PRESENTATION
 














VEDUN Ensemble

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

The musicians play rare original instruments, mostly from Mirit’s extensive collection which will soon comprise 300 instruments from all over the world. They also play replicas of historic and pre-historic instruments. To perform the harmonising sound they use instruments of the past periods that were preserved as folk instruments (untempered attunement) until the Atomic Era. In addition, they use shamanic instruments of different cultures and historic periods, which generate a relaxing and harmonising effect with their tone heights and attunements: Siberian (Khakassian) microtonal chartan, European medieval, Baroque and folk cimbaloms and their Persian predecessor santur, Byzantine and Oriental tambouras, Greek bouzouki (also the bouzouki in the style of a Mediterranean mandolin, Russian balalaika and Balkan tamboura), Persian-Arabic lutes, Balkan-Arabic and Armenian saz, Arabic gimbri, Tuvan igil, Mongolian-Siberian morin khuur, Arabic rubab, Dubrovnik lijerica, Balkan gusle, Indian esraj, Hawaiian ukulele, South American charango, Chinese fiddle erhu, Slovene drone and violin zithers, prehistoric bone flutes and flutes from different cultures, North American Indian and Mayan double flute quena, Slavic and Slovene wooden flutes žvegle and reed pipes, Slavic and ancient flutes sopela, Balkan and Istrian flutes šurla and double flutes, duduk and flutes svirale, Hawaiian nose flutes, Slovak fujaras, European clay ocarinas, Chinese prehistoric clay ocarina xun, the Vietnamese oboe, Aboriginal singing tubes, reed pan pipes from different continents, European wooden and animal horns; the instruments from the Balinese gamelan orchestra (bamboo xylophones rindik, flutes suling, a metallophone with two bars, cradled gongs kompler and komplək, double-sided drum kendhang), Himalayan singing and crystal bowls, Indian harmonium, folk string drum, Hawaiian ipu gourd drum, drums from various traditions: Siberian shamanic dungur drums, Native American drums, Egyptian and Balkan darbukas, dafs and tambourines, African djembes; Renaissance and various folk horns, Tibetan metal horns, ancient Slavic clay urns, Oceanian conches, folk bullroarers and scrapers, European jaw harps, percussion implements and rattles from various cultures, cymbals, bells, African sansas and aliquot drum udu etc.

For the performance of the Slovene musical heritage they use original rare folk instruments and reconstructions of instruments, which have been forgotten on Slovenian territory: oprekelj (small cimbalom) and big cimbalom, žvegle (wooden cross flutes), pan pipes, zithers (chord, drone, violin, harp and guitar zithers), jaw harps, thick reed flutes, clay ocarinas, double flutes dvojnice, bagpipes and diple (bagpipes) with a windbag, tamburitzas, sopelas and šurlas (Istrian untempered instruments), horns (from both animals and bark), earthenware pot basses (gudala), little bass (violoncello), tambourines, drums and a number of simple improvised sound-makers.

Beside the above-mentioned instruments, the members of the Vedun Ensemble use medieval-Renaissance reconstructions and instruments from European musical heritage: reconstructions of the medieval small cimbalom (oprekelj) and psaltery, medieval string drum, Slovene and Hungarian drone zithers drsovce, the marine trumpet Trumscheit, the bowed psaltery Streichpsalterijor the European medieval bowed psaltery, Slavic cimbaloms, numerous predecessors of wooden flutes and sopelas, various percussion instruments and scrapers, jaw harps, earthenware bass, wooden and animal horns, tambourines and drums etc.

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