Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Day at the MIM - 2

We continue our visit to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix--

We left the first floor galleries and headed upstairs.
The second floor houses galleries that contain Special Displays and ten Geographical Galleries, which present instruments by regions of the world. We began in Africa with a display of thumb pianos.

The thumb piano is an instrument unique to Africa, with a sounding box that can be made of wood, reeds, gourds, turtle shells or another hollow or concave object. A popular use of the thumb piano is to accompany storytelling. The most common chants or accompaniments consist of three-tone melodies repeated over and over.
The thumb piano, known as a kalimba, mbira, and by many other names, is a lamellaphone that uses prongs called tongues, keys, or tines that you pluck to generate acoustic vibrations. The length of the tine determines the pitch.
All the museum-goers were given a set of headphones and as we passed the displays of various instruments, we could listen to the instruments being played (thanks to the wireless technology available) and observe them being played in their original settings.

In this display of tube zithers, we could see and hear them being played in Madagascar.
African arched harps are found in several Sub-Saharan African music traditions, particularly in the northeast. The kundi is the five-string harp of the Azande and related people of Central Africa. It is an instrument traditionally played by young men and boys.
The Tom (below) is a Sudanese lyre with five plucked strings.
The next two photos were taken while standing in one corner of the Africa Gallery, looking forward and then looking directly to the left.
There are so many displays and so well spaced that there is never a sense of being in a crowd. (The packed parking lot, including three school buses would lead one to expect the presence of crowded rooms.)
Below is the Tanbura from Bahrain.
The manjur (below) is a musical instrument used in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf but with East African origins. It is performed by tying the instrument around the waist. The performer shakes his or her hip to create a rattle sound.
It is made of goat hooves attached to a cloth.
I don't know the story behind the use of the metal container on the instrument below.
Simsimiyya (six-string lyre)
Saudi Arabia

Gyil (gourd-resonated xylophone)
Ghana

Display of instruments from Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, and Mali

This open space overlooking the first floor seemed like the perfect place to display these articles.
(left to right) Alphorn (Switzerland), Klawng yao (a goblet drum from Thailand), a slit drum constructed from wood into a box with one or more slits in the top (Congo), a Muyu or "wood fish" (a slit drum from China), and a Dap (one of the percussion-skinned instruments of Persia. Frame Drums are the musicologist's term for a class of percussion instruments constructed of a shallow cylindrical frame over which a skin is stretched).

4 comments:

eyad ammar said...



شركة تنظيف بالطائف شركة الهدي افضل شركة نقل عفش بالطائف كذلك هى افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
شركه الهدى
شركة رش بالطائف
خدمات الطائف
شركة تنظيف بالطائف
شركة تنظيف فلل بالطائف
نظافه عامه بالطائف
شركة تنظيف منازل بالطائف

eyad ammar said...


شركة تنظيف شقق بالطائف
نقل عفش بالطائف
بالطائف شفط بيارات
تسليك مجارى بالطائف
تنظيف خزنات بالطائف
رش مبيدات بالطائف
نقل عفش بخميس مشيط
شركة عزل اسطح بالطائف

eyad ammar said...




ان اردت نقل عفش منزلك بالدمام ابيات الشرقية من اهم شركات نقل العفش بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والقطيف والاحساء
شركة المتحدة
شركة نقل عفش بنجران
شركة نقل عفش بخميس مشيط
شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
شركة نقل عفش بمكة
شركة نقل عفش بينبع
شركة نقل عفش بابها

eyad ammar said...


شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش ببريدة
شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم
شركة نقل عفش بتبوك