Gavin Douglas, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Intriguing musical ensembles of tuned drums and gongs in great variety are an enormous cultural wealth and a major expression of ethnic identity among the diverse peoples of Myanmar. Between the Burman lowlands and the Shan highlands in the north is a transitional zone, where several ethnic groups assert an identity in contrast to their neighbors through music performance. Prof Douglas’s talk is based on fieldwork conducted between 1999 and 2010 among the Danu, Pa-O, Taungyo and Intha communities of the southern Shan State
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