Recordings from Northern Thailand and Northern Guatemala.
pin pia pieces performed by Cun Smithitham in July 2005: this
instrument has three strings and the vibrato is made by cupping a half
coconut shell on your naked breast.
Salah Saw Seung
band music from the hills near Lampang, played by workers and friends
at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. This is known as a Salah San Seung ensemble, featuring the saw fiddle, seung lute, san flute, and frame drums.
Two virtuosic pieces recorded July, 2005.
shorter pieces recorded January 2000. You will hear these recordings
playing constantly on the PA system at the Thai Elephant Conservation
Elephants in the "field"
a recording of the Thai Elephant Orchestra taking a morning bath in the creek at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (about 90 sec)
a ridiculously long recording of the above
all recorded by Rory Young & Dave Soldier, San Mateo Ixtatàn Feburary 2007
a fiddle tune played at wakes, played by Don Matteo Tomax
performed in a parade in the churchyard in San Mateo Ixtatan by the
Romeristas, a Mayan group living in Chiapas, Mexico related to the
Chuj-speaking Mayans in San Mateo who perform an annual pilgramage
there to pray for rain. Some of the drums have rattles attached.
Marimba orchestra dances
played by Son Yinhatil Nab’en (Francisco Armando Gómez y Gómez, Juan
Carmelo Pérez, Luís Pérez Paiz, Diego Vicente Mendoza García, Felipe
Ramos Hernández, Ronaldo Santizo Gómez, Gaspar Hernández Pérez, Ronaldo
Andres Gomez), Feburary, 2007, San Mateo Ixtatan. Typically 4 players
are on 1 marimba, three on a second, and there is a trap drum kit and
Sal Negra composed by Xuan Xap, their teacher
Tzinnib’ej k’ix hin/Quisiera ser espinita
Mi Q 'anjob 'alita
Chonhab’ Wajxklajunh/Pueblo San Mateo Ixtatàn, a song in Chuj sung and played on guitar by Don Matin Tomax
Mi Lindo Chakaj, sung and played on guitar by Jose (Moisés) Lorenzo Luciano, composed by Xuan Xap
Moisés Lorenzo Luciano
Son Yinhatil Nab’en
Son Yinhatil Nab’en rehearsal with Xuan Xap (white hat)
Don Matin Tomax