TIJC Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2019 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Wannayos Mitranont as known as Todd was born on November 28, 1949, in Songkhla, where his mother had moved to join his father, who was posted at the train station there. He returned to Bang Lamphu Lang, Khlong San, Bangkok to live in his grandfather's home from his early childhood to the present. He began study in elementary school at Damnern Suksa School and Wat Sawettachat School, then moved to junior high school at Wat Suthiwararam School. Wannayos was growing up in a family of musicians. His uncle (Sakon Mitranont) is a famous composer. His father likes to play violin. His two brothers are professional musicians who play keyboard and guitar. His sister is a singer. Absorbing music from young age, he became interested in learning drums on his own from listening and memorizing the way drummers performed with the band rehearsing at his home. The exposure left him with a desire to be a musician. At the end of his junior high school in 1963, he decided to quit school, and enter a path to become a full-time professional musician. From the age of 14 he was performing in band with his two brothers and sister, using the band name "Mitra," the family's last name.
By age 16, Wannayos was in his professional career participating with the "PM Pocket Music" band of Phayong Mukda. In that era, American soldiers set up bases camp in Thailand during the Vietnam War. "Mitra" band decided to perform regularly at the pub in Ubon Ratchathani, which is one of the provinces that has a military base camp. The band played in the style of the "The Shadows," (originally known as the Drifters) a rock band that had been popular around the world. During his playing in the pub, he had the opportunity to exchange knowledge about drumming techniques with the military G.I. who is a snare drum player in the marching band. It was the first time he learned drum rudiments. He learned and practiced until the rudiments were applied fluently, making his craft more developed. Eventually, Wannayos was hired to perform in the United States military base camp. He began to learn jazz music from fellow American soldiers who suggested he listen to Joe Morello, the drummer of "The Dave Brubeck Quartet." Morello was the creator of adopting an unusual time signature used in jazz music such as 9/8, 6/4, 5/4 etc. The training and experience he gained continued from performing in American military camp for almost 10 years until 1975, when the US government announced the withdrawal of all US troops. Accordingly, Wannayos returned to Bangkok. However, at that time Thailand had a law prohibiting entertainment venues from having more than two music instruments perform together. Therefore, he decided to join the band "The Reason," the talented Thai musicians that played music in Taiwan until 1982, and then he returned to Bangkok.
Wannayos played a role as one of the Thai musicians who pioneered jazz fusion music in Thailand. He is a co-founder of the band "Bangkok Connection," with Osoth Prayoonvej which created the legendary fusion band of Thailand. In addition, he was working with a band "Infinity," led by Sarayout Supanyo, the first Thai jazz fusion band whose work is internationally recognized. Wannayos is also a member of the band "Tewan Novel Jazz" led by Tewan-Metawat Sapsanyakorn. The band performed in many countries such as the United States of America, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, etc. and received much recognition from foreign listeners. His reputation for Thai jazz music became world known.
TIJC Hall of Fame
TIJC 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
TIJC 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award