Sherina learned to play the lanard from an elder named Loung Bountan, who performed for the king of Laos prior to his new life in America. He taught Sherina and her sister as young girls how to play lanard at the Fresno community center, Stone Soup, in the late 1990s, before they began performing in front of their community. Sherina’s practice is important to the Lao community as the traditional music has allowed for performers to dance and tell ancient Lao folktales through. Sherina is now interested in passing the instrument on to a new generation of Laotian-Americans in the Central Valley.
Jacob will learn at new songs on lanard, including the national song of Laos, Dok Champha, and will perform at Lao New Year in Fresno. He will also be trained to learn how to play the lanard with no strings and learn new songs by ear by the end of the apprenticeship.