Robert Garfias recordings: Burma Hill Tribes, 1964

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert
Robert Garfias recordings: Burma Hill Tribes
2 items  :  EC - 1 reel (7 1/2 ips, full-track, mono); WD - 1 CD (digital, stereo); Duration: 00:24:40
Collection Number
Recordings of Burma Hill Tribes. Contents appear to be records copied to tape by Robert Garfias.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Reel received in Archives from Robert Garfias, April 2002, as part of large tape shipment. Contents appear to be records (78 rpm?) copied to tape; tape label - "Burma Hill Tribes/USIS/1964"; hand-written contents insert includes signature (illegible to us) and "1/15" (date?).

Documentation: Hand-written notes inserted in tape box.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 4
Contents (from note in tape box): I - Shan: 1) Shan signature tune/3 cuts, 2) Shan signature tune/3 cuts; II - Kayah: 1) Kayah Tribe, Loikaw/ Gongs, drums, cymbals and flute/1 cut; III - Kachin: 1) Gongs, cymbals and flute, 2) Mourning panpipes, 3) Song/male solo, accompanied by gongs, drums and cymbals - gingphaw tube, 4) Manao music - male and female (duet)/pipe and drums, 5) Tonka dance - Burmese oboe (Hne), gongs, and cymbals, 6) Bells in Buddhist monastery; IV - Karen: 1) Traditional drum, Hpar Si, 2) Traditional poem recital (with piano), 3) Boy-girl romancing.

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Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Songs, Burmese--Burma

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • Burma--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Burmans--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Southeast Asia--Asia--Southeast Asia

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound Recordings