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Saturday, July 22, 2006 Options
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Bruce Gaston + Fong Naam Live

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Various guests in connection with Ramakien:  A Rak Opera.  Including artistic director Rirkrit Tiravanija, music director Bruce Gaston and a live performance by members of the venerable Thai classical ensemble Fong Naam.

Ramakien a Rak Opera is having its world premiere as part of the Lincoln Center Festival Fri July 28 and Sat 29 at 8pm and Sun July 30 at 7pm at LaGuardia Concert Hall, 65th St and Amsterdam Avenue.  More info: or


Fong Naam and Thai electronica group and fellow Ramakien participants Photo Sticker Machine are also performing at Tonic, 107 Norfolk St. Sunday night July 23 starting at 8pm.

From the Lincoln Center website:


The Ramakien is the Thai national epic, based on the Ramayana, the 2000-year-old Indian tale of Hindu gods that is the most important literary and oral text of South Asia. The epic was adapted for the predominantly Buddhist country by a Thai king more than 200 years ago. A central motif in Thai cultural life, the picaresque tale follows the adventures of Rama, a divine prince, his struggle against the forces of evil, and his love for his cherished bride. The work is rich with Thai sentiment and portrays characteristics, customs, and beliefs of the Thai way of life.

Ramakien: A Rak Opera is based on the “Floating Princess” episode of the Ramakien – but this will be a very non-traditional retelling of the tale.  Ramakien will be a vibrant, fiery, and often raucous production.  The hippest artists in Bangkok–filmmakers, visual artists, rock and pop stars, underground electronica DJs, and other assorted Thai scenesters–converge in New York for the premiere.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Taroub: Echr el Bendok Options / Taroub / Voice of Lebanon

Richard Khuzami: Expulsion Options / Fused / Dahdoo / *
Maurice Chedid, Vocals

Amsterdam Klezmer All Stars: Odessa's Blast Out Options / Remixed / Essay / *

Daler Mehndi: Rang de Basanti Options / Rang de Basanti / Sony
Bollywood Soundtrack / with Chitra

Cabas: Declaracion del Bizco Options

Arto Lindsay:

Sek Los:

Modern Dog: Busaba Options

Pru: What's Left of Love Options



Fong Naam Live:

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