The Nang Hong Suite - Siamese Funeral Music

Although Thai classical music can be traced back to the Sukhothai period (1250-1350) and the longer ensuing Ayuthaya period (1350-1767) the golden age of surviving pieces is the last 200 years. The Thai people migrated from southern China in the thirteenth century, but absorbed many Indian influences from the Khmers, whom they conquered by the fifteenth century. They also embraced Buddhism, which today remains the religion of the vast majority of Thais. Thai music is a unique blend of Chinese, Indian, Burmese, Cambodian, Javanese and other influences. The prevalence of percussion-based orchestras, heterophonic layering of parts, equidistant and pentatonic tuning systems shows many affinities with the Gamelan music of Java and Bali, as with the music of Burma and Cambodia.


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November 2021

We are saddened to learn that Bruce Gaston American musician and co-founded Fong Nam had died in Bangkok aged 74. Bruce formed Fong Naam, meaning bubbles, in 1979 with Thai xylophonist Boonyong Ketkong and Jirapan Ansvananda. Blending traditional Thai with western music opened up new horizons gaining a new younger audience with enthusiasts worldwide. Gaston's was the first non-Thai artist to receive the prestigious Silpathorn award. Gaston was survived by his wife, Sarapee, and son Theodore, who is the guitarist of the rock band Flure. Nimbus World Music was fortunate to record three albums with one critic stating "Fong Naam is remarkable in every way. It boasts the very finest Thai musicians, it is the custodian of some of the rarest old pieces, and it is at the forefront of modern composition, both in traditional and experimental styles". The musical world will miss you Bruce. To experience the music of Bruce Gaston and Fong Naam please visit our Spotify Playlist.

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