I first came across this strange ancient instrument from descriptions and a tape of Alexander Leonov’s playing, which were brought back from Petrozavodsk by a friend in Moscow, some time between about 2000 and 2002.

I made my own instrument, and learned how to play it from listening to archive recordings.

These pages give some of the background and why I was attracted to this ancient music.

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Simon Chadwick, St Andrews, Scotland. Return to index page.
11th November 2008, updated September 2013