Drums Workshop by Chanutr Techatana-nan (Hong)

Date: 22 May 2014, Thursday

Time: 230pm-4pm

Venue: Recital Hall, South wing campus

Chanutr Techatana-nan is with the Teriver Cheung Trio who is the artist-in-residence at the Institute of Music from 21-23 May 2014.

Hong_©CHIA Ming Chien_HumbleRooster.comChanutr Techatana-nan (aka HONG) is regarded as one of the most innovative and exciting drummers to emerge recently in the Asian jazz scene. He is best known for his groovy swing juxtaposed with exciting polyrhythmic embellishments.

Chanutr began his professional career as a drummer in 1995 when he played at“Saxophone,” Thailand’s most prestigious jazz venue. In a short span of time, he had performed with various groups and many great musicians in a variety of styles, ranging from rock to Jazz and Latin to Fusion. In 2002, he was a winner of the “Best Drummer in the Open League Category” at the inaugural Thailand Drum Contest, which was the first ever drum contest in Thailand and South East Asia. After receiving this award, he studied privately with the great American drummer Shawn Kelly.  Apart from his success as a performer, since 2003, he has pursued a fulfilling path as a music instructor, training young musicians, in particular drummers at Thailand’s most prestigious faculty of music, “Silpakorn University” under the direction of renowned Thai jazz pianist Nu Vudthivichai.

Chanutr has previously performed with other reputable ensembles at various local and International jazz venues like Thailand International Jazz Festival; Huahin Jazz Festival; “Tsunami Benefit Concert” in London; Lincoln Center Festival 2006 in New York; “Japan-Thailand Commemorative Jazz Concert” at the invitation of the Royal Thai Embassy, Tokyo; Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival; Miri International Jazz Festival; Penang Island Jaz Festival and most recently Kathmandu Jazz Festival.

Currently, he performs with The Asian All-Stars Power Quartet, the band comprises Singapore’s ‘King of Swing’ jazz pianist/organ maestro Jeremy Monteiro; Eugene Pao, arguably Asia’s top jazz guitarist from Hong Kong and Tots Tolentino, saxophone extraordinaire from Phillipines. He can also be heard in the “Organamix” trio led by Jeremy Monteiro and Andrew Lim in which their live album “Organamix – Grovin’ at Groove Juncion group” was recently nominated for the 10th Annual Independent Music Award (IMA) for Best Live Performance Album Category. Organamix was the first Southeast Asian group nominated for this award.

He is currently a full-time instructorand Program Coordinator (Jazz Studies) at the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University and continues to perform extensively at both local and international jazz venues. He is endorsing CANOPUS drums and hardwares. (www.canopusdrums.com)

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