Connecting Our Voices (Summary)
7 September 2016
The old Javanese phrase “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” translates to “Unity in Diversity”, a concept which resonates deeply with the theme of the 2016 International Symposium at PGVIM which aimed at exploring the unifying power of music within the the rich and varied cultural landscapes of the Asean.
The first performance evening that year was centered around the 1st movement of Mozart’s K452 Quintet, a piece seen by some as symbolising the birth of musical democracy. Throughout the piece, the wind players are gradually allowed to join in with the musical conversation on an equal level with the piano.
Using this piece as a metaphorical starting point for an engaging exploration of music as a universal language, the evening juxtaposed a variety of musical traditions, establishing musical dialogues between the hammered strings of the Thai Kim ( dulcimer) and the plucked strings of the harpsichord, between the Classical Guitar and the Malay Gambus ( lute), between the stylings of the Burmese Piano and the percussive Gamelan tones of the prepared Piano among many others. The program featured well established musicians as well as 10 young traditional musicians from the countries of Southeast Asia, the AYE (Asian Youth Ensemble) performing some pieces prepared during the Symposium’s workshops. Short poetic responses to the theme were also contributed by children from the local community of Bang Yi Khan.The performances were punctuated with archival recordings and footage as well as Southeast asian Soundscapes . Through this eclectic and colourful mix of musical styles, we took our audience on a journey, sailing to the rhythm of the tides that bring about cultural changes in our ocean of sound.
Dr. Chanyapong Thongsawang, Harpsichord
Dr. Kimho Ip, Yanquin
Panicha Ponprasit, Kim
Chamroeun Phan, Khmer Fiddle
Bernard Lanskey, Piano
Natthapat Kirawiroj, French Horn
Anant Narkkong, Klui
Tontrakul Kaewyong, Khaen
Dieter Mack, Prepared piano
Nemyo Aung, Piano and Voice
Sotida Chairidchai, Voice
Leysam Ali, Gambus
Peerawit Aunruan, Classical Guitar
Palut Pawaratison, Sound recording
ธัชวงศ์ ศิริสวัสดิ์, Camera
Jean-David Caillouet, Video editing and audio mastering
Recorded live during PGVIM’s 4th international Symposium