Thailand’s internationally renowned classical/pop crossover band, VieTrio, enthralled the audience at Katara - the Cultural Village’s Drama Theatre on Thursday, serenading them with an eclectic mix of contemporary Thai and western music.
Titled Thai Classical Crossover Music Show, the performance of Srinarong siblings – Paye, Parn, and Pui featured a number of popular pieces and those composed by Thai King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away nearly two years ago.
VieTrio started the show with their classical debut ‘Miracle’ followed by a series of King Adulyadej’s compositions – Love in Spring, Echo and Still On My Mind.
The renowned Srinarong siblings perform live at Katara.
“For the past few years, the Thai embassy in Doha has organised many cultural events to promote various aspects of ‘Thainess’ in Qatar. These include traditional cultural performances, Thai culinary art, and food festivals,” Thai ambassador Nathapol Khantahiran said.
“However, this is the first time that we exclusively introduce contemporary Thai music culture to the audience in the country.”
He stressed that the siblings have been mesmerising audiences around the globe with their unique interpretation of crossover music of all genres, from classic, pop, rock, dance, jazz, house, and rap to a fusion of Thai traditional music.
‘Paye,’ the oldest of the three, is a violinist, conductor, music producer and composer.
He was also the first recipient of Thailand’s Princess Galyani Vadhana’s Classical Music Scholarship, the first Thai violinist with a doctoral degree in music and the first Thai musician to perform at Carnegie Hall in Washington DC.
“Two of Paye’s younger sisters, Parn, and Pui, followed his steps of being professional cellist and violinist and now become two of the best cellists and violinists in Thailand,” Khantahiran said.
He noted that VieTrio performed over a thousand concerts in six continents and in a number of well-known concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Centre.
The siblings also performed in a number of concerts in the Middle East, including Qatar, during the trophy ceremony of ATP ExxonMobil Qatar Open in 2011, according to Khantahiran.
VieTrio has been featured in major media outlets in Thailand and in other countries such as Forbes Magazine Thailand, Al Jazeera, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others, the envoy added.
He pointed out that while Qatar residents are already familiar with traditional classical music, few Thai people are exposed to it.
The show was attended by ambassadors from various embassies in Doha and senior Katara officials led by general manager, Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti.
“This musical show is a bridge to identify aspects of the rich and ancient Thai culture,” he said, citing Katara’s keenness in collaborating with various embassies and agencies to bridge the gaps among different people by featuring their customs, traditions and cultural heritage.