The Recollection of Khun Yuam: Music Evokes Memories


Khun Yuam, a small district in Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand, is known as a wood and border trade area. From 1943-1945, the Japanese army retreated to Khun Yuam, and this period became part of the local people's memories. Furthermore, during music fieldwork in 2021, the researcher interviewed the Ruam Dao Khun Yuam Ensemble, a contemporary Lanna traditional ensemble. Most of the band members were alive during the occupation period. They insisted that they had learnt a song entitled Yipun (Japanese) from Japanese soldiers by oral tradition but there was no evidence of this in the Japanese language pronunciation because of language dynamics combined with the local pronunciation of Tai Yai. The researcher was inspired to examine this by using the Cross-Cultural Music Process, the creative method, which includes 1) Learning the original tunes from local musicians and consulting with language experts, 2) Interpreting by arranging for a string quartet by combining music in the same context, 3) Rehearsing and performing, and 4) Transmission, designing showcases with narration and seeing the reflection. The result was an arrangement for a string quartet in "Recollection", which combined two Yipun and O Te, children's Japanese tunes, which Pang Tanu, a legendary local person, sang. The music demonstrated a human legacy of humanity and empathy that is apparent through the audience engagement during the performances.

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Suppabhorn Suwanpakdee, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, Thailand

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Conference: ECAH2023
Stream: Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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Suwanpakdee S. (2023) The Recollection of Khun Yuam: Music Evokes Memories ISSN: 2188-1111 – The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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