Saturday, July 13, 2013

Steve Beck performs music by Phoong the elephant

Phoong, an elephant living at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center and member of the Thai Elephant Orchestra, was for years an avid improviser on our giant xylophone, which we call a renaat after a traditional Thai instrument.

Thousands of people have heard him perform at the daily shows at the Center. We recorded one of his solo improvisations and released it on the CD Elephonic Rhapsodies.

Wade Ripka transcribed it, and I arranged it for solo piano (download the score) . Here's a new recording of the piece by a great classical pianist, Steve Beck.

Or listen to Phoog's solo in a new window

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