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Burmese Classical Ensembles

Sein Chit Ti

New Arrangements for Hsaing Ensemble

The Hsaing ensemble is used in many ceremonies. Its name means "hanging circle" a reference to the drum-circle patt waing. The leader of a hsaing ensemble is usually the patt waing player, as is the case here. Hsaing ensembles often compete on the basis of flashy arrangements and virtuoso playing.

Sein Chit Ti is one of the grand masters of the hsaing ensemble. He is a skilled performer on several instruments, including patt waing, as is his more famous son Kyaw Kyaw Naing. His arrangements of traditional pieces earn the praise of other musicians, although he is unknown outside Burma.

More information on Burmese music and its cultural context can be found in the Burmese Music web pages of Robert Garfias. In particular, check out his description of the hsaing, including a photo of Sein Chit Ti's ensemble.

In the original cassette, no titles in Burmese were given.

While I cannot advise it, anyone interested in travelling to Myanmar will find good travel information and many links in Peter Geiser's Internet Travel Guide

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