Instruments

Instruments

Djembe

A Djembe is a skin-covered goblet drum from West Africa, whose body is made from a carved-out tree trunk.
The tension of the rawhide, the striking position, as well as the striking technique are all important influences concerning the sound.

The djembe has not only the possibility of nice round bass strokes as it also readily goes to the high end of the spectrum, enabling rather melodic rhythms and beats.

The right techniques make it possible to create much finer nuances as light finger-tapping, trills, accentuation, and double strokes boost the sound range of the djembe quite beyond your average „bass“ and „slap.“ 

The left and right hand will, as you play, be alternately striking the rawhide and the arms will form a sort of dance through the flow of these movements.

Lute

The lute guitar had its famous outbreak in 20th century Germany as the folklore instrument became known and loved in communities such as those of musicians. The guitar lute has partly because of this gained the title of Germany’s national instrument.

Roughly speaking is the only difference from a modern concert guitar in the build and thus measurements. This causes the sound of the guitar lute to be brimmed with overtones which gives it an almost song-like character.

A round body made from several wood shavings is the norm and more often than not, are intricate are there intricate rosettes decorating the sound hole. It is through the different styles of these rosettes frequently possible to derive from where and in which era the lute originates.

Darbuka

This goblet- or chalice drum has a long tradition in the Arabic countries that reaches back into the 13th century. It has later found its way to the western culture and has since become a popular instrument in today’s world music. 

Originally made of clay, the Darbuka of the modern day is constructed out of metal with animal rawhides such as goat or fish, though nowadays synthetic materials are often seen used as skin for the drum. 

There are often either geometrical or floral patterns decorating the body and intarsia of ivory or tortoise shells can be seen on traditional instruments. 

While the darbuka is neatly tucked under one arm, all ten fingers are free to play as they go from bass strokes to high accentuations with agility, giving the darbuka a lively rhythm.

Nyckelharpa

The history of the chromatic nyckelharpa goes all the way back to the „moraharpa“ in the 13th century, though the modern instrument as we know it was developed in the early years of the 20th century.

It belongs, along with bagpipes and hurdy gurdies, to the family of the so-called „bordun instruments“ which means that a constant note lies underneath and accompanies the played melody.

While the nyckelharpa is played with a bow, 63 keys are distributed and attached to the three melody strings. These keys can be pushed unto the string, causing a shorter part of it to vibrate which results in a higher note being played. Adding the bordun as you play is at your own discretion.

The nyckelharpa has a total of 16 strings wherefrom three are classified as melody strings, one is a bordun string, and the remaining twelve categorizes as sympathetic strings. 
Rather than being played themselves, these sympathetic strings are being put to motion through a match in frequencies that causes the notes to reverberate after the melody string itself has already stopped. This gives the nyckelharpa an echo that is occasionally mistaken for several instruments playing at the same time.

Davul

The davul – also known as dahol – is recognized everywhere in the oriental region as well as the eastern part of Europe where its roots run deep through the traditional music, above all in that of the Balkan peninsula. 

This double-headed cylindrical drum is being carried by a strap that is fastened to the body of the davul going over the left shoulder. 
A thin switch called „çubuk“ is used to strike the high-sounding skin on the left side where a more massive wooden stave – the „tokmak“ – is used for the deeper right side. 

The davul soon found its way through the music of the janissaries and the marching music of the Osman to the western militaries and orchestras where it also stood model to our well-known bass drum as the drum kit was invented. 
It is at present also likely that you will find the drum in the medieval setting as the penetrating sound of the davul has led to an increase in popularity.

Vocals

The oldest and most essential instrument of all: the voice.

The practice of singing is as old as man and our voices have accompanied us through the ages, well before we even came upon the idea of building instruments, as it keeps us company to this day still.

We sing in unison or in several parts by letting the atmosphere of the music guide us to what we feel is the most captivating way of conveying our emotions and the lyrics of our songs.

Various

We have – beside the already mentioned instruments – a small collection of different rattles that aid us conceive a special feeling in our music.

You will for example in some songs hear a shaman drum or perhaps even a signal horn…

Various

We have – beside the already mentioned instruments – a small collection of different rattles that aid us conceive a special feeling in our music.

You will for example in some songs hear a shaman drum or perhaps even a signal horn…