Kyi Zi

Name: Kyi Zi.
Type: Plaque > Metallophones > Idiophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#:
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Country: Burma [Myanmar].
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The Kyi zi in Burmese: ] is a twirlling plate gong from Burma [Myanmar]. It is used in buddhist temples to herald a donation to the temple. These gongs are suspended from an outside corner of the temple.

Playing Technique: They are struck at the bottom corner hen a donation is made. As they spin, they create a rich pallet of overtones. Combined with the beating of the twirl. The sound changes during the spin decay. They come in a variety of sizes from 3 inches across to 20 feet across. Some websites name these instruments as gansadan, but this is not correct.

Citations: Randy Raine Reusch @ asza.com [Kyi zi article]

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