On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the Myanmar Institute invites you to a benefit concert in the Zion Church in Berlin starting at 6 pm. On the one hand, the Institute wants to familiarize the visitors with music from Myanmar and on the other hand, inform them about the difficult situation of the people after the military coup. “We are grateful to have won the well-known Hsaing-Waing musician Hein Tint for this benefit concert, who is one of the greats in his field,” says Diana M. Tobias, co-founder of the Institute. A native of central Myanmar, Hein Tint is a master of the Hsaing Waing, which, with its 21 drums arranged in a circle, is the main instrument of any traditional music ensemble. In recent years Hein Tint has also made a name for himself as a world musician, playing with various European ensembles. Traditional pieces and original compositions are performed.
During the concert, texts will also be performed that address the current situation in Myanmar. Since the military coup on February 1 of this year, the Southeast Asian country has been in turmoil. After the suppression of the initial large-scale demonstrations, arbitrary arrests, torture and murders are the order of the day. Hundreds of thousands are on the run. According to the Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP), more than 1,100 people have been killed by the military so far and 7,100 have been imprisoned. Among those arrested are many artists and journalists. “Since Myanmar has almost completely disappeared from the news coverage in Germany, we also want to inform about the situation there,” say the organizers. The proceeds of this concert will go to local artists in need. A typical dish from Myanmar will also be offered.
The Myanmar Institute is a scientific association with the aim of networking German-speaking academics and people interested in Myanmar and promoting their exchange. To this end, the Institute organizes an annual international symposium and network meetings.
Place: Zionskirche, Zionskirchplatz, 10119 Berlin
Date: Samstag, 6. November 2021
18 Uhr Admission and burmese food;
19 Uhr Start of the concert
Ticket price: on a donation basis
Note: There will be a livestream of the concert. The link will be sent in advance by e-mail after registration.
Registration for concert and livestream: https://forms.gle/hNHvJcN5y3VN4Lxf6
Contact: Diana M. Tobias, Myanmar-Institut e. V., Myanmar Study Group, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.myanmar-institut.org
Donations: Myanmar-Institut e. V., IBAN: DE14 4306 0967 4088 2714 00, Bank: GLS Bank (Stichwort: Künstler in Myanmar)
Hein Tint is a Myanmar Hsaing Waing player steeped in traditional music, with an unusual musical interest in exchanges with Western musicians. The Hsaing Waing instrument is a gilded wooden circle containing 21 drums tuned to fixed pitches. It is the main instrument of the traditional music ensemble of the same name, which plays in Myanmar for festivities such as Pagonden festivals and novice ordinations.
Born in 1971 near Pyawbwe in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar, Hein Tint learned the Burmese rhythmically played drums, xylophone, piano and singing at an early age and performed regularly with his father’s Hsaing Waing group. At the age of 15 he went to Yangon to the teachers of the master U Sein Bo Tint. There he lived in the family household, accompanied the master to all performances, met the greats of the scene and received very good instruction on the Hsaing Waing and Maung Zaing (gong playing). After his death in 1994, he continued to lead the troupe with his son for some time until he returned to Pyawbwe to play for seasonal celebrations.
In recent years, his musical journey has taken him to numerous transcultural projects, concerts and festivals in Berlin, Cologne, Copenhagen, Bangkok, Hanoi, Saigon, Paris, Freiburg, Duisburg, Stuttgart and Münster, among others. In 2017 he performed with French jazz percussionist Anne Paceo and the project “Fables of Shwedagon” in Paris and Coutances.