, is in second spot while singer Shawn Mendes, 21, is in third.

Another BTS singer, 23-year-old V, is at No. 4.

Year in review: The biggest K-pop news of the year #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published December 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Year in review: The biggest K-pop news of the year

Dec 22. 2019
Seungri, former Big Bang member, in May attends arrest warrant hearing on charges of embezzlement and procuring sexual services. The court denied to issue an arrest warrant. (Yonhap)

Seungri, former Big Bang member, in May attends arrest warrant hearing on charges of embezzlement and procuring sexual services. The court denied to issue an arrest warrant. (Yonhap)
By The Korea Herald/ANN

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To say the least, the year 2019 was a tumultuous one. Ups and downs, tears of joy and sorrow dominated the headlines.

Here are some of the major stories that dominated K-pop news.

1. Plight of YG Entertainment

At the beginning of the year, it seemed like K-pop powerhouse YG Entertainment would have a solid 2019. YG’s girl group Blackpink was enjoying growing popularity around the world, while the label’s crown jewel Big Bang was gearing up for a possible comeback when all the members were discharged from the military.

But that all changed when the label became mired in an industry-wide scandal that started at the Burning Sun Nightclub, owned by Big Bang’s ex-member Seungri. The Burning Sun scandal then snowballed to allegations ranging from prostitution, sexual assault, police corruption, spycam, and drug, among others, involving multiple K-pop artists. The scandal forced Seungri to quit the entertainment industry, while YG’s head and founder Yang Hyun-suk also stepped down for his involvement, including allegedly colluding with police to cover up past drug incidents involving one of his artists, iKON’s B.I. His brother Yang Min-suk, who served as agency’s CEO, also stepped down in June.

 

YG is now led by new appointed CEO Hwang Bo-kyung, but industry watchers speculate it will take a while for one of the once powerful K-pop agencies to regain its foothold. The scandal has halved YG’s stock price from earlier this year, and the future looks bleak at the moment. But there is some hope. Blackpink is slated to return with new music early next year, while Big Bang could possibly still make comeback.

2. BTS global domination

As the year kicked off, BTS continued its global domination, reaching places that no other K-pop group has. In February, the seven members, dressed in sleek black tuxedos, walked the red carpet of the 61st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. At music’s big night, BTS graced the stage to present the best R&B album of the year to H.E.R. While BTS did not take home any trophies — after being nominated for best album package — it made history as the first-ever Korean act to appear at the Grammys.

BTS performs at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, as part of their world tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself.” (Big Hit Entertainment)

BTS performs at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, as part of their world tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself.” (Big Hit Entertainment)

In April, BTS made its much-awaited return to music with “Map of the Soul: Persona,” slashing global charts and its own records. The seven-track EP debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first group since the Beatles to earn three top spots in less than a year. The album also ranked No. 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart, becoming the first Korean act to do so. The title track “Boy With Luv,” featuring Halsey, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s highest-charting song, as well the best score by a K-pop group.Meanwhile, the band traveled all around the world, hitting major stadiums in its world tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself.” The UK’s Wembley Stadium, California’s Rose Bowl Stadium are among the stops that BTS turned the colossal stadium into purple. With its stop at the King Fahd International Stadium, BTS also became the first-ever foreign act to perform at a stadium in Saudi Arabia.

On the awards front, BTS won two prizes at the Billboard Music Awards and three at the American Music Awards. It’s not over yet. With the year-end music awards, BTS has been sweeping the scene, taking home multiple top prizes at the latest MMA and MAMA shows.

3. K-pop romances

K-pop stars sing about love, but romance is not so easy in the industry where singers are closely watched and bound by strict rules — where some agencies even put no dating clause in the contract.

Nevertheless, new lovers are born, as well as some heartbreaks in this cutthroat K-pop industry. Some manage to stay strong and steady.

HyunA and Dawn pose at press showchase in November. (Yonhap)

HyunA and Dawn pose at press showchase in November. (Yonhap)

To kick of the New Year, K-pop fans woke up to a news that K-pop darlings EXO’s Kai and Blackpink’s Jennie were dating, which was later confirmed by the agency. The news met with feverish media attention as well as mixed responses from fans.

The fire, however, was short-lived. Less than a month after their relationship was exposed, EXO’s SM Entertainment said the two had split ways, without giving a reason.

A new idol couple emerged when Kang Daniel, former Wanna One member, and Twice’s Jihyo were confirmed to be dating in August. The news shocked their fans with some expressing disappointment, but support as well. The two reportedly were introduced through an unnamed K-pop idol. Despite some breakup rumors, they still seem to be going steady.

Then there is K-pop power couple HyunA and Dawn, who have been going strong for four years. Earlier this year, both singers signed with Psy’s new agency P Nation, after being kicked out from Cube Entertainment for dating last year. Their relationship carried through to their work, as the two made the rare decision to release albums on the same day. In November, HyunA dropped “Flower Shower,” while Dawn released “Money” at a joint showcase, openly expressing gratitude and affection toward each other.

4. Deaths of Sulli, Goo Hara

It was a heartbreaking year, having to bid farewell to two K-pop sweethearts. In October, Sulli, formerly of f(x), was found dead at her home. While the exact cause of death has not been revealed, the 25-year-old starlet, whose real name is Choi Jin-ri, had been suffering from depression, according to the police. Sulli had been target of severe public criticism for her outspoken positions on feminism, mental health and body image, which remain sensitive issues in the K-pop industry. Six weeks later, Goo Hara, an actor and singer who was part of Kara also died. The death of Goo, who was a close friend of Sulli, prompted another wave of grief and shock. Goo had been also suffering from online abuse and intense media attention, especially after her involvement in the court battle with her ex-boyfriend, accusing him of threatening her with a sex video filmed without her consent.

A memorial to Goo Hara at St.Mary’s Hospital in Seoul (Yonhap)

A memorial to Goo Hara at St.Mary’s Hospital in Seoul (Yonhap)

The tragic deaths of the two stars drew attention to wide-ranging issues, including mental health, the intense pressures K-pop stars face, and cyberbullying.

5. SuperM and EXO comebacks

In October, the latest supergroup was born from K-pop powerhouse SM Entertainment, partnering with Capitol Music Group for distribution. Dubbed the “Avengers of K-pop,” SuperM consists of the top talents from the agency’s major groups, including SHINee’s Taemin, EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark and WayV’s Ten and Lucas.

SuperM (SM Entertainment)

SuperM (SM Entertainment)

The mega project debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with its self-titled EP “SuperM,” led by title track “Jopping.” With the album launch, the group, on the back of strong fans, is eying to break into the US market, with its English songs and North America tour through February.

With no time to rest, EXO made a much-awaited return with its sixth full-length album “Obsession,” in November. The album bring six of the nine members, Kai, Chanyeol, Sehun, Baekhyun, Suho and Chen. D.O. and Xiumin are absent due to mandatory military service, while Lay is busy with solo activities in China.

Despite the absence, EXO put on electrifying performances for the album’s title track, introducing a new concept called X-EXO — the band’s evil clone. EXO has been releasing songs with two contradicting concepts, under the storyline of EXO members fighting against their darker, evil doppelgangers X-EXO.

6. Military service

Mandatory military service in Korea has always been a hotly debated issue. Especially for male K-pop stars, because enlistments mean about two years away from the entertainment industry.

Big Bang’s leader G-Dragon was discharged from military in October. (Yonhap)

Big Bang’s leader G-Dragon was discharged from military in October. (Yonhap)

While fans were hoping popular K-pop stars could possibly be exempt from service — as some top artists and sportsmen are — the government clarified in November that the exemption will not be granted, citing a shortage of conscripts every year.

This year, we saw EXO’s Xiumin and D.O taking leave for military service in May and July, respectively. In April, SHINee members Key and Minho were enlisted in March and April, following Onew last December. Following Yoon Doo-joon’s enlistment last August, all other Highlight members joined the service this year. 2PM’s Junho and Chansung also were enlisted in May and June, respectively.

After a long-wait, all Big Bang members were discharged from the military, starting with T.O.P in July, G-Dragon in October and Daesung and Taeyang in November. With all members discharged fans are anticipating a big comeback from the band, but nothing has been decided yet.

Wanyai wins MAMA music award in Japan

Published December 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Wanyai wins MAMA music award in Japan

Dec 06. 2019
By The Nation

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Olran “Wanyai” Chujai, a former member of the Room 39 band, and debuted as a solo artist under LOVEiS Entertainment, has won the Best New Asian Artist (Thailand) at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) at Nagoya Dome in Japan.

He enjoyed huge success with his song “Enough”, that has now hit almost 100 million views on YouTube.

He said the MAMA award meant a lot to him and thanked LOVEiS Entertainment and Holyfox Records for their support.

Nont Tanont won Best Asian Artist (Thailand) but could not be present to receive the award due to his tight schedule.

Feast of classical music at Neilson Hays Library

Published December 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Feast of classical music at Neilson Hays Library

Dec 05. 2019
By THE NATION

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Neilson Hays Library has organised a special concert on Sunday (December 15) by a string quartet from the College of Music at Mahidol University.

The concert will feature classical compositions and songs to usher in the festive season.

In the first part of the concert, the string quartet will play compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Karl Jenkins, Astor Piazzolla and other composers, while in the second part they will be playing traditional carols and popular Christmas songs.

Musicians

Patis Intaramaha (violin) is currently studying under the Western Music Performance programme at the College of Music, Mahidol University, under the tutelage of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster.

Omiros Yavroumis is a principal of second violin for Mahidol Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster for Salaya Chamber, and has participated in many quartet groups.

Warubon Chongtron (violin) is studying at the Music Programme at the College of Music,  Mahidol University.  She is a member of the Mahidol Pre-College Orchestra and the highly prestigious Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra.

Krittaboon Doktoey (viola) has been studying at the College of Music Mahidol University with Danny Keasler. He has participated in several chamber music concerts and has been a member of Salaya Chamber since 2016.

Chayuth Kaivikai (cello) has won the first prize in Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music chamber competition. He also has been performing with several chamber orchestras, including Salaya Chamber, Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra, and Mahidol Symphony Orchestra.

 

Playlist

Palladio – Karl Jenkins;

Divertimento No 1 in D major – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;

String Quartet No 1 in F major, Op18, 1st movement – Ludwig van Beethoven;

String Quartet No 2 in A minor, 1st movement – Felix Mendelssohn;

Adagio for String – Samuel Barber;

Marche Militaire – Franz Schubert;

Eine kleine Nacthmusik. 1st movement – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;

Oblivion – Astor Piazzolla.

Intermission

Jingle Bells – James Lord Pierpont;

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach;

Joy to the World – Traditional Carol;

The Coventry Carol – Traditional Carol;

12 Days of Christmas – John Dervor;

Deck the Halls – Thomas Oliphant;

O Christmas Tree – Traditional Carol;

The First Nowell – Traditional Carol;

O Come, All Ye Faithful – John Reading;

Christmas Carol Suite – Jeff Manookian;

Silent Night – Franz Gruber;

Let It Snow – Jule Styne.

Tickets can be purchased online at the library, or reserve seats by calling 02-233-1731, or emailing info@neilsonhayslibrary.org.

The organisers have urged people to use taxis or public transportation due to limited parking space.

“The Strings: Classical and Christmas”

When: Sunday, December 15 from 6pm to 8pm

Where: Neilson Hays Library

Ticket prices:  Bt450, Bt350 for library members, Bt100 for students

Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo relish Apple Music Awards

Published December 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo relish Apple Music Awards

Dec 03. 2019
By The Nation

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Billie Eilish has won the Apple Music Award for Artist of the Year while the Song of the Year trophy went to Lil Nas X for “Old Town Road”.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

The Apple Music Awards honour achievements across five distinct categories and winners are chosen through a process that reflects editorial perspective, combined with the interest of customers around the world.

“The winners for global artist of the year, songwriter of the year and breakthrough artist of the year were hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of experts and given to artists who have true passion for their craft, who boldly defy conventions in the category and who embody a sense of humanity, where listeners are drawn as much to who they are as to their music,” a press statement from the company said.

Eilish’s blunt relatability helped turn her full-length debut album “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” co-written and produced by her brother Finneas, into an instant worldwide sensation, and the most played album on Apple Music this year. She won the award for the most-streamed album of 2019, with more than a billion streams on Apple Music.

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” was the biggest single of 2019 and the most-streamed song on Apple Music this year.

“I went into the realm of a loner cowboy, needing to run away from everything,” Lil Nas X told Apple Music. “But I also wanted to put it with what was on the rise, which is the whole meme culture, plus actually making it a listenable, catchy song.”

Lizzo

Lizzo

The other winner is Lizzo, who bagged the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.

“This is what a breakthrough is all about, babies,” Lizzo told Apple Music.

There’s no point in being humble: it doesn’t get much bigger than “Cuz I Love You” and its chin-up single “Truth Hurts”, which dared to ask what pop stars should look and sound like – and whether they should play flute while twerking.

Apple designed the awards to celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship integral to creating music. Each award features Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodised aluminium body.

Super Junior thrills Thai fans with twin performances

Published November 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Super Junior thrills Thai fans with twin performances

Nov 30. 2019
 Super Junior comes on stage in style.

Super Junior comes on stage in style.
By Urisara Kowitdamrong
Special to TheNation

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Fans filled the huge IMPACT Arena Muang Thong Thani for the two performances by South Korea’s legendary boy band Super Junior on Saturday and Sunday, again proving the strong appeal of its Super Show.

Super Show, a concert brand associated with Super Junior, has been a sensation across the world for many years.

On hearing that there would be two performances of ‘SUPER JUNIOR WORLD TOUR – SUPER SHOW 8: INFINITE TIME’ in Bangkok, several fans did not hesitate to buy tickets for the two similar shows.

Super Junior, which made its debut here in 2005, can always count on its Thai fans. Known collectively as ‘ELF” (Ever Lasting Friends), Super Junior’s supporters turned up in full force for the ‘SUPER JUNIOR WORLD TOUR – SUPER SHOW 8 : INFINITE TIME’ in Bangkok’ last Saturday and Sunday, holding up the band’s official light sticks.

Super Show 8 marked the eighth time Super Junior staged its Super Show in Thailand. This time, the performances featured Leeteuk, Yesung, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun who joined up in May.

On Saturday, the band not only performed their super hits but also numbers from its latest album. Organized by SM True, this concert presented a stage in the form of “infinity shape” to resonate with the ‘Infinite Time’ theme.

The concert on Sunday kicked off at 4 pm with a video clip showing the Super Junior members in black suits. As excitement soared, the white-clad singers appeared on stage rendering ‘The Crown’ from their ninth and just-released album, Time Slip. Energy filled the air as the artists went ahead with ‘A Man in Love’ (remix) and ‘Bonamana (rearranged). This opening session then concluded with the South Korean version of ‘Blue World’.

Next, it was time for the singers to greet the audience. They tried hard to speak Thai, drawing laughters from the fans. Siwon could speak Thai quite fluently and drew huge screams with, “Roo Mai Puak Khun Na Narak. Ma Yoo Nai Krapao Suea Khong Phom Mai Rao Ja Dai Yoo Duay Kan” in Thai (You know you are cute. Would you like to jump into my pocket so that we can stay together?) But the loudest cheer rose for Eunhyuk, who said “I am happy because (there are) too many beautiful girls” and then pointed at an artificial tattoo featuring “Thai” under his left eye.

After the official greeting, giant screens inside the hall showed a clip of Super Junior members holding hand with a girl who seemed to represent “ELF”.

A big wow followed as spotlight shone on Super Junior artists lying on the stage. Cameras hanging from above showed their choreographic moves in an impressive performance of ‘Heads Up’. Fun then continued with ‘I Think I’, ‘Sexy, Free & Single’, “Mr. Simple’, and ‘Opera’.

The mood then swung to a “touching” part as Super Junior artists gave their definition of love via a clip. While all answers were warm, Yesung must have delighted ELF the most with his answer – “Love is beautiful and warm. I think love gives optimism. It makes the world more beautiful. And for now, my love is about the audience holding beautiful blue balloons (symbol of Super Junior before the introduction of the band’s light sticks) and ELF”.

The warm feelings then spread further as Super Junior singers came out crooning ‘Love Disease’. The band then sang ‘She’s gone’ and ‘My All is You’. Fans felt even warmer as the singers sat down on their chairs facing members of the audience in every direction for the rendition of ‘Believe’. Some also reached out to fans to check the messages on the banners they were waving. This session ended with ‘Somebody New’.

They then started chatting with the fans on the theme of love. Kyuhyun drew screams when he said his love was for Thailand. Leeteuk told fans that since they had been with the band for 14 years, it should be easy to stay for 14 more years. After the fan talks, they sang ‘No Other’ while walking around the hall via the infinity-shaped stage to be up close and personal with the audience.

Another clip then came on the screen, showing Super Junior members doing rap with each having their own tune. The funniest came from Eunhyuk, who teased other band members. For example, he said Shindong ate too much and Leetuek was already old.

After the clip, greater fun ensued as Super Junior members turned up in retro attire. They rendered “Rokuko’, before Leetuek and Siwon delivered ‘Hairspray’ together. Next was the KRY dance break, featuring Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung. Shindong, Eunhyuk and Donghae then served ‘What is your name’ before all singers joining up on ‘Devil’, ‘Shirt’ and ‘SUPER Clap’.

The concert peaked with another short clip and live performance of super hits ‘MAMACITA’, ‘Black Suit’, Sorry Sorry – Answer’, and ‘Sorry, Sorry’, coupled with stunning pyro techniques.

It seemed like a finale, but fans started screaming for more as the artists moved away from stage. They got their wish as the band returned for ‘Show’ and “Too Many Beautiful Girls’ amid loud applause.

Some fans even touched the artists and took selfie with them.

And before the curtains came down, the artists asked for an official photo with the audience and took turn speaking to their fans. Their words were all sweet, but Leetuek’s might be the most memorable to the Thai audience – “Without our Thai fans, we would have not been the Super Junior today. Please stay with us forever”.

Making music history — Gamelatron comes to Anantara resort

Published November 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Making music history — Gamelatron comes to Anantara resort

Nov 30. 2019
Aaron Taylor Kuffner

Aaron Taylor Kuffner
By THE NATION

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is playing host to Bangkok’s first and only Gamelatron, a sonic-kinetic gamelan installation by artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner.

Gamelan is a type of percussive ensemble originating from Indonesia, with equivalents found in terms of instrument and tonality throughout Southeast Asia. Following years of immersion in gamelan culture in Java and Bali, American conceptual artist and musician Kuffner has captured its magic in modern form.

His Gamelatron artworks take handcrafted bronze instruments and retrofit them with suspended robotic mallets. Each is connected to a network that transcribes digital notes into an array of electrical pulsations.

The result is a ghostly automation of a traditional gamelan performance, with original compositions by the artist played.

Greeting guests in the reception hall of Anantara Riverside, the exhibition of Gamelatron will be located at the lobby for long periods of time.

The one-of-a-kind Gamelatron Pohon Electrum 2015 is a vision of powder-coated steel, silicon and bronze. As with all of the artist’s works, the piece is customised to the space to maximise acoustics and visual impact. The artist’s aim is to create a sanctuary for the mind, while furthering the evolution of consciousness through the experience of beauty and the sublime.

Kuffner has created over 60 Gamelatrons over the last decade. They have been displayed at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and collectives, from the Smithsonian to the Venice Biennale to Burning Man.

A world of music at our doorstep

Published November 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A world of music at our doorstep

Nov 06. 2019

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra is returning for its fifteenth season to Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University this month.

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra is returning for its fifteenth season to Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University this month.
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
Special to The Nation
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The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 2020 season this weekend with a new work by Narong Prangcharoen

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, which has been a significant force in Bangkok’s musical and cultural scenes since its initiation in 2005, scored a first recently when the presale tickets for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert” sold out within 5 minutes and the rest of the seats were snapped up in just half an hour.

“It is a surprising phenomenon and I’m not sure any orchestra has sold so many tickets for a performance in such a short time,” said Dr Narong Prangcharoen, dean of the College of Music, Mahidol University, during Monday’s press conference to launch the TPO’s 15th season at Arnoma Grand Bangkok Hotel.

“It is one of programmes we have chosen to ensure our orchestra serves people from all walks of life.”

Dr Narong Prangcharoen, right, poses with Khunying Patama Leesawatrakul, centre, chair of the board of Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and Prof Banjong Mahaisawariya, acting president of Mahidol University.

And indeed in this new season, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra – one of three professional orchestras in Southeast Asia, the other two being the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra – is continuing to push orchestral music forward and explore new possibilities, new music, new combinations and new horizons.

“New horizons, in particular, is our theme for this 15th season as we work to build a bigger and better fan base around our classical music,” he adds.

True to the theme, the new season kicks off this weekend (November 8-9) with “New Horizons” composed by Narong Prangcharoen which premiered at the Beijing Modern Music Festival earlier this year.

Also on the programme is Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No 6” featuring an ingenious use of percussion instruments evoking the composer’s idyllic love for nature. Maestro Alfonso Scarano conducts.

 Singapore’s Kahchun Wong, the first Asian to win the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2016, will conduct the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s “Symphony No 5”.

The following weekend (November 15-16), the TPO will perform a selection of arias and overtures from Richard Wagner’s operatic works with soloist tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi adding his powerful voice to “Lohengrin” and “Die Meistersinger.” “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert”, which will be on November 23-24, is the closing programme for this month.

All concerts will be held at Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University.

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Richard Wagner’s operatic works with tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi as soloist.

 

Presale tickets for the “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert” sold out within 5 minutes and within 30 minutes every ticket had gone.

As ever, this new season will feature several guest orchestras, among them the Royal Concertgebouw Brass, which was voted as No 1 orchestra in the world by Gramaphone and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

The 2020 concerts open on Children’s Day (January 10-11) with the musical tale of “Sudsakorn”, adapted from a Thai literary work and composed by Thanapol Setabrahmana, together with puppet troupe Semathai Marionette.

“Today’s new generation doesn’t know Thai literature or the works of the royal poet Sunthorn Phu. This will introduce them to the story and at the same time let them listen to music. Most importantly, they will be able to try out musical instruments in a kind of an instrument petting zoo,” says Narong.

 

“Sudsakorn” is a musical tale adapted from Thai literature that will be performed together with puppet troupe Semathai Marionette.

February, meanwhile, will see the return of the Thailand International Jazz Conference, one of the hottest tickets of the year. Now in its 12th edition, it will see the TPO pairing with jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkea and Jorge Pardo, a legendary Flamenco jazz saxophonist. On May 30-31, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform “Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert” which is expected to sell out fast like “Harry Potter.”

“We have invited Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong, the first Asian to win the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, to conduct the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s ‘Symphony No 5’. He is currently the chief director for Germany’s Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. Others guests include violinist Philippe Quint, who has been nominated for many Grammy Awards,” says Narong.

Maestro Scarano will lead the TPO in eight fascinating programmes including the immense Celebration of Beethoven, a two-day spectacle commemorating Beethoven’s 250th birthday that will see the performance of all nine symphonies, a feat rarely accomplished by any orchestra.

The TPO welcomes back maestro Jeffery Meyer, winner of the 2019 American Prize in Orchestral Programming, to lead an innovative and evocative evening of Stravinsky, complete with dazzling visual animations projected onto custom-made installations designed by the faculty of the Mahidol University International College.

Brazilian maestro Evandro Matte will lead the annual evening of music from Latin America, Spaniard Jose-Luis Novo will conduct a programme of music from Spain, Claude Villaret will lead a concert of national treasures, and Johannes Klumpp will present a sparkling concert of music by Ravel.

One of the College of Music’s most important responsibilities is to connect with the audience and the community. It is offering a unique new opportunity of a side-by-side concert to give amateur musicians the thrill of performing on stage at Prince Mahidol Hall with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra’s musicians led by conductor Gudni Emilsson. The applicants must attend an audition.

“For this year, we have ‘Saturday Subscription Packages’ with up to 60-per-cent savings over single-ticket purchases. We would like Thais to have more chances to listen to good pieces of music. The main purpose of the College of Music is bringing music to society,” Narong says. “We want to help Thailand’s GDP increase by encouraging young people to have a real experience of being a professional pianist, vocalist or conductor of Thailand. Music is much more than entertainment.”

For more details and updated information visit http://www.thailandphil.com and http://www.facebook.com/ThailandPhil.  Tickets for the concerts can be booked at http://www.thaiticketmajor.com, the TTM Call Centre at (02) 262 3456, and the PMH/MACM Box Office at (02) 849 6565-6 extensions 6603, 6604, and 6609.

The ‘Boys’ are back in town

Published October 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The ‘Boys’ are back in town

Oct 24. 2019
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American music greats Backstreets Boys have landed in Bangkok and will be delighting their legions of fans tonight (October 24) at Impact Exhibition Halls 5-6, Muang Thong Thani.

 

The “DNA World Tour”, which kicked off in May in Portugal, is Backstreet Boys’ biggest arena tour in 18 years and has seen them perform all over Europe, North America and Asia.

The BSB DNA World Tour follows the release of their latest album “DNA” –  the group’s 10th studio album which features songs written by Lauv (Charli XCX), Andy Grammer, Stuart Crichton (DNCE) and Mike Sabbath (J Balvin). “DNA” was released in January on RCA Records and debuted at No.1 on Billboard album chart.

“When this group started 26 years ago – and through all the highs and lows of our career – we’ve had to learn it wasn’t about us as individuals but about what’s best for the group,” says band member Howie Dorough.

“That’s what I love about this album,” adds Kevin Richardson. “We were able to bring all of our influences and styles into one coherent piece of work. These songs are a great representation of who we are as individuals and who we are as a group. It’s our DNA. We’re really proud of that.” “The journey is ongoing with us and there is so much left to do,” says Brian Littrell. “We’re living the next chapter that hasn’t been told yet, and that’s exciting.”

Fans can expect to hear many hit

s at tonight’s show including “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”, “I Want It That Way”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, “Incomplete”, “Shape Of My Heart”, “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”,

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