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