As all of us has witnessed the talented H M King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Jazz Music. Valuable royal musical compositions were produced and have been admired by all the Thais everlastingly. The Tribute to King of Jazz Concert is another occasion that these royal masterpieces were reproduced and gave jazz lovers in Thailand a chance to enjoy.
The concert took place on December 2nd, 2015 at Aksra Theatre, King Power Complex in Ratchathewi. Organised by Hitman Co., Ltd., the Tribute to King of Jazz Concert was led by one of the world’s leading classical and jazz artist, John di Martino, who had produced two CD albums of royal composition of the King under the same name. Besides, he had also impressed Thai audience with his previous concert, JAZZ in The Theatre, in 2013.
Brightening up the concert, this musical performance was accompanied by famous musicians such as the European jazz diva Malene Mortensen, Thai musical guru Tanis Sriglindee, Koh Mr Saxman and the violinist Sirin Opasanon. The royal compositions of HM King Bhumibol in this concert included Klai Roong (Near Dawn), Chata Cheewit, Saeng Tien (Candlelight Blues), Yarm Yen (Love at Sundown) and Sai Fon (Falling Rain). Guaranteed by the number of the audience on that night, the Tribute to King of Jazz Concert received a warm and rejoicing feedback remarking as a celebration for the upcoming the 88th birthday anniversary of the King on December 5th, 2015.
In terms of the King talent as a musician and composer, it is believed that the gift and passion have been succeeded from his father, H.R.H. Prince Mahidol of Songkla. His musical education began since his early childhood when he was stating in Lausanne, Switzerland. Due to the passion and the devotion for all the practices, undoubtedly, he has mastered in soprano saxophone and jazz composition.
According to the Government Public Relations Department’s website, His Majesty has produced 48 songs in total. Candlelight Blues is the very first song he composed. However, due to the sense that this song is required to be polished again, the first royal composition released to the public is Love at Sundown, the second masterpiece composed in the same month. It is the fact that the royal compositions of His Majesty granted the kind permission are always be played in various occasions as if his delightful and precious gifts for Thai people.
Most of the royal compositions are jazz and blues while the lyrics of the songs usually composed by Thai musical gurus’ contribution. The songs usually imply the deep meanings of life. Chata Cheewit for example, the song compares the scene a bird flying lonely in the sky to a life of human beings who is suffering from the loneliness and lack of companion. The style of blues in the song helps create the sorrowful mood yet beautiful and impressive.
For those who start to miss this all-time-favourite songs, check out this link to listen to the collection of the royal compositions: http://kanchanapisek.or.th/royal-music/index.en.html