Neng Now: Speaking with Music

Sun Prairie Public Library

This program will introduce attendees to Hmong music and what makes it unique. Hmong music is the last surviving musical language in the world. It is able to mimic Hmong speech by using musical intervals, ornamentation, and chords to mimic linguistic tones, consonants, and vowels. This enables Hmong musicians to speak with music. As such, Hmong music not only gives us a window into where music and language meet, but also into the ability of human brains to assign and attribute meaning and significance. Neng’s presentation will be part of a Hmong New Year celebration that we are planning with the help of Hmong community members in Sun Prairie.

Neng Now, a HMong man with short hair wearing a black jacket with blue cuffs plays  a traditional wooden flute.
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Friends of Sun Prairie Public Library
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