Most likely to induce a trance: Bounxeung Synanonh 

click to enlarge bounxeung_synanonh.jpg

World famous 78 rpm album collector, author, Grammy winner and Folk Fest programming board member Christopher King says you should go see this Laotian-born musician even if you have "compound fractures and are dragging your entrails behind."

Watching Synanonh perform using a khaen, an ancient, free-reed mouth organ made from 16 lengths of bamboo, should be a mind-blowing experience.

"If ever there was music that could put you in a trance, this is it," King says. "There were only eight 78s made from this region in 1931, and two feature this exact instrument. I never thought I'd hear it in the flesh."

Bounxeung Synanonh performs on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Costar Stage from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Lyft stage from 12:15 to 1 p.m. and the Costar Stage from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

Back to the Unofficial Guide to the Richmond Folk Festival




Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect with Style Weekly

Newsletter Sign-Up

The Flash
The Bite
The Scoop

Most Popular Stories

  • In the Know

    In the Know

    Thad Williamson, a former policy advisor for the mayor, eyes the soon-to-be vacant 5th District City Council seat.
    • May 14, 2019
  • Being There: The Market at 25th

    Being There: The Market at 25th

    • Apr 30, 2019
  • COMMENTARY: Why Northam Folded

    COMMENTARY: Why Northam Folded

    The governor’s recent balk on cap-and-trade legislation angers environmentalists, signals a change in strategy. 
    • May 7, 2019
  • Cultural Knowledge

    Cultural Knowledge

    Need Supply joins forces with a luxury retailer from Seattle to compete with larger e-commerce retailers.
    • May 14, 2019
  • More »

Copyright © 2019 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation