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The voice of the Ukraine

The Bandura is a Ukranian instrument that is shaped like a guitar or lute, plays like a harp, and has between 20 – 65 strings, which on some models can be quickly retuned with levers. Bandura.org tells us it is “the voice of Ukraine. It is unique to the culture of Ukraine and so its history is closely tied to the turbulent history of the Ukrainian people.”

Here is virtuoso bandurist Julian Kytasty playing a piece that his grandfather’s brother composed for this wonderful instrument:

And here he is explaining the ways the instrument was played, and getting a little bit silly:

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