panpipes

Padaung panpipes

Both the Karen Pwo and Padaung play panpipes for the New Year festivities. Pentatonically tuned tubes are sorted into groups of 3,4 or 5 and distributed among the men.

blowing end 1

blowing end 2

Padaung man making and tuning the pipes cutting the blowing edges with a huge machete.

Fresh bamboo tubes are cut, stopped at the bottom end by the natural node.

Pwo Karen panpipe duet

The Pwo Karen play them in pairs (male and female), one set consisting of 6 pipes (the female) and one of five.

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