Database of Southeast Asian Musical Instruments

Sulh Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Jon Silpayamanant, and other members of the ensemble are in the process of cataloging musical instrument projects. One of these projects…

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Sulh Ensemble Musical Instruments: Lisu Subu

The Subu is a long necked lute with snakeskin head used by the Tibeto-Burmese Lisu people that live throughout Burma (Myanmar) and portions of Thailand.

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Sulh Ensemble’s Musical Instruments: Thai Phin (พิณ)

Sulh Ensemble’s artistic director, Jon Silpayamanant, plays a Thai Phin. The Phin is a long-necked lute from the Isan region (where Jon was born). Used…

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Sulh Ensemble Musical Instruments: Thai Saw U Coconut Fiddle (ซออู้)

Sulh Ensemble’s artistic director, Jon Silpayamanant, holding his Saw U after a performance at the South Central Regional Library in Louisville (2017). The Saw U…

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