The Sound and Spirit of ASEAN was Awesome!!!

C Asean Consonant Concert "The Sound and Spirit of ASEAN"

Last Saturday, I have been invited to watch C Asean Consonant Concert at Malaysia Tourism and Information Centre.

I haven’t seen such performance in my life before. I enjoyed the show and almost dance when hear the music played by the musicians from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The songs they played were The ASEAN Way, Sarika Keo (Cambodia), Nan bone Thi Har Bwe (Myanmar), Dayung Sampan (Singapore), Xe Chi Luon Kim (Vietnam), Seang Khaen Lao (Laos), Hola Hela (Brunei), Salidummay (Philippines), Tak Tong Tong (Indonesia), Loy Krathong (Thailand) and Pandang-Pandang Jeling-Jeling (Malaysia).

All these songs were played 10 C Asean Consonant’s young musicians and five members of Malaysian Traditional Orchestra and sang by the Universiti Teknology MARA (UiTM) choir group.

All the 15 musicians players were conducted by Mohd Yazid Zakaria and Mr Watchara Pluemyart.
C Asean Consonant is created with the aim of using the universal language of music to build a musical bridge that intertwines ASEAN countries'  heritages together and create stronger bonds of understanding,  friendship,  and collaboration. 

It has become a platform for young generation to develop,  share,  learn,  and preserve traditional music of ASEAN.

About the C Asean Consonant Concert.

This is formed by "C asean," a Bangkok-based social enterprise whose aims are to strengthen regional connectivity by promoting high growth environment for ASEAN businesses and uplifting public knowledge, awareness,  and understanding on region integration.

Their main missions are to build an effective ASEAN network and community; to set a stage of showcase on business, arts,  and culture for young entrepreneurs a generations;  and to build a regional hub for ASEAN knowledge center focusing on business start-ups, arts, and culture.

“C asean Consonant is formed by bringing together new generations of musicians across ASEAN. Together, we selected our songs and rearrange to accentuate the uniqueness of our traditional musical instruments. This music integration will allow young generations in ASEAN to be more aware of the beauty in preserving their local traditions and, at the same time, respect the differences. Additionally, emphasizing the importance to preserve their traditional music heritage,  they will find the way to craft out our ASEAN identity amidst cultural diversity,”  Dr Karndee Leopairote,  Managing Director of C asean stated.

C asean also engages with several organizations to help gain regional recognition for this music collaboration. ThaiBev, Thailand and Southeast Asia's leading beverage company incorporated with F&N Malaysia and Singapore, lays plan to support C asean Consonant as a major contributor to this series concert.

Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, President and CEO of Thai Beverage Company Limited expresses his opinion that "ASEAN integration is perceived as an opportunity to the region, as ASEAN nations will be able to create a better future together. In addition to business and commerce,  l strongly believe that music is one of the important elements that plays a crucial role of uniting ASEAN citizen,  connecting people,  and improving their mutual understanding."

“This traditional ensemble is inspired by an understanding that music is the best language friendship and the establishment of C asean Consonant is a testament that ASEAN has become one, with that same understanding,” said Tan Sri Dr.  Ong Hong Peng,  Secretary General,  Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.
Associate Professor Victor R Savage of the NUS Office of Alumni Relations, co-organiser of the concert, says, "Music after a an international language that transcends linguistic, cultural, religious, political and economic barriers. 

C asean Consonant Concert "The Sound and Spirit of ASEAN is scheduled to perform at Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall, Malaysia Tourism and Information Centre (MaTIC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 2 to 3, 2016 for invitation and public respectively.  and at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium of the National University of Singapore on April 8, 2016.

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