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Silk Road Ensemble members Gulia Mashurova and Jonathan Gandelsman at a commissioning workshop.

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Creating New Music
Silk Road Ensemble members Gulia Mashurova and Johnny Gandelsman at a commissioning workshop at Tanglewood Music Center. Retreats and workshops provide an opportunity for Silk Road Ensemble members to develop music for a wide range of instruments.


Kayagum

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Kayagum

orig. Korea  The kayagum is a plucked zither made from a single piece of wood with protrusions resembling ram horns carved into one end. The instrument has 12 twisted-silk strings that pass over 12 moveable bridges called "wild goose feet" in Korean. To play the kayagum, the player sits on the floor in front of the instrument and plucks the strings with the right hand while pressing down on the strings with the left.

The earliest known predecessors of the kayagum in Korea date from the 6th century C.E. The instrument is traditionally featured in courtly, aristocratic music and may be played on its own or used to carry the melody in ensembles.


Kayagum players
Ji Hyun Kim


Other string instruments
Cello
Contrabass
Erhu
Harp
Kamancheh
Morin khuur
Oud
Piano
Pipa
Ruan
Santur
Tar
Viola
Violin


Other Korean instruments
Jang-go