Some of my Instruments:
This unassuming collection of tubes is one of the most powerful
instruments I know of. A one-person wind section, a pipe organ with the
intimacy of breath. It's called a Khaen, and is played in Laos and Northeastern
This is a 20th Century cousin to the Khaen; a chromatic Chinese Sheng with
This is a "power stack" of Gu Zchungs, which are Chinese
Harps. (Yes I know I'm spelling them unconventionally.) I play them in
a stack in order to have more notes available- the two instruments
are tuned in interlocking pentatonic scales. The Gu Zchung is wonderful
to play because of the brilliant resonance and the extraordinary range of
touch and nuance.
Indian Raga is the oldest and seemingly deepest musical tradition available
to us. I struggle with a number of raga instruments:
The Surbahar, a bass Sitarand...
a bowed Sitar...
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