The Thai Elephant Orchestra
"Elephonc Rhapsodies"

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$13.99 | CD | Catalog #MUL009
Release date: October, 2005

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This elephantine CD has 74 minutes of music and includes a sixteen page color booklet that details the project. The long-awaited second offering of elephants in the Thai jungle playing specially designed musical instruments. The Thai Elephant Orchestra was co-founded by Richard Lair of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang and performer/composer Dave Soldier. This CD is more tailored for children than the first, and explores the far reaches of what the ellies now perform, including lots of traditional Thai music, and even Beethoven (the Pastorale Symphony) and Hank Williams (Kaw-liga). Guest appearances by dance composer David First, cellist Jami Sieber, pin pia player Smithitham, bamoolin player Muangling, saxophone sensation Matusuda Madoka and more. But still lots and lots of pure elephant music with almost no editing or studio tricks sure to please their fans.

A PDF article by on this and related projects by Dave Soldier
Article about the Orchestra from The New York Times
Article on Thai elephants (features the orchestra) from National Geographic
Article from Time Magazine
Article from The Economist
Review of Elephonic Rhapsodies from Seattle Weekly

Video: with lots of playing shot by SBS in Australia
Video: Swedish TV story with nice film clips of the performances
Video of a trio and an 8 piece from June, 2006 by Neal Christensen

Audio: BBC radio interview
Audio: a long Canadian Radio interview

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