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.
Minnesota Opera's Luminary Arts Center
Trinity House Theatre, 38840 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152
2640 Space, Baltimore, MD