Sunday, June 26, 2022

THAILAND Chui Chai – Thiap Konglaithong (Pi nai woodwind) & Usa Sukantamalai (vocalist) – Department of Fine Arts Bangkok – 0008, 1958 (7 in 45 RPM)

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Chui Chai – Thiap Konglaithong (Pi nai oboe) & Usa Sukantamalai (vocalist) – Department of Fine Arts Bangkok – 0008, 1958 (7 in 45 RPM)

MusicRepublic – Thailand – Chui Chai – Thiap Konglaithong (Pi nai woodwind) & Usa Sukantamalai (vocalist) – Department of Fine Arts Bangkok – 0008, 1958 (7 in 45 RPM)
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#Thailand #Thaïlande #Thai #Chui Chai # Thiap Konglaithong # Pi nai # Usa Sukantamalai #vocal #traditional music #world music #MusicRepublic #vinyl #45 RPM #Department of Fine Arts

Our friend João recently returned from Thailand with a number of fascinating vintage Thai music recordings, including this album of music for Chui Chai, which in Thai literally means to walk in an elegant or orderly fashion, and is the name of a traditional form of Siamese dance and drama. This quirky record brimming with vitality features intense solos by Tiab Konglaithong (b.1902), a great master of the Pi Nai six-hole quadruple-reed oboe that requires the use of circular breathing to ensure a regular, uninterrupted lyrical flow, and the eminent classical female vocalist Usa Sukantamalai’s angular vocal modulations (b.1923), accompanied by ranat ek xylophones and percussion.


J. kindly contacted me to share additional expert information about this recording: "This particular song accompanies Chui Chai Benjakia. The dance is one of a number of Chui Chais in Thai dance and musical drama. Chui Chai Benjakia is known as 'the dance of transformation' in Khon. In this dance Benjakia disguises herself as Sida. The melody is particularly demanding for vocalists and pi players."

Notre ami João a récemment revenu de Bangkok avec des disques vintage fascinants de musique thaïlandaise, dont cet album de Chui Chai – signifiant littéralement marcher de manière élégante ou ordonnée en thaï, ou de la danse et du théâtre siamois traditionnels. Cette musique sinueuse débordant de vitalité comprend des solos intenses de Tiab Konglaithong (né en 1902) – un grand maître du hautbois à quatre anches à six trous Pi Nai nécessitant l'utilisation de techniques de respiration circulaire afin d’obtenir un flux lyrique régulier et ininterrompu – et les modulations exaltées de l'éminente chanteuse classique Usa Sukantamalai (née en 1923), accompagnée de xylophones ranat ek et de percussions.


Tiab Konglaithong

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Usa Sukantamalai
 #Thailand #Thaïlande #Thai #Chui Chai # Thiap Konglaithong # Pi nai # Usa Sukantamalai #vocal #traditional music #world music #MusicRepublic #vinyl #45 RPM #Department of Fine Arts


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Many thanks to Ween in Bangkok for providing background on Chui Chai!


Photograph above is a Siamese sculpture of the Buddha, c. 14th-15th century from https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections:


Photograph below is a vintage postcard of Bhuddist Monk Somdej Toh (1788-1872) mentoring King Chulalongkorn Rama V (1853-1910):


MusicRepublic – Thailand – Chui Chai – Thiap Konglaithong (Pi nai woodwind) & Usa Sukantamalai (vocalist) – Department of Fine Arts Bangkok – 0008, 1958 (7 in 45 RPM)

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