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Growing Rhythm

A new work in the Burmese Saing Waing orchestral style for large ensemble of drums, gongs, piano, violin and flute.

  • Project Created By

    Kyaw Kyaw Naing

    Kyaw Kyaw Naing is a Burmese circle drummer and composer trying to bring this music to the world stage. He is a master of the pat waing, a traditional Burmese drum-circle instrument; the player sits in the middle of a horseshoe-shaped shell made of elaborately carved wood and decorated with gold leaf.

  • Project Location
    New Paltz, New York
  • Key Collaborators
    Alex Peh

    Performer

    Naing Ensemble

    Performer

  • Project Dates
    Start Date
    September 25, 2020
    End Date
    September 25, 2020

Growing Rhythm

A new work in the Burmese Saing Waing orchestral style for large ensemble of drums, gongs, piano, violin and flute.

Burmese Saing Waing is the grand orchestral tradition of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) comprising over 40 pitched finger drums and gongs played together with the piano and violin, appropriated from the west in the early 19th century.   I would like to write a 20-minute suite of contemporary Burmese Saing Waing pieces comprising mixed percussion, violin, flute, and piano, featuring the Naing Ensemble and pianist Alex Peh.  This work would expand on a short sketch I wrote, Growing Rhythm, commissioned by Arts Mid Hudson that premiered at Marist College and Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn NYC in 2019. We would like to perform this work in a concert of Burmese music in collaboration with Unison Arts Center, our local music and arts organization based in New Paltz.  They are partnering with us to launch a Burmese music ensemble program in the Hudson Valley, and help rebuild the Saing Waing ensemble that I lost when I left Myanmar.

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