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Gazi Khan, an expert khartal player, dancing in the desert in Rajasthan

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Cultural Exchanges
The Silk Road Ensemble conducts cultural exchanges and workshops with musicians around the world, such as master khartal player Gazi Khan (above) from Rajasthan, India. The khartal is a percussion instrument consisting of simple wooden blocks, held two in each hand.


Galician Bagpipes

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Gaita

orig. Spain  The bagpipe is found in many cultures around the world. Known as the gaita in Galicia, an autonomous region in the northwest of Spain, the instrument was popularized there during the 15th century, and has recently enjoyed resurgence in both folk and contemporary music.

With probable ancient origins in the Mediterranean, the bagpipe consists of a bag in which air is trapped and manipulated to produce prolonged tones with various effects. Once made from animal skins, the bags are now more commonly made from synthetic materials. The Galician bagpipe features a blowpipe and a chanter, or melody pipe, which contains two reeds and is played by covering and uncovering the holes with the hands. Up to three wooden drone pipes rest on the player's shoulder or arm. The instrument is frequently played in folk dances and is also often accompanied by a drum or vocalist.


Gaita players
Cristina Pato


Other wind instruments
Bawu
Clarinet
Duduk
Ney
Shakuhachi
Sheng


Other instruments from Europe
Cello
Contrabass
Piano
Viola
Violin