Featuring Supeena Insee Adler, Christopher Adler, and Batya MacAdam-Somer
Experience the musical traditions of Thailand in this concert featuring UCLA Thai Music Ensemble Director Supeena Insee Adler. With instruments including xylophone, plucked zither, fiddles, mouth organ, flute, and percussion, Dr. Adler will present musical traditions from three distinct cultural regions in Thailand, along with world fusion arrangements and original compositions. Supeena will be joined by Christopher Adler on the khaen free-reed mouth organ, Batya MacAdam-Somer on violin, a Thai classical dancer, and other guest artists.
Supeena Insee Adler is a trained ethnomusicologist and an accomplished Thai musician. Raised in Northeast Thailand, near the Laotian border, she is fluent in Lao as well as Thai. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Ethnomusicology, Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA, where she also serves as world music instrument curator and director of the Music of Thailand Ensemble. She has curated Thai music and dance events in Southern California, with artists from across the U.S. and Thailand, and performed in venues across the U.S. Having repaired and restored the Thai musical instrument collection at UCLA in 2014–2015, she subsequently re-established the Music of Thailand Ensemble class there after a four-decade hiatus. For nearly two decades, she has volunteered to teach Thai traditional music at the Thai Buddhist Temple of San Diego, where she also performs regularly. She holds a Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology), an M.A. in Southeast Asian studies from UC Riverside, and a B.F.A. in Thai classical music from Mahasarakham University, Thailand.
Composer and improviser Christopher Adler will join Supeena Insee Adler. Dr. Adler is a professor of Music and director of Asian Studies at the University of San Diego. He is the world’s leading innovator in contemporary concert music for the khaen, the bamboo free-reed mouth organ of Laos and Northeast Thailand. With his ongoing project New Musical Geographies, he has promoted the instrument by commissioning and recording new works by composers from around the world. In 2020, he released Triangulations: New music for khaen, volume one, the first compact disc dedicated to contemporary khaen composition. His works have been released on many labels including Tzadik and Innova, and his performances on labels including Centaur and Vienna Modern Masters.
Batya MacAdam-Somer is a violinist, violist, and vocalist specializing in collaboration and experimentation. Her work spans classical, avant-garde, folk, and popular music practices, taking her to venues throughout the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Europe. She has performed with ensembles and organizations including Project [BLANK], Art of Elan, San Diego New Music, Festival Vértice, wasteLAnd, Bang on A Can All-Stars, Hutchins Consort, the San Diego Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. She is also a member of Baby Bushka, an all-female band celebrating the music of Kate Bush.
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