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FOCUS
LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Thursday, August 13. 1998
Stringing It Together
by Kichana Lersakvanitchakul

Classical guitar fans have long been starved of live performances in Thailand,
but Kamol Achariyasart of the Bangkok Guitar Society is bent on rectifying the situation.

For more years thanmost care to remamber, Thailand's classical guitar fans (and,yes,they do exist) have been deprived of live performances of their preferred musical genre.
Think about it; how often have you seen an ad for a guitar recital?
The Kingdom's classical concerts inevitably feature either traditional Thai instruments or those of Western origin, like the piano, the violin and the flute.
Yet, the guitar is the most accessible-not to mention the cheapest-instrument on the market. Thousands are purchased every year by young enthusiasts.So why do we have such an abysmal shortage of classical players? Kamol Achariyasart,President of Bangkok Guitar Society(BGS)
puts it down to a lack of interest.
:Mastering classical Guitar is very,very different from playing simple pop chords,rock riffs or even the more difficult progressions in contemporary or fusion jazz.There's less interest in the(Classical)genre because it requires a higher level of discipline.You can sit a five-year-old down at a piano and teach him basic tunes.But a child doesn't have the power in his fingers to be able to manipulate the frets or press firmly on the strings."
A fair comment,but surely as children grow into teens,their hands become stronger and their reach, or finger span, widens. Are today's teens so brainwashed by commercial mainstream sounds that melodic classical chords are as alien to them as, well, little green men from outer space?
Kamol shakes his head in amusement."Of couse teens like to listen to pop.
But how can we expect them to learn to enjoy other types of music when these are so inaccesible? Serious guitar players - and I would count some rock stars among their number - are interested in listening to new and challenging music like that on (album) Guitar Laai Thai or releases by such great Western classical guitarists as John Williams and Julian Bream.
But our radio stations spin canned pop.

: I'm not saying we should ban pop and force teens to listen to classics. That is not the best way of encouraging musical appreciation. What we need is more choice. Perhaps there are several youngsters out there who would like to listen to classical music. The problem is that they don't know where to find it. The few radio waves, Chulalongkorn FM 101.5 and Mcot's 107 FM, for example, offer classical music programmes but these air at night when the kids are already in bed. So, it's been up the music schools to bridge the gap, says Kamol.

And the music schools have achieved a measure of success in popularising classical guitar.

Kamol nods his agreement. " A few year ago, only a few people knew anything about classical guitar. Today, youngsters are showing an active interest in studying it. Several universities have extended their curricula to include classical guitar courses. Students can earn a bachelor's degree in the discipline. At that level, classical guitar is accepted. How and to what extent it evolves after university depends on the people. Thai society must support and encourage graduates to become professional guitarists.
It has to be recorgnised as a career, not just a hobby. That's the biggest challenge we face. I Know some graduates who have opened music shops because they cannot fine jobs as professional entertainers. It's not the educational system that's at fault, but society."

Kamol, 43, set up the BGS club in 1993. His aims were to provide a forum for Thai classical guitar players to meet, exchange ideas and play; to establish a base and resource centre for fans of the genre; and offer guitar courses. The club also organises live shows allowing the guitarists to showcase thier talents.

The live shows drew enough public interest to convince
Kamol that he could safely proceed with his next project - that of holding a national competition.

And thus earlier this year, the Bangkok Guitar Society joined up with D&M Music Studio to launch Thailand's first classical guitar completiton.

"Our competition will command a much higher standard and the rules will be stricter than past evevts," says Kamol. " But the level will srtill not be as high as international competitions organised in the west. In the final round of Western competitions, the finalists have to mplay guitar with orchestra.
" The winner is formally ereconised as a professional classical guitarist. That is why our rules state that the winner, as well as the second and the third runners-up, have to prove thier ability before they receive the cash prizes(of Bt 15,000, Bt 10,000 and Bt8,000 respectively) and a trophy. We have also placed a restriction on age; entrants must be between 15 and 30. Participants will be judged on technique, emotion and comprehension of the number that they are assigned to play."

So what will be the next step to promote the genre once the winners are announced: a concert, an album?

"The club will organise a small in-house concert which will provide a stage for the winners to hone thier skills. A musician's duty, first and foremost, is to satisfy his audience.

" Experience from previous competitions has taught us that the winner usually regards the fact that he has been recognised for his work as an end in itself. But that's totally wrong. It's just the beginning. Our classical guitar competition aims to produce professional performers.

"Releasing an album would be great but unfortunately we simply don't have the funds to cover studio costs. However, we would be willing to support the winner if a record company expressed interest. But our main aims is to encourage both the classical guitarists to press ahead with his career and young people to take the entrance examination and study classical guitar at university. We are like a compass, we point to all the directions,"says Kamol with a smile.

Last year, the Bangkok Guitar Society released its debut, Guitarr Laai Thai(Guitar by Thai Design). and promoted the recording at a concert hosted by the Goethe Institut.

W\Says Kamol, "We originally intended to produce 2,000(cassette) album for club members, but thanks to the publicity generated by the concert, the distributor(Nong Shop, Tha Prachan) sold all the copies. We were later asked to cover the expenses of re-releasing the album.

"The concept of Guitar Laai Thai was to encourage the public to listen to Thai derm(Traditional) music played on a classical guitar. What I would like to see is more support from the West, at least in musical terms.

"There are several foreign musicians who are interested in Thai derm songs. I remember a farang friend of mine asking me the name of a song while we were listening toa traditional Thai band over dinner at a hotel. I must have heard that song hundreds of time, but I just couldn't remember the title. That taught me a lesson. Since then, I've made it a point to study Thai derm tunes and scored the notes.

"The album featured Thai derm songs inspired by Khmer tunes like "Khamen Sai Yoke" arranged for classical guitar. We are in the process of recording a second albume-It's due out in Octiber- and this will have a more Thai Slant."

And what's Kamol favorite classical collection. He grins, The first LP I bought-My Favorite Spanish Encore by Andres Segovia>"

"It's not the educational system
that's at fault, but society,"

-Kamol Achariyasart

"Perhaps there are several youngsters out there
who would like to listen to classical music.
The problem is that they don't know where to find it."

-Kamol Achariyasart




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