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2010 Program and Event

U.S. Ambassador Ravic Huso hosts American Musician Jonny Olsen for A Night of Lao Folk Music

Feb. 18, 2010

Mr. Olsen, with master Khaen instructor Ajaan Somdee Luangnikorn and two other musicians, entertains the audience.

Ambassador and Barbara Huso (left), Information and Culture Deputy Minister Boua Ngen Xaphouvong (center), and other officials enjoy Jonny’s music.

 The U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Ravic R. Huso, hosted American musician Jonny Olsen for a night of Lao folk music on February 18, 2010 at the Ambassador’s residence. The private concert was the first of several events commemorating the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Lao PDR.
An accomplished Khaen player, Mr. Olsen performs both traditional and original Lao music. Mr. Olsen traces his love for the Khaen and Lao music to his extensive travels to Laos over the past four years. His first album featuring original Lao melodies was released in 2007. He is currently in Laos working on a new album due out in March. 

Mr. Olsen was joined by master Khaen player Ajaan Somdee Luangnikorn and Pasit Luangnikorn on drums.