Mien shawm

essentially the same instrument as the Northern Thai nae noi. The mouthpiece consists of three pieces: a reed, a blowing shield and a metal tube wrapped in string. The reed is quadruple or sextuple and now made from a dried palm leaf (traditionally it was made from the chrysalis of small insect which lives inside the tamarind seed pod). The body is usually made of teak and has 7 finger holes. A detachable brass bell acts as resonator.

The player takes the reed into his mouth and rests his lips against the shield.

The player uses circular breathing to sustain the melody.

collection Victoria Vorreiter

The dzat is the main instrument of the Mien people and is played along with a percussion ensemble for all ceremonies and festivities. It is usually decorated with brightly coloured straps and tassles.

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