Talking Gong and Burmese Drum: Alex Peh with Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Susie Ibarra, and Claire Chase
Pianist Alex Peh teams up with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, and flutist Claire Chase to perform a new trio inspired by Southeast Asian gong chime music. Talking Gong, written by Susie Ibarra for Alex Peh and Claire Chase, explores traditional Philippine Kulintang cipher scores, reimagined for piano, flute, and mixed percussion. Premiered at the Look and Listen Festival and SUNY New Paltz in 2018, this performance celebrates the release of their new single, recorded at Dreamland studio in Woodstock NY. Burmese percussionist Kyaw Kyaw Naing, teams up with pianist Alex Peh to perform new improvisations and compositions for piano and pat waing, a traditional combination that developed when the Italian ambassador gifted King Mindon of Burma a piano in the mid-19th century. The Burmese incorporated the piano into their traditional ensembles, utilizing it in ways totally different from the typical Western-style of piano playing. Kyaw Kyaw Naing made his American debut at Brooklyn Academy of Music with Bang on a Can, performing original and traditional Burmese works with the ensemble that The New York Times called "an exhilarating tease." Alex Peh, piano Kyaw Kyaw Naing, percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra, percussionist/composer Claire Chase, flutist
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