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07 November 2009 :: 21:11:35 pm 1664

Biggles Big Band Tour Thailand 2009

November 7, 2009, Beside ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ Featuring the timeless jazz music of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and other greats. Also playing in Hua Hin, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Pattaya, November 5 – 18
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The famous Amsterdam-based Biggles Big Band is known for big band jazz featuring the music of some of the world’s greatest bandleaders. These include Duke Ellington, a founding father of jazz; Glenn Miller, the top musician, arranger and composer from the swing era; Tommy Dorsey, trombonist, trumpeter and composer; and William “Count” Basie, the incomparable keyboard maestro.

The Biggles Big Band tour of Thailand 2009 is being made possible courtesy of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok, and is expected to get everyone dancing.

At the launch of Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok on 26 October, HE Mr Tjaco Theo van den Hout, Ambassador of Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand, noted that world-class international performances visiting the kingdom often do not get beyond Bangkok. The Dutch Embassy is keen to see more events make their way beyond the Thai capital to the various regions of Thailand and is actively promoting the Biggles Big Band Thailand Tour 2009 which will take the show on the road to six other provinces around Thailand namely Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya. This presents a rare opportunity for many more people to enjoy the authentic sound of a full big band a rarity almost anywhere.

“JAZZ DE CHANG KANCHANABURI” Beside The Bridge on the River Kwai 7 November 2009

Kanchanaburi is a large province in western Thailand, and chang is the Thai word for elephant. Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi on 7 November is a particularly important stop in the Biggles Big Band Thailand Tour. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards an elephant conservation project in the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary.

Established in 1965, Salakpra is Thailand’s oldest wildlife sanctuary, and was created to protect rich forest fauna not far from Bangkok along the famous River Kwai. Over time, the optimal forest habitat for wild elephants has been diminished by encroachment and over-exploitation, as well as by the construction of dams and roads. As a result, Salakpra has become the frontline in the ongoing conflict between local residents, who are predominantly farmers, and the wild elephants raiding crops.

While Salakpra is a only a very small area of Kanchanaburi, it is nevertheless valuable, especially to those who live around it, for its forest products. The health of its ecosystem is vital to the well-being of the local community, elephants and other wildlife.

The Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary forms the southeastern arm of Thailand’s Western Forest Conservation Complex, the country’s most extensive tract of protected forest. The area is home to its largest surviving population of wild elephants.

Sustainable solutions are urgently needed to allow elephants and people to live alongside each other. Through the work undertaken by the Salakpra-based Elephant Conservation Network, a community-linked conservation initiative in Kanchanaburi, it is hoped that people and elephants can live side by side in their respective zones, each helping the other to maintain contented lives and livelihoods.

The common aim is to develop a collaborative system of mutual support that will ensure the sustainable use, effective protection and restoration of the ecosystem of Salakpra for the benefit of local people, elephants and other wildlife.

Kanchanaburi province is making a good start. Provincial authorities have taken on elephant conservation as a priority, and there has been growing collaboration between the public and private sector in organizing activities to support these goals.

Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi reflects this active partnership between the provincial authorities and the private sector with Thailand’s Tourism Industrial Council of Kanchanaburi which represent eight private sector organizations, including the participating hotels and resorts, the Elephant Conservation Network, as well as the Dutch embassy are involved in the fundraising concert.

Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi is being spearheaded by Mr Roengsak Mahavinichaimontri, Governor of Kanchanaburi province; Mr Wichai Losiri, President of Thailand’s Tourism Industrial Council of Kanchanaburi; Ms Belinda Stewart-Cox, Director of the Elephant Conservation Network; with the full support of HE Ambassador van den Hout.

Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi
Trumpet Sound for Pachyderms
Fund-raising event for elephant conservation at the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary

Biggles Big Band

A few young enthusiastic big band devotees founded the Amsterdam-based orchestra in 1985. The musicians thought of a name for the orchestra that would reflect their fantasy: ‘A boy’s dream comes to life.’ This is how they ended up with the name Biggles, the main character in the adventure books for young boys written by Captain W.E. Johns.

For almost 25 years, Biggles Big Band has delighted audiences all over Holland, as The Netherlands is also known, with its swinging big band sound. The band’s main venue has been Monday nights at the Casablanca Café, right in the heart of the Dutch capital. With its legendary reputation, Biggles Big Band never fails to get visitors’ toes tapping.

The band has a full complement of musicians that is rarely heard these days: four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, guitar, piano, acoustic bass, drums and a male vocalist. The repertoire includes In the Mood, and is great for dancing. Other classics include Tuxedo Junction and American Patrol. Crooner Arnold Auée, brings Frank Sinatra back to life with songs like: Fly Me To The Moon, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and The Lady Is A Tramp.

Bandleader Adrie Braat founded Biggles Big Band in 1985, and also travels the globe playing bass in the world famous Dutch Swing College Band, which he joined in 1988.

Two very talented ladies feature prominently in the lineup. Floortje Smehuijzen on first alto sax is the leader of the saxophone section who moves audiences with a beautiful ballad dedicated to big band great Duke Ellington. Vera Verwoert’s swinging solo in Green Onions is guaranteed to get everyone on the dance floor.

Source: The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok

Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi
Trumpet Sound for Pachyderms
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Beside ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’

17.30 – 18.00 Registration of VIP guests and press at the Bho Tree platform by the Bridge.

18.00 – 19.00 As the sun sets over a horizon, Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi will start to colour the night with an introduction from a high-profile Bangkok Connection band. The night for elephants and the time for new tourism era of Kanchanaburi are celebrated through the sound of hope and joy. (60 min.)

19.00 – 19.30 A ‘Jazz style’ opening remark by Mr Roengsak Mahavinichaimontri (governor of Kanchanaburi), Mr Wichai Losiri (president, Thailand’s Tourism Industrial Council of Kanchanaburi as representative of 8 organisations of the private sector) and Ms Belinda Stewart-Cox (Director, Elephant Conservation Network). A link between jazz music and elephants and the reason behind ‘Jazz de Chang’ event will be revealed. (30 min.)
19.30 – 20.15 The jazz concert by “Biggles Big Band” (fully 18 musical instruments) directed by a veteran conducter, Adrie Braat, from the Netherlands. Songs to be performed are those of Frank Sinatra such as Fly Me To The Moon, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and The Lady Is A Tramp. The concert will be held in front of the Bridge over the River Kwai. (1st part, 45 min.) 20.15 – 20.30 Fund-raising event for elephant conservation at the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary (15 min.)
20.30 – 21.15 Jazz concert continues by “Biggles Big Band”. Unlock your mind, free your spirit and let’s go dancing. (2nd part, 45 min.)
21.15 – 21.30 VTR “WOW!!! Kanchanaburi 2010” (15 min.)
21.30 – 22.15 Jazz concert continues “Biggles Big Band” (finale, 45 min.)
22.15 – 22.30 Thank you note by the governor of Kanchanaburi for “Biggles Big Band”.
22.30 – 24.00 The night is still kept awake and rocked by “Bangkok Connection”, one of a few jazz bands highly recognized in modern Bangkok.

1. Casual dress is recommended.
2. Seat reservation is highly recommended.


Biggles Big Band from Netherlands Tour in Thailand 2009 Performance: 2 sets of 60 minutes each or 3 sets of 45 minutes each

Concert No. 1 in Hua Hin
6 November 2009 (Friday)

Sofitel, Ticket 1,700 Baht.- incl. Dinner buffet Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas, Hua Hin
1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Prachuab-Khirikhan 77110 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 3251 2021-38
Fax: +66 (0) 3251 1014
Web site: www.sofitel.com

Concert No. 2
Jazz de Chang Kanchanaburi
Trumpet Sound for Pachyderms
7 November 2009 (Saturda)
Beside ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’

Charity Concert to benefit the elephant conservation
Ticket 800 Baht.- incl. Buffet Dinner)

Contact: Jumbo Chatupornpaisan, Owner
RSP Jumbo Travel
3/13 Chao Khun Nen Road A. Muang Kanachanaburi 71000
Tel: +66 (0) 3451 4906, (0) 3451 2280
Fax: +66 (0) 3451 4771
Mobile: 081 857 26 23
E-mail: jumbo@jumboriverkwai.com

Concert No. 3 in Sukhothai
8 November 2009 (Sunday)
Legendha Resort, Ticket at 400 Baht

The Legendha Sukhothai 214 Moo 3, T. Muangkao, A. Muang Sukhothai 64210
Tel: +66 (0) 5569 7249, (0) 5569 7275
Fax: +66 (0) 5569 7583
Mobile: 089 762 91 97
E-mail: info@LegendhaSukhothai.com

Serenata Hotels + Resorts
Tel: +66 (0) 2245 3069, (0) 2642 5497
Mobile: 081 827 57 84
E-mail: suwimol@serenatahotels.com

9 November 2009 (Monday)
Sukhothai – Chiang Rai (Legend)

The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa
124/15 Moo 21 Kohloy Road,
T. Robwiang, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5391 0400
Fax: +66 (0) 5371 9650
Mobile: +66 (0) 81 882 75 62 Web site: www.TheLegend-ChiangRai.com

Concert No. 4 in Chiang Rai
10 November 2009 (Tuesday)
(Legend: Ticket 590 Baht.- incl. BBQ Buffet Dinner)

11 November 2009 (Wednesday)
Mercure Chiang Mai
183 Changpuak Road T. Sripoom A. Muang Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5322 5500
Fax: +66 (0) 5322 5505
Web site: www.mercure.com/asia, www.mercurechiangmai.com

Concert No. 5 in Chiang Mai
12 November 2009 (Thursday)
Mercure: Ticket 590 Baht.- incl. Buffet Dinner

13 November 2009 (Friday) in Bangkok
VIE Hotel Bangkok
117/39-40 Pahya Thai Road, Ratchathewi Bangkok 10400
Tel: +66 (0) 2309 3939
Fax: +66 (0) 2309 3838
E-mail: Banthueng@VieHotelBangkok.com
Web site: www.VieHotelBangkok.com

Concert in Hotel No. 6 in Bangkok
14 November 2009 (Saturday)
Bangkok Concert in Hotel No. 6
(VIE Hotel: Ticket 1,200 Baht.- incl incl. Buffet Dinner)

15 November 2009 ( Sunday)
Bangkok Concert at the Netherlanads Embassy
(accommodationat VIE Hotel)
K. Pornchalita Dahlan Embassy of of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
15 Soi Thonson, Ploenchit Road Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 (0) 2309 5500
Main Tel: +66 (0) 2309 5231 Direct
E-mail: Pornchalitda.Dahlan@miubuza.nl

16 November 2009 (Monday) in Pattaya
The Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa
Vinit Chidchanognarth General Manager
The Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa
E-mail: gm@RavindraResort.com or chidchanognarth_vinit@yahoo.co.th
Mobile: 089 926 73 75

Concert No. 7 in Pattaya
17 November 2009 (Tuesday)
Pattaya Concert No. 7
(The Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa: Ticket 300 Baht.- incl. 1 standard Drink)

The Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
E-mail: gm@RavindraResort.com or chidchanognarth_vinit@yahoo.co.th
Mobile: 089 926 73 75
Web sites: Biggles Big Band

Elephant Conservation Network
Web site: www.ecn-thailand.org


Event dates and programme details may be subject to change.
Many of the festivals and events listed on Thailand’s official calendar of annual events are traditional Buddhist or folk festivals, the date of which is either determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and waxing and waning moon. These are not staged events. The festivals reflect the rhythm of life in rural Thai villages and local traditions as observed in times past. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel.

Tourism Authority of Thailand
Email: info@tat.or.th
Website: www.tat.or.th
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines)
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)

please call 1672.
1600 Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Rajatevee
Bangkok 10400

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