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WAING | Music and Sound in Myanmar Research Network

The WAING Research Network – aims at promoting  transdisciplinary and transnational research in and on music and sound in Myanmar and intends to foster critical discussions among musicians and musicologists, ethnomusicologists, dancers, music historians, sound students, researchers of popular music, music collectors, or sound artists as well as anthropologists, religious scholars, sociologists, journalists, writers, political scientists, or art historians working in Myanmar (including its border regions and satellite communities around the world) with an interest in the sonic and musical.

This network is deliberately not concerned with music in the narrow sense but aims at an inclusive engagement with the audible and vibrational of social and cultural experience, and with it its discourses and practices, politics and atmospheres, institutions and agents, genres and occasions. Hence, we welcome a plurality of methodologies and critical theories as grounded in and emerging from the various sonic fields scholars engage with in Myanmar and beyond.

On our website, you will find information about on-going research and music projects, upcoming events, call for papers, new publications including not yet published theses (Master and PhD) as well as a growing international bibliography of relevant books and articles. Do consider to subscribe to our blog to receive new updates in your inbox right away and follow us on our WAING facebook page where we share news with you on a more regular basis.

 

 

News

CFP – for a Panel at the ICTM 2019

Call for Papers for a panel at the 45th ICTM world conference held from 11th to 17th July 2019 at Chulalongkorn University,…

Paper on the tuning of the Pat Waing by Rolf Bader

Finite-Difference model of mode shape changes of the Myanmar pat wain drum circle using tuning paste Rolf Bader Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 29,…

5th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia

The 5th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA) 16-22 July 2018 Hosted by…

Memories of Burmese Rohingya Refugees: Music and Art as Symbols of Identity and Everyday Resistance

Kazi Fahmida Farzi analyses #music as informal #resistance in her “critical analysis of the #Rohingya refugees’ identity building processes and how this is closely linked…

Music transcriptions of recordings made in 1911 in Burma

Kurt Reinhard. 1939. Die Musik Birmas. Würzburg: Konrad Triltsch. Download the musical transcriptions by Kurt Reinhard of music recordings…

Interview on Myanmar Ethnomusicology by the ျမန္မာ့ယဥ္ေက်းမႈသုေတသနအသင္း

Watch the entire series of videos here

Seminar on Performing Arts in Southeast Asia, By Francesca Billeri, Lorenzo Chiarofonte

“Changes in Action: New Technologies, Media and Transformations in Contemporary Southeast Asian Performing Arts” 15th May 2017 SOAS Room G52 Francesca…

Music activism with Saw Phoe Kwar in Myanmar’s war zones

Saw Phoe Kwar invests in future politics by teaching his reaggea songs of peace to the youth. “I ask…

Lorenzo Chiarofonte on “Music for the Amay Gyan Nat”

We would like to announce a talk by Lorenzo Chiarofonte, Ethnomusicologist and currently enrolled as PhD student at SOAS…

Kit Young: Conference on the Mahagita

Conférence du CASE KIT YOUNG Pianist-Improviser-Composer-Scholar Singing and Playing The Royal Classical Canon of Burmese Music: The Mahagita 6…

New: Burmese Sheet Music

In an effort to standardise “Burmese music” making, the Ministry of Union Culture released several notated versions of classical musical…

New: Gallery of Historical Images of Musik Making in Burma

New Page on the WAING website with a collection of historical photographs, prints, drawings and paintings of music making…

New! A Myanma Book Galery

We have a New Myanma Book Gallery on our page. We can already provide you with PDF’s of some…

New Publication: The Historic Bells of Yangon

The Historic Bells of Yangon Khin Maung Nyunt, 2016 Department of Historical Research and national Library, Yangon University If you…

Exhibition: Unfaded Splendor – Contemporary Development and Multiple Representations of Myanmar/ Burmese Classical Music

Unfaded Splendor | Contemporary Development and Multiple Representations of Myanmar/ Burmese Classical Music Organizer: Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica Curator:…

Voice of Burmese Poetry: ko ko thett

The Voice of Burmese Poetry: ko ko thett Monday, October 17, 2016 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm Postle Hall 1184…

Kit Young for the Myanmar Times

Ignoring particulars: Music and Society in Myanmar By Kit Young   |   Myanmar Times  |  Thursday, 29 September 2016 “Deep…

Panel on Music at the Burma Studies Conference

Music’s Cymbals and Symbols  Panel at the Burma Studies Conference 2016 in DeKalb, Illinois. Friday 7th of October | 12:45…

New Book on Music about colonial Burma

Burma, Kipling, and Western Music The Riff from Mandalay Routledge Research in Music |  ISBN: 978-1138125087 For decades, scholars have…

Article on Copy-Pop-Music by SAM STUBBLEFIELD

A Song By Any Other Name in The Irrawaddy  “Copy thachin songs are musical covers, but the Burmese language…

New Article on Sino-Burmese Music Making by Hsin-Chun Tasaw Lu

New Article on Sino-Burmese Music Making Cultural homogeneity, embodied empathy: incorporating musical pasts among Burmese Chinese peoples worldwide DOI: 10.1080/17411912.2016.1151811 Hsin-Chun…

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