Dr. Andrew Shahriari ‎– Silk, Spirits & Song (Music From North Thailand)

Lyrichord ‎– LYRCD 7451
CD, Album


1 Salaw-Saw-Sueng: Sao Mai
2 Salaw-Saw-Sueng: Pama
3 Pi Saw: Solo Demonstration
4 Saw
5 Tueng Nong
6 Klawng Luang
7 Klwang Buje
8 Klawng Sabadchai
9 Phin Pia: Mae Ping
10 Phin Pia: Sao Mai
11 Piphat Mon: Funeral
12 Piphat Mon: Spirit Dance
13 Dontri Phuen Muang: Spirit Dance

Companies, etc.



Thais often characterize the music of northern Thailand as the most serene in the country. Yet the people of the region, known as Lanna, also have an arsenal of powerful drum traditions and ensembles that demand attention. This recording brings together a wide variety of styles that are rarely heard, except by the local population. From the ethereal sound of the phin pia to the bombastic pounding of the klawng luang, you will find a wealth of music largely unknown to the outside world. Drawn from two years of field recordings by Dr. Andrew Shahriari, ethnomusicologist and Thai music specialist, this collection represents the unique sounds of northern Thailand from the most public settings, such as a Buddhist temple festival, to exclusive contexts, as with the faun phi, an animistic spirit-possession dance tradition.

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