Thai “National Artist in the Field of Performing Arts” Khamphai Nupong died on Tuesday morning of old age in Nan province at the age of 90.  Link with video below.

He was a musician who performed northern Thai folk music and had expertise in playing the fiddle. He was named an Honourable Person with Outstanding Works in Art and Culture in 1990 and a National Artist in the Field of Performing Arts (folk songs and fiddle) in 1995.

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Folk Music from Greece

A wonderful NY Times Magazine article about folk music in Greece, with photos and audio . . . .

Every year . . . the people of Epirus hold panegyria, multiday, music-intensive events in which they mourn their losses and celebrate what remains. Panegyria are religious festivals, in that they are tied to the patron saint of a village church and are held on a day dedicated to honoring the life of that saint, as determined by the Greek Orthodox calendar.

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Here’s a report on an extraordinarily valuable program that supporters of traditional music–or any music–might want to be aware of. Three cheers for the City of San Fernando, with a shout out for the CAC!

The City of San Fernando invests directly in an award-winning Mariachi Master Apprentice Program. Launched in 2001 as an experiment, the program has garnered international recognition. . . . Over the past decade 100 percent of the students enrolled in the program have graduated. Typically comparable rates are less than 60 percent.

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Bali CD

Consider checking out the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music.  They’ve just come out with two new CDs on music from Bali and Vietnam.

With recordings from more than 70 nations, the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music offers a staggering diversity of our shared humanity. Much of the collection was gathered in situ and is presented as field recordings. Extensive annotations and photographs accompany each release.

Check out the collection here.