Lao song: lar gone jark (ລາກ່ອນຈາກ)





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Published on Sep 20, 2013

sing by: BouaNgeun Saphouvong & Sunaree Rachsrima

from wiki pedia:

Speaking about the music of Laos one will always be fast to compare it with the music of Thailand and Cambodia.
Not only the several similarities in the names of the instruments, even in historical facts we find basic influencies and analog developments.
Regarding the fact that the country Laos was "build" by dividing northern Siam from Laos, drawing a border line along the Mekong in the 18th century by the French colonists, we face two separate developments on each side of the Mekong if we focus on "Lao music", where the musical development in mountainous Laos followed the isolated geographical and political developments.

To categorize the actual Lao music, it seems helpful to distinguish between the non-classical folk traditions (which are presented through the ensembles and Instruments used within, the classical music and its basic ensembles and the huge vocal traditions.
Each of this traditions is influenced by regional playing styles, which can be separated in three different eras: Luang Prabang in the north, Vientiane in the center and Champassak in the south.

Lam traditions
All "lam" traditions from southern Laos focus on the Khene mouth organ, which might be one reason why the descending melody lines dominate the music. The only two traditions without descending melodies are the "lam sithadone" (comparable to the "lam klum" in Thailand and using only "san" melodies) and the rare "lam som" (from Pakse region, using cadences on A and D).
Again, names indicate a geographical style, like with the famous "lam salavan or salawan" (from Salavan , accompanied by a small ensemble consisting of a Khene, fiddle, a flute and percussion instruments) or the "lam tang vay" (named after the "rattan chair" village,

using a likewise ensemble and easily remarked by their basic melody aa-gg-f_-d_).
Other names indicate an ethnic origin, like the "lam phu thai" (genre of the upland Thai people, prefering "noi" scales) or the "lam ban xok" (which is a version of the Thai "lam phanya loi" from the other side of the Mekong, featuring a vocalist with cymbals, a Khene and percussion instruments). The latter maybe somehow related to the "lam khon savan" (a famous duet between instrumentalist and singer from Savannaketh province) and the only slightly

different "lam mahaxay" (Mahaxay is a town near the Vietnamese border).

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