Ostrich Ensemble

The Ostrich Ensemble, presenting Thai classical music in Southern California

The Ostrich ensemble (Wong KrajaukThet), is a Thai traditional music ensemble established in 2007, directed by Supeena Insee Adler and consisting of musicians from across southern California. The ensemble has performed in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco and Chicago including at Mingei Museum, the Balboa Park International Cottages, and for the Center for World Music.


September 30, 2017
Performing at the 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
Creative Performing and Media Art School, San Diego, CA
Festival website

November 10, 2017
Performing at the Council on Thai Studies (COTS) annual conference
Details to be posted

Supeena Insee Adler

Dr. Supeena Insee Adler is active as a scholar in the fields of ethnomusicology and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as a teacher and performer of Thai traditional music, as well as a professional interpreter for Thai and Lao languages. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Curator of the World Music Instrument Collection in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. She repaired and restored the Thai musical instrument collection at UCLA in 2014–15. She directed the event “Music of Thailand at UCLA” celebrating the restoration of the collection with support from the Department of Ethnomusicology and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. She has obtained support from the Thai Royal Embassy to expand the Thai instrument collection at UCLA.

While completing her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California Riverside, Supeena Adler established and directed two ensembles, a Thai classical ensemble and Okinawa minyo (folk song) group which involved students, faculty, and community. In San Diego, she has worked closely with the Thai community to establish curricula for Thai language and culture instruction at the local Thai Buddhist temple. For over a decade, she has volunteered to teach Thai traditional music at the temple where she also performs regularly.

Contact the Director at supeena@gmail.com