Thursday, January 11, 2018

MIM (part two)

More images from MIM. People make music all over the world in all kinds of different ways.

Prima balalaika (plucked lute)
St. Petersburg, 1924-1991

Decoration depicts skomorkhi, comic minstrels who mocked the tsar and church and were banned in the 17th c. by Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov. 

Skaltrumma (kettledrum)
North Sami People, Vilhelmina, 2008
The drawings represent a map of worlds through which the shaman moves, guided by a "pointer" placed on the drum's top. 

I know you've all been waiting for this:

Gajdy (bagpipe)
Turicky, Banska Bystrica Region, 2008
Goat pelt, maple and rosewood, aluminum, animal horn

Elong (gourd-resonated xylophone)
Lobi people, mid-20th c.
Wood, gourds, animal skin, cord, paper, spider-egg casings.

Lawn chair or musical instrument? You decide.

Out of respect for Cesar Evoria, the Cape Verde display.

The best known genre is morna, with slow, melancholy songs often accompanied by the cavaquinho  lute. 

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