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    Nai Htaw Paing Ensemble – “Mon Music of Burma ” – [Fire Museum Records]

    Sounds of a lost Kingdom? Excellent notes from Rick Heitzman
    in the liners detail, past persecution and present-day more
    subtle erasing of the Mon tradition. But Heitzman’s prize
    is these pristine recordings. Every string buzz and gong
    floating fill gently brush your cortex, although the sounds
    are angular in our ears, the realization here is remarkable.
    You get the quick flurries that I associate (wrongly?) with
    shadow puppets; music box muted charms (#3) as soft as Mr.
    Roger’s sweater; Talutt totem flute bamboo windfall (#9);
    several tracks get the dizzy Khanwe double-reed buzz, often
    chasing MI MYA THAN’s serene vocals. Many short tracks with a
    range of enchantment, Mon music shouldn’t vanish into the void
    of a monolith culture, at the same time crazy cross-pollination
    experiments might not be the necessary death some might fear?
    A regal release from Fire Museum. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 6, 2006 at 5:23 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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