Listen to Thai Classical Music

At school today we celebrated our Golden Jubilee. As usual I got a bit click happy and took about 700 pictures which you can view in our online photo album. There are quite a few pictures I want to share with you over the coming days which nicely illustrate Thai culture. However, today I want to show you a couple of pictures of the school orchestra. The picture above is of a ja-kay and the one below is a kim. You can listen to these and other classical musical instruments in our sister web site at:

5 responses to “Listen to Thai Classical Music

  1. Out of a few classical instruments I play, I like Khim the best. It takes effort to NOT sound good playing a Khim, but a lot more practice to sound really really good! It sounds so pretty, and the sound carries a long way as I found out.

    Back in the days, I’d play mine before dinner after I finished with homework. One night my mom called down from the second floor that I had an audience. There was a farang in his running gear out in the far corner of our backyard which could be accessed through the parking lot for my dad’s company. I guessed he followed the sound to our house.

  2. I like listening to these instruments.

  3. Wonderful music -took me back to a Sunday “walking street” market in Chiang Mai, near the Victory Monument, where there was a mother and her several children playing to raise money for the school fees.

  4. Richard Smith

    How beautiful these sound. Are they played daily in school?

  5. Hi Richard & Oakmonster,

    Richard: Could you write about ‘Ra-nad’ and ‘Klooy’ (Thai bamboo flute), please? – Not the north-eastern ‘Kaan’ na.

    Nong Oakmonster is right that many Farang followed the sound of traditional-classical Thai instruments. I like the sound of ‘bamboo flute’ (Klooy in Thai). Arjarn Bruce Gaston (an American), was interviewed about 15 years ago. He said that the first time he listened to the sound of ‘Ra-nad’, which was played by a traditional Thai band at a Wat (temple) near by, he loved it. He decided to learn traditional Thai instuments since then and has his owned Thai band – ‘Fong Nam’. I like his performances.