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17 January, 2016 @ The Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

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Why Phleng Choi

Phleng Choi is a popular style of entertainment performed by skilled and creative singers. Poetry is improvised and singers make up their lines on the spot. Singers showcase their wit, intelligence, style, fast thinking, creativity, and improvisation skills. Musical accompaniment and audience participation is all a part of Phleng Choi.

Incorporating the Gospel Message in Phleng Choi

Phleng Choi lends itself well to a Gospel presentation because it allows discussion of topics that would otherwise be improper or impolite to bring up under normal circumstances. Issues that could seem intimidating or threatening in normal Thai conversation can be discussed in an easygoing way, with self-deprecating jokes and wit throughout. The Phleng Choi topics are structured to maintain a serious discussion, but spontaneous enough to keep the listener interested. When presented in a lighthearted and relaxed context, Phleng Choi will make the performance a memorable experience and warm the Thais to the Gospel message.

The Master of Ceremonies was Mrs. Duangchai and the message was given by Pastor Dan.

HARK Publications is pleased to present this live production in the form of DVD’s for dissemination.

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DVD’s are earmarked for release Spring 2016.

 

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Approximately 30 master’s level students attended the Theology of Music in the Church seminar by Dr. Arnfield P. Cudal on Wednesday January 13, using the newly released book by HARK Publications: “The Ultimate Guide to Worship Arts” by Dr. Arnfield Cudal. Dr. Richfield Cudal also taught a class on the “Theology of the Lord’s Supper” Saturday January 16, 2016.
Theology of music classes are required at HARK seminary.

 

On Sunday, 17 January at 17:30 PM, HARK is pleased to announce the inaugural performance of Phleng Choi at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

The scripts are:
1. Nature – what a perfect coincidence. But where is the perfect nature of man?
2. I say I’m right. She says she’s right. So who is right?
3. Would I choose to be rich or to be happy?
4. Is there only one place to find inner happiness?

…and concludes with a plaintive presentation of the Gospel.
5. The answer is in this Book.


Why Phleng Choi

Phleng Choi is a popular style of entertainment that can only be performed by skilled and creative singers. Nearly all of the poetry is improvised and singers are expected to make up their lines on the spot. Singers are rated based on their wit, intelligence, style, fast thinking, creativity, and improvisation skills. Performers will sing back and forth, sometimes in witty banter, sometimes in a question-and-answer format, always in a fast-moving conversation.

Incorporating the Gospel Message in Phleng Choi

Phleng Choi lends itself well to a Gospel presentation because it allows discussion of topics that would otherwise be improper or impolite to bring up under normal circumstances. Issues that could seem intimidating or threatening in normal Thai conversation can be discussed in an easygoing way, with self-deprecating jokes and wit throughout. The Phleng Choi topics are structured to maintain a serious discussion, but spontaneous enough to keep the listener interested. When presented in a lighthearted and relaxed context, Phleng Choi will make the performance a memorable experience and warm the Thais to the Gospel message.

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Open to the Public – Free

The inaugural presentation is a live video recording in which the audience is part of the presentation. A final DVD will be made available for distribution.

WHEN: Sunday, 17 January 2016 @ 17:30 PM

WHERE: Bangkok Arts and Culture Center – at the BTS ‘National Stadium’ station across from MBK & Siam Paragon

ADMISSION is FREE and open to the public.
A reception follows the performance.
Donations and support for this project are welcomed.

For more information, contact Bertram 094-480-4216
or K.View, 02-236-4500, 02-236-7044 fax 02-266-3836

 

Bárbara Padilla & Christy Gibson
 

Introducing our newest album for 2016, O Lord Be Thou Our Guide!

We are delighted to announce that the INVOCATIONS album project featuring international classical crossover recording artist Bárbara Padilla and Thai luktung singer Christy Gibson, along with other singers from Thailand and the USA, has been completed and is being released in Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Philippines, and the USA.

Hundreds of CDs have already been distributed in Asia. Feedback has been very positive and encouraging!

 

Comments:

A Thai pastor and missionary in Thailand and Cambodia:

“This is a wonderful combination of Western and Thai music. I enjoyed listening to both the Thai and English, and listening to songs in English helps with my learning.

Psalm 51 is particularly beautiful. Wanpen had just the right touch, sweet and prayerful. She showed much emotion in her voice. Her inflections and pronunciation was perfect and she did an amazing job singing the western melody in our traditional Thai classical style. This gives me joy and happiness to hear the Psalms, and especially in Thai, done in our way of singing. It is very proper.

Hannah’s version is very beautiful and calming. I can learn so much English. I listen to her repeatedly and can almost memorize the whole Psalm now.

I appreciate foreigners who can sing in our language (Christy). She sang very well in Thai. And wow, the American lady (Bárbara) sings very high.”

 

A Thai student:

“I like it very much and appreciate the songs because they are in Thai and English. I can learn English and I can understand it in Thai. It is a nice surprise to see Christy Gibson on the Album. I think she is a good example.”

 

A Filipino worker in Thailand:

“The songs are beautiful. It makes it more special to hear God’s words.”

 

A member of the BSU Chorale, Philippines:

“Beautifully done! Bárbara Padilla is amazing! I think she is Filipina.”

 

A Choir Director in the Philippines:

“This is a special album. The singers are very talented, and what I like most is how this was done in Thai and English. The English songs are beautifully done. I am sure the Thai is very pretty. I like the orchestration and flavor of the music very much. I hear the Thai instruments and it works well with the orchestra.

 

A Pastor in Singapore:

“I like the Psalms. There are so many Thais and foreigners here we can reach with this album.”

 

Digital albums are available now online on the HARKPublications.com website. Physical albums will be available at the end of January 2016 following the release in Asia.

We titled the album O Lord Be Thou Our Guide as a fitting prayer for the new year, and to highlight the first & last pieces of the album. We decided to keep the Thai & English arrangements together in the same album in response to the Thai listeners. To our English listeners, we thought that hearing the same songs in Thai would add a special dimension to your listening experience while offering a cultural opportunity as well.

Musically, the album showcases the blending of two cultures by combining Eastern musical elements with orchestra and pipe organ. The same spiritual truths are conveyed in two different languages.

1. O Lord Be Thou Our Guide – Christy Gibson (Thai)

2. Blessed Are You – Wanpen Jittrong (Thai)

3. Apotheosis of Stainer’s Psalm 51 – Arnfield Cudal – Orchestral Work

4. Psalm 51 – Wanpen Jittrong (Thai)

5. Psalm 51 – Hannah Cudal (English)

6. Psalm 84 – Hannah Cudal (English)

7. Blessed Are You – Chelsea Mattson (English)

8. O Lord Be Thou Our Guide – Bárbara Padilla (English)

Artists, musicians, and instrumentalists from around the world – Thailand, Philippines, and the USA – have collaborated to bring this album together. Songs were recorded with the Symphony Orchestra and the Bunditpatanasilpa Musicians of Bangkok, Thailand. Pipe organ was recorded at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church, Palm Beach, Florida.

You are sure to enjoy and benefit from this album for a long time to come.

Sincerely,

Arnfield P. Cudal

Purchase Album Here

 

Dr. Richfield A. Cudal, President of HARK Seminary, recently appointed Uldarico I. Tabada as Dean of the Iligan Campus, Mindanao. Mr. Tabada, a graduate of Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary, joins the worldwide faculty of HARK Seminary as Instructor of Bible and Religious Education. HARK Seminary has an online campus, campuses in Malaybalay, Cebu, Ilioilo, and Iligan, Philippines, and satellite campuses in Bangkok, Thailand, and West Palm Beach, FL, USA.