Nagaswaram, Shenai, Bombard, and Zurna

Posted at July 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Winds | 0 Comment

Armenian-ZurnaIndian-Shenai-2Nepalese-ShenaiNagaswaramThese wind instruments are played mostly outside at ceremonies and processions all over Eurasia. In Northern India, the nagaswaram is said to be extremely auspicious, and it is also the loudest non brass instrument in the world. In Armenia, the Zurna is related to local Christian beliefs and is used in folk music, as well as being formerly used in Ottoman military music. In France, the bombard is used to play Breton folk music. These instruments are generally double reeded, and the mouthpiece must be soaked with water before needed in order to produce a tone.