Category: Exotic Instruments

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Like Waves Against The Sand
The Jing Ying Soloists

Traditional Chinese instrumental solos and ensemble pieces by The Jing Ying Soloists playing pipa, erhu, dizi, yangqin and Chinese percussion.
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The Singing Bowls Of Tibet
Alain Presencer

Tibetan singing bowls, conch horn, yak horn, gong, shepherd's flute, cymbals, bronze handbell, human femur and chant. Strange, mystical and beautiful music of the singing bowls from Tibetologist, Alain Presencer. The bowls are made of gold, silver and other metals and each has its own character and attributes creating ethereal patterns of sound.
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Rie Yanagisawa, koto, shamisen, voice, Clive Bell, shakuhachi, flute

An introduction to the fascinating and surprisingly approachable traditional music of Japan with Rie Yanagisawa (koto, shamisen, voice), Clive Bell (shakuhachi, flute).
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Evening Song
The Jing Ying Soloists

Evocative flowing traditional Chinese melodies from Jing Ying, this time featuring kuchin, erhu, sui, barwoo, dizi, pipa, cheng and percussion.
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Rags Maulkans and Megh
Viram Jasani, sitar, Gurdev Singh, sarod, Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan, tabla

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Rain Forest Dream
Joji Hirota

Well-known Japanese percussionist extraordinary, Joji Hirota, plays traditional Japanese, African, Latin American and other exotic percussion instruments to create a blend of music that draws from many times and cultures but is, at the same time, a very personal and original musical statement.
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Traditional Arabic Music

Arabesque with Hassan Erraji perform exciting traditional music from Morocco, Turkey and North Africa performed on the ud (Arabic lute), nay, saz, darbouka, bandir, etc.
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Music of the Andes

The ever evocative music of the mountains from Caliche, one of the finest Peruvian groups. Pan pipes, bamboo flutes, ocarina, trutuca, charango, mandolin and the booming bombo drum.
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Spirit of African Sanctus

Some of the most energetic and exciting recordings of several African traditions and including full versions of all the original ethnic music used in David Fanshawe's famous choral work African Sanctus plus many more of his important African recordings from Uganda, Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.
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Papalotl - Transformaciones Exóticas

Javier Alvarez is a leading name in the contemporary classical field and his compositions and sound transformations are exotic and exciting and have resulted in many composition prizes around the world.
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Windsongs: Wind Harps
Roger Winfield

Aeolian harps are played entirely by the action of the wind. These fascinating instruments were much loved in past centuries and Roger Winfield has now revived them and explores the various ethereal sounds that the wind produces. The result is an ever changing pattern of strange and beautiful music providing a unique listening experience.
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Rajasthani Folk Music
Hassan Erraji - Q'Anoon, Oud & Voice

The traditional music of the Langas & the Manganiyars of Rajasthan, N.W. India. Recorded in Jodhpur. Vocal and instrumental pieces featuring the morchang (jews harp), santara (double flute), dholak (double-headed drum), kam-ayacha (fiddle with 3 playing & 14 sympathetic strings) & sarangi.
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Spirit of Polynesia

A comprehensive and fascinating anthology of the exciting drum dances, hulas and awe inspiring chants of the Polynesian islands Recorded by David Fanshawe 1978-88.
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North Indian Vocal Music
Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan, Neela Bhagwat

The true music of India is the human voice and the oldest classical North Indian vocal style is that of Khyal. A lighter form is the more folk based Thumri. Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan here sings two full Khyals and Neela Bhagwat two beautiful Thumris and a short Khyal. This recording is one of the few available that extensively feature the ancient and evocative Khyal school and is therefore an important release.
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Spirit of Micronesia

Awe-inspiring chants, spine-chilling hymns and fiery dances from the Pacific island communities of Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap, Chuuk and Palau from the extensive recordings made on the 1978-1984 Pacific voyages of intrepid explorer and composer David Fanshawe.
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Music for the Arabian Dulcimer & Lute
Hassan Erraji - Q'Anoon, Oud & Voice

The oud is the forerunner of the western lute but the Arabian hammered dulcimer or q'anoon is very little known in the West. Its strident and exciting tones are used to explore the Arabic rhythms and scales by master musician Hassan Erraji.
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Spirit of Melanesia

The final album in our trilogy compiled from the extensive Pacific researches of David Fanshawe. Countries represented in Melanesia are Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Noumea and Fiji.
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Folk Music of Tibet

Traditional songs & instrumental music from the roof of the world. Tibet has enjoyed a high profile in the West over the last few decades and it is not surprising that there are many CDs available in the shops which feature Tibetan music. However, the vast majority of these focus on the sacred music found in the Buddhist monasteries. By contrast, secular music - the traditional styles of the nomads and the urban folk music from Lhasa - remains almost unknown in the West having been given little exposure over the years. This recording offers a general introduction to the secular music of Tibet, an interesting and colourful world of music that is still to be discovered.
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Cry You Mountains, Cry You Fields

A wide selection of rarely heard traditional songs & instrumental music from S.E. Albania
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Hardanger Fiddle Music of Norway
Knut Buen, Hardanger Fiddle

One of the most exciting musics of Scandinavia is the sound of the Hardanger Fiddle with its own tradition of searing counterpoint and micro-tonal tunings. The Buen family have, for generations, been acknowledged as the finest exponents of the art and, in particular, Knut Buen is considered as being the world's best as was recently confirmed by the highest honour being conferred on him by the King of Norway. This album contains 23 tracks all played by Knut and which explore the various composition and performance styles of Hardanger Fiddle playing. The Fiddle's additional sympathetic strings (like a sitar) add resonance to the swirling melodies and rhythmic drones of the compositions and, with the micro-tonal notes, make this traditional Scandinavian music sound more Eastern than would be expected. Not an album to meditate to!!
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Pleasures and Treasures

The Music Includes world music, traditional British music, early classical music on original instruments, novelty numbers, jazz, music hall, musical boxes, guitar quartets, saxophone quartet, brass group, viol consorts, choral music and chant, handbells and church bells, poetry and readings - from mediaeval times to the present day. This double album forms part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases and is drawn from recordings made over the years from mono open reel recording to high quality stereo digital.
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Percussion Around The World

Over 150 minutes of exuberant and exciting percussion music from Africa, India, Japan, Morocco, Middle East, South America, Mexico, Caribbean, Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, China, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Indonesia. Saydisc has been at the forefront of recording for posterity a host of unusual, historic and traditional musics, speech and sounds since 1965 and have built up a worldwide reputation for innovation, dedication and quality. The music categories included in our saydisc range include national, traditional and regional music and songs, music, songs and dances from other traditions, music featuring unusual instruments and world music.
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For Love Is Lord Of All

As part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases Gef Lucena sings songs of true love, false love, supernatural love, deceitful love and vengeful love from British and other traditions. Gef is the founder of Saydisc and has been a performer of traditional music since the early 1960s. However, amazingly this is his first solo album and he accompanies himself on bouzouki, mandolin, autoharp, recorder and flageolet. In addition to traditional British songs Gef showcases three of his own settings of poetry by Edward Thomas and A.E. Houseman and has adapted a couple of well-known Schubert songs. Songs in Italian, Ladino and Hebrew are also included as well as settings by Butterworth and Finzi.
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Worlds Away

Chants, Songs, Rituals & Instrumentals From 33 Countries & Island Communities including Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Tuva, Kurdistan, Mongolia, France, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Sardinia, Norway, Germany, Albania, Japan, Rajasthan, China, Tibet, North India, Arabia, Israel, Brazil, Andes, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Iti, Tuvalu, New Zealand, Easter Island, Chuuk, Tahiti, Bora Bora.
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Harps, Dulcimers & Hurdy Gurdies
Harps, Dulcimers & Hurdy Gurdies from Great Britain, Ireland, North America, China, Middle East, France, Italy and the Low Countries
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Exotic and Strange Music and Sounds from many Cultures and Island Communities