In all probability the Fiddle is of Asian origin: Turkish and Mongolian horsemen from Central Asia are said to have been the first musicians in the world to bow their lutes. Their two-stringed fiddles that they held upright have been stringe with horesehair and were often decorated with a carved horse head at the end of the neck. The violins, violas and celli we play today are heirs to this nomadic invention.
So it’s small wonder that the instrument is especially manifold and of outstanding quality in Asia, with an vast variety between an archaic fiddle with just one string (like the Vietnamese koni) and lutes with dozens of sympathy strings (like the North Indian sarangi).
The fiddle belongs to the most popular instruments around the world. It is: a multitudinous variety can be found between
Numerous the instruments, equally numerous the outstanding virtuosos: On the four CDs you can hear music form Egypt to China and from Turkey to Indonesia, for example from Dr L Subramaniam, Turgun Alimatov, Ram Narayan, Raushan Orazbaeva, Habil Aliyev, Kala Ramnath, Derya Türkan, Seikin Tomiyama, Kim Joo-ri, or Gaguik Mouradian. Additionally there is the recording of a concert held at TFF Rudolstadt 2002 with nine knee fiddle virtuosi from Asia and Europe, among them Dhruba Ghosh and Kayhan Kalhor.
A four-hour bonus DVD contains a report about this project, a small documentary on the manufacturing of a Svanetian chuniri, and live recordings from greats such as Lalgudi G Jayaraman, Ali Asghar Bahari, Violons barbares, Ahoar or Huun-Huur-Tu plus exclusively a 35-minute Rababa Concerto written by Marcel Khalife.
Here you can download the english booklet of Magic Kamancheh
Price: 30 Euro