Komuz

Komuz

The komuz is an ancient Kyrgyz lute style musical instrument

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The komuz is normally played sitting, rarely standing.

The face of a kamuz is made from a single piece of, normally, juniper, but sometimes from walnut or mahogany. In the headstock there are three wooden pegs to which the strings are attached. The other end of the string goes to the stand located on the deck, right behind the resonator hole.  The length of the neck does not exceed 85-90 cm.

This is a very versatile instrument, played by men and women, boys and girls.  It can be a solo instrument, as part of a large group, or as part of an even larger folklore ensemble, along with other national instruments.

On the streets of Bishkek, you can easily see young people with komuz going to one of the city’s music schools.