New Americans V: The Far East

Hear music from Kyaw Kyaw Naing, the master of the pat waing (a traditional Burmese drum-circle instrument). Also, works by composer Jin Hi Kim for the komungo (a Korean bass zither), and Miya Masaoka, an American musician and composer who performs on a 17-string Japanese koto (zither). Masaoka also employs the "Koto Monster," which uses string preparations and electronic triggers – as additional laser beam "strings" hover above.

PROGRAM #2736, New Americans V: The Far East (First aired on Thurs. 11/15/07)





Kyaw Kyaw Naing

Pat Waing: The Magic Drum Circle of Burma

Powerful King of Thunder And Lightning [8:30]

Shanachie #66005 Available at* Or download from

Bang On A Can All-Stars

Bang On A Can Meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing

Hsaing Kyaik De Maung [3:30]

Cantaloupe #21023**

Miya Masaoka & Bang On A Can All-Stars

People’s Commissioning Fund Concert 5-13-00, Miller Theatre

It Creeps Along [9:00]

Not commercially available. See OR for info

Jin Hi Kim


Saturn’s Moons [5:00]

O.O. Discs #70

John Cage

Daughters of the Lonesome Isle; Margaret Leng Tan, piano

Daughters of the Lonesome Isle [8:30]

New Albion #070***

James Nyoraku Schlefer & Yumi Kurosawa

New Sounds, WNYC, 3/9/07

Minoru Miki: Music for Autumn, excerpt [8:00]

Not commercially available, though many recordings of Miki’s music are available.