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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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The Myanmar Times: Jan. 14-20, 2006 – Gitameit hosts Austrian composer

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by Kyaw Kyaw Tun When foreign musicians visit Southeast Asia, Gitameit, Yangon’s leading music school, wastes no time in snapping them up for a workshop. That is how Austrian musician and conductor, Goesta Muller, came to be holding a class in Yangon two weeks ago for 30 students from Gitameit, Thamine Church and one of […]

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The Myanmar Times: Dec. 19-25, 2005 – Night Moon Dance performance delights

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by Ma Thanegi Gitameit is a combination of two words: ‘gita’, meaning music, and ‘meit’, meaning friendship. Artists came together in friendship at the centre last week from across the globe; from the United States, Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany, and Myanmar; for a week-long workshop culminating in two truly unique performances the likes of which […]

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Weekly Eleven News: Dec. 14, 2005

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An article in reference to the Gitameit performance, Nya La Ka or Night Moon Dance, in December 2005.            

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The Myanmar Times: Dec. 5-11, 2005 – World artists share their vision in Yangon

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by Kyaw Kyaw Tun and Khin Nyein Aye Than Gitameit Music Centre, one of Yangon’s leading music schools, will host an arts and cultural exchange from December 3 to 9. Five foreign artists coming from as far afield as New York will work with local artists for a week. German theatre director Manual Lutgenhorst, Americans, […]

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