Nov 3, 2007
Proceeds from this year's benefit dinner will go toward the expansion of LHF's 2008 music program. We were once again honored by the presence of Masters Bounseung Synanonh (kaen) and Khamta Mounisay (lum). They were joined by the Kinnaly Music and Dance Troupe, as well a special guest performer in ranahd and kim, and Mr. Khamphay Meungchanh (vocals). We also featured a recital by the students of our music program. Below are pictures and video clips from the show:
Sept 15, 2007
This year's show featured 22 performers from five states. We were honored to have our two beloved music masters, Bounseung Synanonh and Thongtanh Souvannapanh, share the stage for the first time. They were joined by their students from the Washington, DC area and folk singers ('maw lum') from California and Arizona. They were also joined by very talented classical dancers from Kinnaly of Seattle, WA and the Laotian Community Center (LCC) of Rhode Island. The show was focused on traditional music and dance, as a way to raise awareness about LHF's music and dance progams. LCC representatives also made a presentation on their efforts to raise funds for a new cultural center in Rhode Island. Below are video clips and pictures from the show:
August 11-19, 2007 pictures
July 4-8, 2007 pictures
For the first time, Laos was represented at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Master 'saw' player Thongtanh Souvannapanh and his troupe performed Lao traditional music in the "Roots of Virginia" cultural program. Master kaen player Bounseung Synanonh and his troupe performed folk music ('lum') in the "Mekong River" program. Their performances represent ed Southern Laos, including 'lum siphandon', 'lum tung wai', 'lum sarawun', 'lum sohm', 'lum konsawun', 'lum putai', and 'lum ban sawk'. The schedule of events in which LHF participated was as follows:
Highlights of the event include a fusion of Lao music with Cambodian music, as well as American Bluegrass.
June 19, 2007
Kinnaly performed at the Capitol Hill Arts Center Showroom in honor of World Refugee Day. Titled Artvocacy, this was a show by refugee artists to share their work and culture with the community. This year’s show included performances from Laotian and Bosnian dance troupes, and featured artists from around the world. The event was sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Art and Cultural Affairs, Humanities Washington, the Capitol Hill Arts Center, and ARTech. For more information, please visit www.kinnalydance.com
May 4, 2007
April 21, 2007
The event featured an exhibition of gold-thread embroidery of the Luang Prabang court by Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith, traditional music and dance by Kinnaly, and contemporary Lao textitles by Keomontree Douanbupha. We were graced by the presence of Darryl Johnson, Former US Ambassador to Thailand, and his wife.