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The Myanmar Times: Feb. 27 – Mar. 5, 2006 – Gitameit proves it’s Good to Go

by Jeehi Kwak, MA in music

Gitameit staged an impressive concert, "Good to Go," in Yangon on February 16, raising US $500 for two Hlaingthaya monastery schools that the music centre has adopted and entertaining a 100-plus crowd. More than just raising money for charity, the concert really demonstrated how far the Gitameit Music Centre has come in its three years. Gitameit’s staple choir, Gitapella, put on a rousing show, although its bass section at times let it down. People forget how important the bass is. It is really the root, or starting point. A tree cannot grow without a stable root, just as a choir can’t soar without a stable bass part. Gitapella’s bass singer at times had trouble reaching some of the low and high notes. The choir has a pleasing middle-range (mezzo-alto) section though, with a warm and innocent sound that is untrained but fresh. However, one of the sopranos needs to watch her scooping, which means letting the centre of a note slide in pitch. Scooping is fine for pop tunes, but it does not fit with the ensemble’s classical repertoire which includes works like Mass and Requiem. It is a challenging job to sing a capella and given that this choir has only bee around for three years – not long by classical choir standards – they are doing an excellent job.

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February 2006 – Good to Go

Gitameit Music Center

A jazz-rock, and a cappella concert at International Business Center to raise funds for Hlaing Thaya monastic schools. Performances by Gitameit jazz ensemble Los Guapos with Vincent Bullen, Gitapella, Sense & Soul, Face, Greenborn, and the Gitameit Voices. Featuring music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Beck, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Kyaw Swa […]

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February 2005 – Fund for the Blind School Concert

Gitameit Music Center

Benefit concert with Gitameit faculty and students and featuring Sense & Soul at the Summit Park View Hotel in Yangon.

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September 2004 – Gitameit Benefit Concert

Gitameit Music Center

A benefit concert at the Grand Mee Ya Hta Hotel for The National Symphony Orchestra to raise funds for musician scholarships and teacher exchange. Performers Mitch Markowitz (violin), Samran Petping (cello), Kit Young (piano), and the Gitameit Choir played pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, and Kreisler.

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