The long cold winters and periods of isolation, which are an integral part of the nomadic life have made music a highly valued commodity. Many Kyrgyz play and/or sing, and most feasts have a singing break between courses. Tone-deafness is no obstacle, and contributions from foreigners will be highly appreciated.
The national instrument is pear shaped with three strings traditionally made of sheep gut. It is often made of apricot wood, and has a sweet and mellow tone. It can be strummed or plucked, and often accompanies singing or the recitation of epics.
A wind instrument with up to four finger holes. It can be made of various materials and has a nasal, buzzing tone.
A clay pipe resembling an ocarina with a birdlike voice.
a metal mouth harp that produces tones by twanging a metal twine while the player’s mouth moves. Similar to the Maultrommel of Germany, the berimbao of Brazil, the jaw harp, and many others.
There are many places in Kyrgyzstan where you can experience a musical performance.