S T R E E T M U S E T H A I L A N D
The Street Muse documentary series is a vehicle for direct cultural exchange. Personal engagement with a diversity of people and places creates opportunities for mutually rewarding insights and understanding.
Many do not have the opportunity to travel, but together we can make something that others will enjoy while learning more about the people and places of this planet we all inhabit.
With your past support, Meryl, Len, Imgard, and I had the privilege of sharing our experience in Kenya with you. With your help now, the new Street Muse team would like to take you on a journey to Thailand.
M U S I C A L E C O L O G Y
As some of you may know, our Southeast Asia Kickstarter campaign did not reach its 25K goal, which ended on February 18, 2019.
Now we aim to boil the project down to its essence.
Tiffy Kaeo (translator and guide), Marcelo Quarantotto (cinematographer), and myself (Nate/Gull) plan to travel to Thailand to take a closer look at the khaen, an instrument that is indigenous to this region.
Tiffy's 85 year old grandfather used to make this instrument, but does not anymore because the type of bamboo that he used is no longer available. What happened? This will be the main focus of our trip— it ties into the idea of musical ecology, where the music we make is directly connected to our environment.
T H E K H A E N
The khaen is capable of creating 10 notes simultaneously by 1 player, and produces tones that I unknowingly had been searching for within my own music for many years.
My first time hearing the khaen was in 2010 at the Richmond Folk festival, where a Laotian musician named Bounseung Synanone played the instrument. >>>
We also want to check out what kinds of music the youth of Thailand are listening to and creating. Are they interested in traditional instruments like the khaen? Are they drawn to music that is more contemporary or "western"? In what ways do rural vs urban environments have an effect on this?
F U N D I N G
The funding you provide will go towards:
- Audio and video equipment, music gear (including insurance)
- Essential costs for crew (food, lodging)
- Travel expenses (including airfare, visas, and travel within Thailand for 4-5 weeks)
- Any funds leftover from the trip will go directly towards post production
O U T C O M E
A large part of this project is documenting and sharing culture through the lens of music.
We will use the footage obtained to create the next Street Muse documentary, which is meant to be an ongoing series of musical exploration and collaboration.
Another important outcome of this project is reciprocity. We want to connect the musicians we meet with a broader international fan base, and are teaming up with a Brooklyn, NY based label called Lagom Audio/Visual to help assist us with this. Our aim here is to make a conduit between the musicians and their new fans, so that they can communicate directly with each other, share merchandise, and exchange ideas.
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Thank you for your continued interest and support!
Questions or Comments? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Risks and challenges
Clarity of purpose and an improvisatory approach are how we intend to work through the difficulties that we will inevitably face during production. While we are working with knowledgeable local co-producers to plan our itinerary, our experience with Street Muse Kenya and Nate's years of touring tell us that we shouldn't expect that plan to survive long once we get started. However, we know the stories we want to tell, and we know how to productively think on our feet. The spirit of this project is of curiosity, exploration, and communication, and our commitment to this vision will see us through.
As is true of many documentary projects, editing Street Muse Kenya was probably more challenging than shooting it. For this iteration we have an editor lined-up, and given their connection to the project, our goal of completing the edits within a year of shooting is realistic.
- (19 days)