Kyaw Kyaw Naing
Kyaw Kyaw Naing is a master of the pat waing or saing waing, a traditional Burmese drum-circle instrument. He began learning traditional Burmese repertoire on the pat waing at the age of six from his father.
Naing has performed on “The Bang on a Can Marathon Music” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and Lincoln Center with the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Naing says that, like jazz musicians, Burmese players “look at one another and listen to the tune and play accordingly… even though they might play the same piece of music, the next time they play it differently.”
In 2003 at the Asia Society in Manhattan, Naing, together with 12 other musicians and 7 dancers, performed a full ensemble of Burmese traditional music and dance for the first time in almost 30 years. The last Burmese orchestra to play in New York City was in 1975 at the Asia Society. It was led by Naing’s father, U Sein Chit Tee.