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Thailand: when double bass becomes a way of life, interview with Yossarun Jirayuwat

The problems of the world of Music, revisited through the eyes of an experienced and gifted double bass player, a teacher in his own instrument and whose name is increasingly making its way into the world of Jazz in Bangkok and Thailand.

 

di Francesco Tortora
Giovedì 23 Giugno 2022
Dal nostro corrispondente a Bangkok - 23 giu 2022 (Prima Pagina News)

The problems of the world of Music, revisited through the eyes of an experienced and gifted double bass player, a teacher in his own instrument and whose name is increasingly making its way into the world of Jazz in Bangkok and Thailand.

 

People do not always know the problems experienced by professional musicians and music teachers, especially it is difficult to explain how much love, passion, patience and sacrifices are hidden in such a relevant professional and human choice. We talk about this with double bass player and teacher in his instrument, Yossarun Jirayuwat, whose name has long been in wide circulation in the world of jazz in Bangkok and the entire Nation. 

 

When you began to play music in your life, what age? 

 

I started playing music since I was 12 years old with Electone as a first instrument then I played guitar and bass later on. 

 

How do you choose double bass as your main music instrument?  

 

Like many bassists in the world -I believed- I started with electric bass. Once a friend of mine suggested Jazz music to me, so I suddendly was falling in love with Jazz and the sound of the double bass ever since. 

 

Which studies you had in your career? 

 

I was graduated BBA (marketing at Assumption university) and Master of Music (Jazz study at Rangsit university). 

 

At the current time, you're a teacher in a Music School, can you say which kind of experience is to you and what school are you teaching in? 

 

I was a teacher at Fine music school and Kasetsil Music school. It was a good experience in giving music’ knowledges to the students or at least to point out what they can do in music. 

 

From your personal experience, what's the level of Thailand/Bangkok youth who wants beginning to play music as job in life? 

 

In my opinion, I think youth in Thailand has the potential to play music since there are many good music teachers available in Thailand plus the technology in these days are suitable for them to find any information from any part of the world. So they can find anything they interested and improve their skill anytime. But the problem comes when they want to do it as a job: there are many competitors with a limited place to perform. They have to be outstanding among their friends and also have to compete with the existing musicians (who came before) to get the gigs so I would say it is a little bit hard to find the gigs here but if you are really talented there is no worry about that 

 

As teacher, what could you suggest to improve the scene of teaching Music (Jazz too) in Thailand? 

 

For me, teaching itself is not really a problem that much. I didn't mean that Thailand is the best in music teaching, but I think the newcomer need more places and chances to show their skills otherwise it would be useless if they spending a lot of time to master their skills but have no place to perform. 


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