The Mahidol Faculty jazz ensemble closed out their visit to DC with a performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage as the last event of Jazz Appreciation Month, and on International Jazz Day (April 30, 2019).

Thanks to all who came out, especially all the attendees from the staff of the Thai embassy!

See their full performance on the Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel here:

In an official proclamation, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser today formally greeted and thanked the Mahidol Faculty ensemble for traveling to DC to share their talents and artistry!

The proclamation document is available here. The full text reads as follows:

As Mayor of Washington, DC, I am pleased to extend greetings to the Mahidol University Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz is more than music — it is a universal art form and today, you are hosting your performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. These talented musicians will showcase their skills for all to enjoy, celebrate, and learn about jazz and its impact. I want to thank you for raising the awareness and reinforcing international relationships through this art form.

The nation’s capital is a wonderful place to visit and while you were here, I hope you enjoyed the diversity and amenities our great city has to offer.

On behalf of all the residents of Washington, DC, you have my best wishes for an enjoyable, memorable event.

Cropped Quartet Promo ShotIn January 2019, we were hosted by the prestigious Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok during their 11th annual Thailand International Jazz Festival, part of our week-long stint in Bangkok for the “Sister Cities” jazz exchange project, funded by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.  This week is the second half of the “Sister Cities” jazz exchange project: a quartet of jazz faculty from Mahidol will be visiting DC all week.  Please come out to support the project and welcome our very special guests from Bangkok!

Friday, April 26th (1pm-2pm) — @ Smithsonian Freer Asian Art Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium (1050 Independence Ave SW)

  • FREE and open to the public!  Come out for a lunchtime performance of the Mahidol ensemble in the auditorium of the Smithsonian’s Freer Asian Art Gallery.
  • Facebook event link here
  • Web page event link here
Friday, April 26th (8pm-11pm) — @ Mr. Henry’s (601 Penn. Ave. SE), backing up vocalist Aaron Myers
  • NO COVER!  Join Wammie-winning vocalist Aaron Myers as the Mahidol faculty jazz quartet sits in for one special night as his back-up band at the historic Mr. Henry’s upstairs music and dining room.  Advance reservations recommended.
  • Facebook event link here
Saturday, April 27th (6pm-9pm) — @ Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society (2813 12th St NE), with the DC Jazz Collective (www.dcjazzcollective.com
  • This is an exciting joint performance of the DC Jazz Collective (first set) and the Mahidol jazz faculty quartet (second set) at the very intimate JACS, run by long-time DC trumpeter DeAndrey Howard.  Save your appetite for JACS’ delicious dinner food, as well. The $10 cover charge supports the non-profit JACS in its efforts to bring  local DC jazz to the community.
  • Web page for event here
  • Facebook event link here
Sunday, April 28th (6:30pm-9:30pm) — @ The Brixton (901 U St NW) as the house band for the “DC Jazz Jam”
  • NO COVER! The Mahidol quartet will serve as a special house band for the weekly DC Jazz Jam at the Brixton, which will be celebrating 10 years of jamming on U Street this August.
  • Web page for event here
  • Facebook event link here
Tuesday, April 30th (6pm-7pm) — @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for Jazz Appreciation Month
  • FREE and open to the public!  To close out their week-long stay in DC and the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Appreciation Month, the Mahidol quartet will play on the Millennium Stage in the main hall of the KC.
  • Facebook event link here
  • Web link here

 

About the artists:  Mahidol University College of Music is Thailand’s most prestigious music conservatory and one of the most highly-respected music schools in Southeast Asia. The faculty ensemble includes Jazz Department Chair Darin Pantoomkomol on piano, bass instructor Noppadol Tirataradol, saxophone instructor Krit Buranavitayawut, and drum instructor David Parente.  Individually and collectively, the faculty ensemble members have toured extensively and played with internationally renowned jazz artists such as Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, Jakob Dinesen, Terumasa Hino,Tiger Okoshi, Randy Johnston, Jay Anderson, Lewis Nash, Pat Harbison, Fabrizio Bosso, Peter King, and others.  Mr. Pantoomkomol, Mr. Tirataradol, and Mr. Buranavitayawut are also part of Pomelo Town, Thailand’s premier jazz combo.

Thanks for coming to our site!  We will be sharing more information about the DC Jazz Collective and our January 2019 trip to Bangkok, Thailand here.  We will also be posting about the visit to DC from our Mahidol University (Bangkok) College of Music friends in April 2019.  Come back to read more!