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“Exhibition Offers Sounds, Sights From the Golden Triangle” (Irrawaddy Magazine, December 18, 2015)

ASEAM’s own Sam Cartmell recently visited an exhibition called “Cultural Crossroads of the Golden Triangle” put together by Tribal Music Asia founder Victoria Vorreiter. Please read the article from The Irrawaddy Magazine below:

“Exhibition Offers Sounds, Sights From the Golden Triangle”

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — It’s the culmination of Victoria Vorreiter’s 10 years documenting ethnic minority music and culture in the region where Burma, Thailand, China and Laos meet—a new exhibition titled “Cultural Crossroads of the Golden Triangle,” now showing at Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand.

Vorreiter, a classically trained violinist, was originally drawn to the unique music emanating from the highlands of Southeast Asia. She was fascinated with how traditional music of the region encapsulated all aspects of the people’s lived experiences and served as a vessel to transfer oral history from one generation to another. “I was interested in documenting the traditional music, which goes beyond the music that we know in the West, because being peoples who have an oral heritage, [their music] connects the very first ancestors to the present generation,” she tells The Irrawaddy.

“In this exhibit I’ve extended the musical traditions into the way that people dress and their spiritual beliefs,” says Vorreiter, adding: “The title ‘Cultural Crossroads of the Golden Triangle’ represents the mixture of all these different aspects.” In addition to photographs, the exhibition features displays of textiles, musical instruments and other cultural objects.

Ethnographic video filmed by Vorreiter will also be screened over the duration of the exhibition. Recognizing that moving images and sound together are a powerful tool for sharing culture, Vorreiter says the videos “give you a sense of the people as they live, and as they celebrate, and as they communicate with one another through music and through ritual.”

“Cultural Crossroads of the Golden Triangle” will be on display at Chiang Mai University’s Uniserv Center through Dec. 21 during the “Communication/Culture and Sustainable Development Goals” conference hosted by the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development. More of Vorreiter’s photographs and ethnographic recordings can be found at her website, Tribal Music Asia.

*This article was originally published by the Irrawaddy Magazine on 18 December, 2015, view the article here.

 

‘It Took Everyone in the Region by Surprise, Yet the Moken Survived’ – Olivia Wyatt interview in The Irrawaddy Magazine

ASEAM’s own Sam Cartmell recently interviewed filmmaker Olivia Wyatt about her experimental film on Moken culture and music.

Read the interview here: ‘It Took Everyone in the Region by Surprise, Yet the Moken Survived’

Watch the trailer for Sailing A Sinking Sea

Audio from the film:

Coral Crackling

Lemongrass

No Lover To Talk To Anymore

Ung-ang Symphony

UNESCO Collection Week 29: Transcending Borders – The Music of Thailand and Laos

ASEAM co-founder Sam Cartmell wrote a guest blog post for the Smithsonian Folkways UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music to mark the republishing of two Southeast Asian recordings – Thailand: The Music of Chieng Mai and Laos: Traditional Music of the South.

Read the blog post here

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UNESCO Cambodia: Folk and Ceremonial Music (UNES08068) & Royal Music (UNES08011)

Smithsonian Folkways is currently re-releasing the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music catalog as custom CD or download. The latest re-releases from Southeast Asia are two excellent albums of Cambodian music.

 

Cambodia: Folk and Ceremonial Music

Traditional Cambodian ceremonial orchestras may be divided into two groups: those composed of string and wind instruments and those that are primarily percussion ensembles using keyed metallophones, gongs, and xylophones (pinpeat orchestras). This album, recorded between 1966 and 1968, features both. Historically, the pinpeat orchestras, often with several hundred musicians, performed ceremonial music for the Brahmins (the highest ranking caste) or the king. This recording captures the essence of the distinctive musical forms that have survived since the 11th century.
In addition, Master Srey-Yim performs solos on the tro khmer, a three-string bowed instrument, and the sadev, a gourd monochord, in a folk music orchestra. Also heard is the chapey, a two-string lute that is ideal for accompanying vocal improvisations because of its technical possibilities and the effects of attacking the strings in different ways. The album includes music for weddings, boxing matches, and shadow theater.

 

Cambodia: Royal Music

The roots of Cambodian music trace back to the ninth century and the establishment of the Khmer Empire. Cambodian music was based on systems that originated in the local culture, using instruments indigenous to the Indo-Chinese peninsula like bronze gongs and bamboo xylophones. Contemporary Cambodian orchestras are modest compared to the Khmer Empire era grand ensembles, which sometimes featured hundreds of musicians, but they remain reflective of the musical art form.

This 1971 recording features sacred royal Khmer music performed by ensembles of the Royal Palace orchestra and choir. The liner notes describe the origins of Cambodian (Khmer) music and the important role played by the Royal Palace in its preservation and performance. The liner notes also provide a brief description of each of the compositions.

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Hill Tribe Music

Re-upped the damaged mp3s from the August 2012 post . . . if you like what you hear please purchase an original CD.

Missing You (Karen – harp)

Before Harvesting (Karen – hom)

Big Feast (Hmong – big gourd-pipe)

Courting (Hmong – jew’s harp)

Good Bye (Hmong – girl singer)

Nice To Meet You (Lahu – gourds-pipe)

Courting (Lahu – jew’s harp)

Courting (Lahu – pipe)

Respect To Elder (Mien – oboe & cymbal)

Marriage (Mien – oboe)

Rock Dance (Mien – oboe & drum & cymbal)

Chikuca (Akha – small gourd-pipe)

Swinging (Akha – group singer)

Rawnum Rosae sae (Akha – group & flute)

New Year (Lisu – big gourd-pipe)

New Year (Lisu – girl & gourd-pipe)

New Year (Lisu – quill sting instrument)

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Indonesia: Music from West Java (UNES08041)

Smithsonian Folkways is currently re-releasing the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music catalog as custom CD or download.

The most recent re-release Indonesia: Music from West Java features the enchanting “Wayang Golek: Scene from the Ramayana”

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Li, Xiu Xiang “The spirit of valley” CD

“The old songs . . . The legend of white bat”

The back cover reads:

This album is a tribute to

He, Cheng dian

He, Xi dian

He, Xue kong

Zhang, Mo jun

He, Yu tang

He, Kai xiang

He, Ji guei

He, Shi cheng

He, Ding ba

…………….

They have been influence and give lots of advices to Li, Xiu xiang. They are spirit of Naxi ethnic group, May they rest in peace.

Thanks to Yunnan Yulong County Government and Press Bureau…

Published by The images and music of ethnic group culture company

 

A big thank you to NiNa for providing the CD and the translation!