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Loi Krathong Celebrations (Benjasiri Park, Bangkok, Thailand 2013).
Photo: Andrea Reinkemeyer (All rights reserved).

นำ้ใจ NaamJai (Liquid Heart)
for Orchestra (2015)
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Sherwood, Oregon - 2015)
Commissioned by Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra.
Made possible by the generous funding of the A.W. Mellon Foundation


Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B-flat, 2 Bassoons
4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C, 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, Tuba
Timpani, 2 Percussion*, Harp, Strings
* Percussion 1: Chimes, Large Bass Drum, Small Triangle
* Percussion 2: Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Tambourine, Large Triangle, Suspended Cymbal

Performance Materials will soon be available from - $

Download a PDF of the Program Notes and Andrea's Bio

NaamJai (Liquid Heart) for Orchestra (2015) was commissioned by the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, and made possible by generous funding of the A.W. Mellon Foundation, for the 2015 "Migrations" American Music Festival.

This work was inspired by the three years my family spent living in Bangkok, Thailand. Kindness flows from a "liquid heart"; it is giving, loving and open to others. We encountered this kindness often as we traveled throughout southeast Asia. While our migration was temporary, Bangkok is full of people who moved or fled there to escape political, religious, socioeconomic and environmental turmoil, so we were constantly navigating the peaceful intersection of different cultures and traditions.

Throughout the three sections of this work, I have woven in the sounds of the city and nature, impressions of the places we visited, traditional celebrations, as well as fragments of older works to show how I've changed as a composer as a result of these experiences. Our time was bookended by two major Thai events: the slowly rising floodwaters of 2011 and the bubbling political discontent that lead to the military coup d'état of 2013-14. In both instances, there was a long period of stressful uncertainty leading up to the unfolding of the events, so this tension is also present in the work.

The first section, Twittering, Laughing, draws upon the great diversity of birds found throughout Thailand in addition to the beautiful tonality of the language. The second sections, Floating Dreams Upon the Water Under a Full Moon, refers to Loi Krathong, a festival of lights that celebrates the importance of water within the Thai culture. As the full moon rises, people float baskets upon the water or release lanterns into the evening sky. The final section mixes together heat, blaring horns, and sparkling edifice of the temples.

-- Notes by Andrea Reinkemeyer


In the News:

"Migrations" the exodus: ASO performance draws music fest at EMPAC to a close
by Joseph Dalton (online) - May 18, 2015 - Albany Times Union
In the tone poem "NaamJai," Andrea Reinkemeyer drew inspiration from her recent three years of living in Thailand. The most boisterous and ungrounded music of the night, it started off in a bumping, rather brutalist manner. Eventually things settled into a more lyric and consonant expansiveness, highlighted by a sweet, extended quartet for the principal strings."
Review: ASO concludes festival with 'mind bending' works
by Geraldine Freedman - May 17, 2015 - The Daily Gazette
Reinkemeyer's "NaamJai" ("Liquid Heart") was highly rhythmic with dry articulations
Composers Andrea Reinkemeyer and Clint Neeham
by Alan Charlock and Joe Donahue - May 14, 2015 - WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Listen to the Radio Interview

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
American Music Festival, "Migrations"
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY)
$ (More information)

Clint Needham, We Are All From Somewhere Else for Orchestra *
Michael Daugherty, Trail of Tears for Flute and Orchestra / Amy Porter, flute


Andrea Reinkemeyer, NaamJai (Liquid Heart) for Orchestra *
Derek Bermel, Migration Series for Jazz Orchestra

* World Premiere
Albany Symphony (ASO)
David Alan Miller, conductor

K displays her homemade krathong (Benjasiri Park, Bangkok, Thailand 2013).
Photo: Andrea Reinkemeyer (All rights reserved).