Donation for Flood Relief by PayPal

My friends with the BiA Disaster Fund are now able to receive donations by PayPal (and hence all major credit cards) at email address <biadisasterfund@bia.or.th>

If you read this posting before, note that the original email (with spelling error) has been replaced.

All contributions are deeply appreciated. If you need print documentation, just send your name and mailing address.

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Please Help!

You are probably aware that Thailand is experiencing a flood disaster of historic proportions.

One half of the whole country has already been heavily damaged or is in imminent danger. It will take years to recover fully.

The human and economic damage is hard to overstate.  Most recently, attention is focused on the drowning of huge industrial estates, but agriculture and human communities are being wiped out wholesale. Almost 300 people are dead, and no one knows how many have been displaced

Flood relief is being organized across the country by many groups, focusing on the immediate needs of people for  shelter, food, and clothing.  The rebuilding in the months (and years) ahead will be even more daunting.

There are many ways for individuals to help.  One effort that you might consider contributing to is being organized by the individuals at the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archive (BiA), sometimes known as “Suan Mokkh Bangkok” in association the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) and other organizations. These individuals and organization were intimately involved in rebuilding after the 2001 Andaman tsunami under the umbrella of  Save Andaman Network. They have learned the hard way how to manager long term disaster relief effectively.

If you wish to contribute money to the efforts of this group, you may do so by transferring funds to this account:

  • Account name : BIA – Disaster Fund
  • Saving account No: 402-766966-9
  • Bank : Siam Commercial Bank, Energy Complex Branch.
  • Swift Code  (for transfers from outside Thailand:          SICOTHBK

A certificate of donation for tax or other purposes can be provided. Simply fax a copy of the transfer receipt, along with your correct name and mail address  to +66 (0)2-936 2900. A certificate will be sent by post.

In giving to charity, it is  always a concern that the organization be on the up and up and well run. The Hua Hin Arts Guide has worked closely with the BiA and its individual staff over the past year, and have complete faith in their integrity and competence. Please do consider supporting their efforts to rebuild this country. Thank you.

If you like to know more about the BiA and their very beautiful center in Bangkok, there is a nice article in English here.

Hua Hin Artists Wow Bangkok

Hua Hin’s  Gary Hall has finished a whirlwind tour with Randolf Arriola. The pair’s innovative ‘live looping’ music was very warmly received.

“We accomplished  two important goals.” says Hall. “We introduced audiences and musicians to Live Looping, an amazing  way to perform and compose, and we promoted the idea of Mindfulness with Sound, or ‘Sōta-sati’ for mental self-training.”

The tour started at the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BiA) , where each of three performances was configured to highlight a different instrumentation and musical  approach.

“The BiA is a startlingly beautiful place in one of Bangkok’s hidden garden spots.” says Singaporean Arriola. “Its mission is the promotion of human well-being. To be catalyst for each  listener’s emotional, physical, and spiritual experience is my aim. Playing for dedicated meditators focusing on our sound moment-to-moment was a remarkable experience.”

Arriola and Hall finished their tour with a packed-room performance at Jazz Happens Bar in the Phra Arthit arts district.   “Jazz Happens is currently the city’s top venue for creative and original music in all genres.” says Hall. ” We got an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response.”

Future projects include performance tours in the ASEAN (Southeast Asian) region. Says Hall “The practice of focused listening that we call Mindfulness with Sound or Sōta-Sati (Pali) is a method of mental training that anyone can apply to enhance daily life. In this case, we worked with a Buddhist institution, but the technique can benefit every person.”

Warm thanks are extended to the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archive, Jazz Happens Bar, and Dell Computer Southeast Asia for support that made this lightning tour possible.

Randolf Arriola is a composer, performer, and SE Asia’s leading exponent of live looping as a musical technique. His first CD/DVD will be released in October 2011, with a gala concert at Singapore’s state-of-the-art Esplanade performing arts center. Audio: http://soundcloud.com/randolf-arriola. Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/randolfarriolaFacebook: Randolf Arriola

Gary Hall is a musician and inventor from USA. At Lexicon, Inc in the early ’80s, he created some of the very first digital audio ‘looping’ hardware. His current focus is the use of sound and music in mental training, performing original music weekly in Bangkok and Hua Hin. Audio: http://soundcloud.com/hua-hin-sound-cloud. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD0hGLHqbbw. Facebook: Gary Hall

Live Looping is a musical technique in which a few bars of music are recorded and repeated, forming a bed for solo material or additional loops. The process is similar to multi-track recording,  but performed in real-time.  Musical material is generally not pre-recorded. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_looping  Facebook: Loopers Delight, Live Looping. Web sites: http://www.loopers-delight.com/loop.html, http://livelooping.org/.

Mindfulness with Sound (Sōta-Sati) is a method of mental cultivation involving musical or non-musical sound. It is an ancient technique, practiced in various contemplative traditions. Modern exponents include Pauline Oliveros, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and Malcolm Huxter. Additional web links: http://ww.bangkokpost.com/arts-and-culture/music/252868/musical-aid-to-meditation http://deeplistening.org/, http://www.ethailand.com/news/musical-aid-to-meditation-201603.html,

The Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BiA)  is a museum, performance venue, and repository for the teachings of Buddhadasa Bhikku,  located at the north end of Suan Wachira Benchatat (Railway Park), adjoining Chatuchak Park and its famous weekend market, a short walk or taxi ride from the Mo Chit BTS Skytrain station. Thai: Facebook: Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives, http://bia.or.th. English: http://www.tannetwork.tv/tan/ViewData.aspx?DataID=1033578, http://wanderingdhamma.wordpress.com/2010/12/19/buddhadasa-bhikkhu-archives/.

Jazz Happens Bar, located near Bangkok’s famous Khaosan Road backpackers district,  specializes in jazz and original music. It was founded in 2008  as  a venue for performance by  students in Silpakorn University’s jazz program. It has since grown into an important center for original music and new artists. Facebook: Jazz Happens Bar

For information and bookings, contact Gary Hall at email garyhall771@gmail.com or tel. +66 (0)89 181 6328