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Ethnographic Flute Recordings of Asia

This page provides a listing of ethnographic and reference recordings from Asia that are related to world flutes. They are sorted by culture and then chronologically.

Please refer to the Ethnographic Flute Recordings Overview Page for background on these listings.

Ethnographic Flute Recordings from Asia

These entries are sorted first by culture and then by the date (sometimes approximate) of the recording.

The term “collector” is used to indicate the researcher who oversaw the effort to record the material. In many cases, this person also serves as the recording engineer, although this role is typically not specified.

In the case of the publication of multiple editions of the audio material on different media (for example, LP, cassette, and compact disc), only the most recent edition is cited. However, the text of liner notes from earlier editiions is sometimes provided. Click on the citation tag to see the listing of all published editions.

[Miyata 1977] Kōhachirō Miyata (performer) (born 1938). Honshirabe. Solo flute (shakuhachi). Recorded before 1977, Length: 3:50.
» Recording published in Shakuhachi — The Japanese Flute (Audio CD, 9-72076-2 [Miyata 1991]), track 1.

Excerpt from Honshirabe (excerpt)


Armenian

[Gasparyan 1983-04] Djivan Gasparyan (born 1928) and Vachagan Avakian (performers). I Will Not Be Sad In This World. Duet (duduk), Armenian culture. Recorded before 1983, Length: 6:17.
» Recording published in I Will Not Be Sad in this World1 ([Gasparyan 1983]), track 4.

Excerpt from I Will Not Be Sad In This World (excerpt)

1Liner notes: From Sayat-Nova, 18th century troubadour and poet of Armenia.


Georgian

[Kipiani 2006-03] David Kipiani (performer). მწყემსი «The Shepherd ("Mtkemsi" or "Mtsqemsi")». Solo flute (salamuri), Georgian culture. Recorded 2006, Georgia, Length: 4:25.
» Recording published in ქართული საციონალური ინსტრუმენტული მუსიკა «Georgian National Instrumental Music» ([Kipiani 2006]), track 3.

Excerpt from მწყემსი (excerpt)


Japanese

[MurasakiReibo 1925-01] Unknown Japanese performer. Murasaki Reibo. shakuhachi, Japanese culture.

Mentioned on Wikipedia: Ikkyu. Composed by Ikkyū (1394- ). Some mention of a recording in 1925 of this by some shakuhachi master. This could be a key component of the historical breath metrics study. ALSO check out recordings of Jakushitsu Genkō (寂室元光, June 23, 1290 – September 25, 1367).
See /Act/Ikkyu for info ...


Khmu

Nang Suy

Nang Suy Larger image

[Suy 1972] Nang Suy (performer); Jacques Brunet (collector). Voix et Jeu de Flûte «Voice and Flute Playing». Flute and voice (simultaneous) (Khmu flute), Khmu culture. Recorded 1972, near Luang Prabang, Laos, Length: 5:31.
» Recording published in Laos — Musique du Nord «Laos - Music of the North» (33⅓ rpm 12" vinyl audio disc, GB 600531 [Brunet 1972]), Side B, Band 3.
» Recording also published in Instrumental Music of Laos — Selection 11 ([ATML 2000]), track 17.
» Recording archived at Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie2, France. Code CNRSMH_E_1996_013_001_002_024 (original code DI.1996.013.001/03:02-24).

Excerpt from Voix et Jeu de Flûte (excerpt)

1Liner notes: Khmu epic folksong. Khui Khmu, Luang Prabang 1988 00522

²Liner notes: Title: Voix et jeu de flûte
Collector: Brunet, Jacques
Collection: CNRSMH_E_1996_013_001
Recording date: Jan. 1, 1972 - Dec. 31, 1972
Geographic and cultural informations
Location: Laos, Asie du Sud-Est, Asie
Location details: Région de Lang Prabang
Population / social group: Khmu
Ethnographic context:
CD II - Technigues (suite) : Voix et instruments de musique a. Chant dans l'instrument
"Voix et jeu de fl ûte, par Nang Suy.
La musicienne chante et joue alternativement d'une fl ûte à deux trous percés près des deux extrémités fermées du bambou, l'embouchure se trouvant au centre de l'instrument. Sons vocaux et sons instrumentaux s'enchevêtrent sans discontinuité dans cette improvisation. Manifestement, Nang Suy cherche à imiter par la voix le son de la flûte, de sorte que timbre vocal et timbre instrumental se confondent.
La musicienne chante et joue pour son plaisir personnel et lors des fêtes au village."
"Female voice and flute, by Nang Suy.
The musician sings and plays alternately on a flute with two holes pierced near the closed extremities of the bamboo, the embouchure being in the centre of the instrument. Vocal and instrumental sounds mingle continuously in this improvisation. Nang Suy manifestly seeks to imitate the sound of the flute by her voice, such that the vocal and instrumental timbres are hard to tell apart.
The musician sings and plays for personal pleasure, also at village fêtes."
Tran Quang Hai, cf. p.50 du livret
Musical informations:
Chanté solo femme: Nang Suy
Flûte: Nang Suy
Archiving data
Code: CNRSMH_E_1996_013_001_002_024
Original codeDI.1996.013.001/03:02-24
Item number: 02-24
Published references: Extrait du disque "Laos. Musique du Nord", plage B3 (collection "Musique du Mondei"), Galloway Records GB 600531
Media type: Audio
Approximative duration: 00:02:19


Lao

[Laos 1996-01] Unknown Lao performer. Lao Dam Nuen Xay. Solo flute (khlui), Lao culture. Recorded 1996, Vientiane, Laos, Length: 3:34.
» Recording published in Instrumental Music of Laos — Selection 11 ([ATML 2000]), track 1.

Excerpt from Lao Dam Nuen Xay (excerpt)

1Liner notes: Lao folksong "Laodamnuenxay". Khui, Vientiane 1996. 00072


[Laos 1996-06] Unknown Lao performer. Hmoung Lay Folksong: Khithot Phusao. Solo flute (phi Hmoung (flute)), Lao culture. Recorded 2000, Sam Neua, Laos, Length: 1:47.
» Recording published in Instrumental Music of Laos — Selection 1 ([ATML 2000]), track 6.

Excerpt from Hmoung Lay Folksong: Khithot Phusao (excerpt)


[Laos 1996-10] Unknown Lao performer. Khmu Folksong: Vautheung Khuamhaknyak. Solo flute (pi Khmu), Lao culture. Recorded 2000, Viangxay, Laos, Length: 1:12.
» Recording published in Instrumental Music of Laos — Selection 1 ([ATML 2000]), track 10.

Excerpt from Khmu Folksong: Vautheung Khuamhaknyak (excerpt)


[Laos 1996-17] Unknown Lao performer. Khmu Epic Folksong. Flute and voice (khui Khmu), Lao culture. Recorded 1988, Luang Prabang, Laos, Length: 4:25.
» Recording published in Instrumental Music of Laos — Selection 1 ([ATML 2000]), track 17.

Excerpt from Khmu Epic Folksong (excerpt)


Nepalese

[Nepal 1973-01] Indralal (bai); Pancha Narayan (kochakhin); Deben Bhattacharya (collector). Basant. Flute and percussion (Nepalese bai (straight) flute), Nepalese culture. Recorded February-March 1973 or April 1975, Nepal, Length: 3:56.
» Recording published in Folksongs and Sacred Music from Nepal1 (EUCD 1517 [Bhattacharya 1999]), track 1.

1Liner info from the National Library of Australia: Program notes by Deben Bhattacharya in English, German and Spanish ([24] p. : col. ill.) inserted in container.
Recorded by Deben Bhattacharya, Feb.-Mar. 1973, in Katmandu, Kirtipur and Panga, and Apr. 1975, in Sikkim.
Sung in Newari, Hindi and Nepali.


[Nepal 1973-13] Pemba Dong (basuri); Benjamin Rai (madal); Deben Bhattacharya (collector). Love from a Bamboo Flute. Flute and drum (Nepalese bansuri), Nepalese culture. Recorded February-March 1973 or April 1975, Nepal, Length: 3:15.
» Recording published in Folksongs and Sacred Music from Nepal1 (EUCD 1517 [Bhattacharya 1999]), track 13.

Excerpt from Love from a Bamboo Flute (excerpt)

1Liner info from the National Library of Australia: Program notes by Deben Bhattacharya in English, German and Spanish ([24] p. : col. ill.) inserted in container.
Recorded by Deben Bhattacharya, Feb.-Mar. 1973, in Katmandu, Kirtipur and Panga, and Apr. 1975, in Sikkim.
Sung in Newari, Hindi and Nepali.


Thulung Rai

[ThulungRai 1970] Unknown performers; Nicholas J. Allen (collectors). Women Singing with Flute. Vocal and flute, Thulung Rai culture. Recorded 1970-1971, East Nepal, Length: 10:06.
» Background description in Studies in the Myths and Oral Traditions of the Thulung Rai of East Nepal ([Allen-NJ 1976]).
» Recording archived at The Pitt Rivers Museum1, Oxford, England. Recording 2012 69 9 10.

¹Pitt Rivers documentation: After initial studies in medicine at Oxford and St. Mary's Hospital, London, Nick Allen re-trained in social anthropology, conducting fieldwork in Nepal in 1969-71. His thesis title was Studies in the myths and oral traditions of the Thulung Rai of East Nepal.
Between 1976 and 2001 he was Lecturer and then Reader in the Social Anthropology of South Asia at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
The Nicholas J. Allen audio collection is curated by the Pitt Rivers Museum and consists of 9 reel to reel tapes recorded in the Himalayas in 1970-1971. The recordings include examples of rituals, epic chants and myths, and instrumentation. The Museum also curates over 1300 of Allen's fieldwork images and 12 objects.


Uzbek

[Uzbek 1970-03] Unknown Uzbek performers; Deben Bhattacharya (collector). Morning in the Desert. Flute and orchestra (ney), Uzbek culture. Recorded 1970, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Length: 4:43.
» Published in The Music of Uzbekistan — Field Recordings by Deben Bhattacharya1 (EUCD2438 [Bhattacharya 2013]), track 3.

1Liner notes: Ney (flute) solo playing a desert song, accompanied by the National Orchestra of Folk Music.


[Uzbek 1970-10] Makhom Ensemble of Tashkent Radio (performers); Deben Bhattacharya (collector). Kany «Which Place». Flute and ensemble (ney), Uzbek culture. Recorded 1970, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Length: 2:08.
» Published in The Music of Uzbekistan — Field Recordings by Deben Bhattacharya1 (EUCD2438 [Bhattacharya 2013]), track 10.

1Liner notes: A folk melody played on ney. The title means "which place". The accompaniment is the same orchestra as above [Performed by the Makhom Ensemble of Tashkent Radio. (The word makhom is derived from maqam, which means mode in classical Arabic music).]


 
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