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Rabab is a very ancient instrument found primarily in Afghanistan but in India it is restricted mainly to northwest India. The mystic poets Kabir and Krishnadasa have mentioned it. The rabab is made of a walnut or cedar soundbox that looks like an elongated half pear joined together along its length. It is a bowed stringed instrument of 53cm length. The top has an upper part covered with a thin sheet of hammered cooper, decorated with three small rosettes. The lower part is covered with goat skin. The instrument also has a peg box, two sheep gut strings that are attached at the bottom of the instrument and pass over a 4 to 5 cm reed bridge. The bow is very curved and made of horse hair. Rabab is either played as a solo instrument or accompanies singing, especially of long epic poems. The rabab player sits cross-legged, and places the rabab on his right knee obliquely across his body, with the peg box resting against his left shoulder. He places his thumb underneath the strands and uses pressure to control the tension of the bow. The sound produced by the rabab is said to resemble that of the human voice.
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Shakuhashi is a traditional Japanese flute made of bamboo wood used in the Zen-Budhist monasteries for meditation purposes. Danilo Tomic is the Brazilian successor of this art. An awarded TV and theater track composer and also a researcher of the eastern culture, Tomic is often invited to give concerts all over the world. He has recently received a master qualification for the use of this instrument under the name Baikyo. “The space between the Earth and the Sky is like a flute – empty, though inexhaustible – but still producing a wider range of sounds when blowed”. Tao Te King, a book on Chinese knowledge by the philosopher Lao Tse
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