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— by Karla Cripps: On the surface, it’s a typical orchestra rehearsal.

The musicians — students from Bangkok’s Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music — warm up, the sounds of brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion filling the air.

But a closer look reveals each member has an extra “instrument” in their musical arsenal — a long, plastic tube commonly found in air-conditioner units.

This is the first hint that there’s very little about this act — or the man behind it — that could be defined as “classical.”

The conductor, 26-year-old Thai composer Piyawat Louilarpprasert, walks to the front of the room and raises his arms…

July 10, 2019