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Parkapzuk

The parkapzuk (Armenian: Պարկապզուկ) is an Armenian droneless, horn-belled bagpipe. The instrument’s “bag” differs in size, depending on a player’s preference, and is made of gutted and hardened sheep or lamb skin. The pipes were originally made of apricot wood, but today they are usually plastic, as it is cheaper and less difficult to make.…
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Rölmo

Rölmo (rol-mo), also known as buk chöl (sbug-chol) or bup chal (sbub-chal), is a Tibetan hemispherical brass cymbals that provide rhythm and structure to the group chants. They look like large knobs with a hole in the centre, through which thin leather handles are strung. These cymbals are played horizontally by striking their faces together…
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Tibetan music

Tibet has its own sacred and religious music in which such music instruments as bamboo flutes, conch shells, cymbals, hand drums, bells, oboe-like flageolets, etc. are used. Tibetans believe that their musical instruments derived from the meditative visions of high lamas, who were actually transported to the realms of deities when performing visualizations involving these…
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Duduk

The duduk (Armenian: դուդուկ]) is an ancient Armenian double reed woodwind instrument, which existed since the fifth century. The instrument is played by two musicians. The first player plays the melody, while the second plays a steady drone called dum. Its sound is rich and haunting, close to the English horn.
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Gayageum

The gayageum (also known as kayagum) is the best known traditional Korean string instrument. It usually has 12 strings and sounds like traditional Eurasian stringed instruments and the Appalachian banjo. The instrument is usually made of paulownia wood. Its sizes range from 140cm to 160cm. The gayageum is traditionally played with both right and left…
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Epigonion

An epigonion (ἐπιγόνιον) was an ancient stringed instrument. It had forty strings and was similar to a harp or a psaltery. An epigonion was named after Epigonus of Ambracia, an inventor of the instrument. The epigonion is a part of the Lost Sounds Orchestra, alongside such ancient instruments as salpinx, aulos, barbiton and syrinx.
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Pow-wow

Pow-wow (also powwow or pow wow) is a gathering held by various Native American communities. The name comes from the Narragansett language, from the word powwaw, meaning "spiritual leader." Modern Pow-wow is an event where people dance, sing, socialize and discuss the culture of Indigenous People. Dance competitions are held at Pow-wow, often with cash…
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Yiddish Glory

It’s been more than a year since “The Lost Songs of World War II” were released by Six Degrees Records. There are 18 songs written by the Soviet Jews who lived through World War II and were long thought to be forever silenced by Hitler and Stalin. The album is available on Spotify, Amazon and…
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Sounds of Canada connects talented people!

Two world-famous bands: The American Rogues, a Celtic ensemble, from Sounds of Canada Season 1, and Nagata Shachu, a Japanese group, from Sounds of Canada Season 2 will perform together on the 8th of June. The concert will feature both groups on their own and together in collaboration. “While respecting the traditions of each culture,…
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Tsymbaly

Tsymbaly is generally considered to be both a stringed and a percussion instrument. It is the Ukrainian version of a hammered dulcimer. Tsymbaly is a wooden trapezoid box with metal strings strung across it. It is played with two beaters, which are wrapped in leather. It is one of the oldest musical instruments. In Ukraine…
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Drymba

Drymba is a fairly common instrument in Western Ukraine, also called the Jaw harp. Drymba is a linguaphone instrument. It resembles a small metal horseshoe, the ends of which are elongated parallel to each other. There is a fixed steel tongue or reed with a curved tip in the centre. This tongue or reed is…
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Indigenous music

There are two types of traditional Indigenous music. The first one is social music, and the second one is ceremonial music. Ceremonial music is vocal with percussive accompaniment, while social music consists mostly of songs which are accompanied by rattles and drums.
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