minstrel: hello hello

Jason Benson agent036 at astromonkey.net
Sun Nov 16 18:38:22 PST 2008

I've always suspected a strong relationship between Greece and the near east 
with this family of instruments. When you think about the amount of trading 
that's gone on in the mediteranian over the last couple thousand years it's 
inevitible that this level of cross pollination would exist.
Show us some pics of your new lauta if you can.

Cedric the Minstrel

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "nickolas kaugon" <ollaimh at yahoo.com>
To: <minstrel at pbm.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008 5:13 PM
Subject: minstrel: hello hello

> my last two e mails seem not to have made the minstrel list.
> i was in grece for a month and came back with a lauta or lavta from the 
> northern  pontic or constantanople tradition.  a four course seven string 
> instrument with microtonal fretts. much to my sorprise there are local 
> carvings and paintings of this family of inatruments from the second 
> century, a thousand years before in western europe.
> there are even statues from 320 bc of a related  instrument called the 
> pandura. i had thought the turks brought these instruments with them but 
> the greeks say they taught them to the turks.the turks likely brought new 
> styles of playing and variations of the instruments but the saz and lavta 
> seem to be greek in origion. perhaps evven egyptian(or khemite)going back 
> to 2000 bc.
> i got to see several minoan ruins on crete by the way, awe inspiring and 
> fire to the imagination
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