The Hungarian Gurdy

//The Hungarian Gurdy

The Hungarian Gurdy

In a third post and as I still relive this nuanced history that I used to study so much, these are the design that looks like the one I have. These gurdys are larger but with less strings. The man on the right here was a farmer and musician. I have the CD that reflects over his life with the gurdy. Here again these designs seem so remarkable to me. I just cannot quite get over the look of this peculiar instrument that has almost no presence in American music.

There is one instance where Sting lightly plays a French gurdy (yes, there are still about two more distinct design categories of gurdys) in a music video with Alison Krauss. I continue to try to find and create new points of intersect between history and the experimental music we study here. 


About the Author:

After Jim Winters arrived as a jazz trombonist for years, he now has now finished his second year as a graduate student here at IMRC. He owns two hurdy gurdys, thus exploring drone-musical work and the aesthetic value of unfinished music. His concentration ranges from experimental-musical composition to photos, sometimes wondering about the colonization of 12-tone Western music vs. noise.

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