Jamming with karinding(s)

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Karinding Jam at Taman Budaya Jawa Barat, 11/2/2012
1 min 46 sec / 2.42 MB / 192kbps MP3

I was at a wayang golek performance of a story from the Ramayana epic at Taman Budaya Jawa Barat that never finished because of the rain. Stuck inside because of the heavy rain, I had a look around the souvenir “shop” and found these little wooden things which I found out are a Sundanese musical instrument called karinding.

A karinding is a type of jaw harp made out of bamboo. It’s similar to a traditional Hmong instrument used in Vietnam called Đàn môi and many other jaw harps found all over the world. However, I’m not sure how many other jaw harps there are in the world that are made from bamboo or any other wood.

So anyway, while we were all hanging around, trying to keep dry from the rain that just kept on falling, some of the guys who were hanging around had a jam using karinding to demonstrate how it’s played and what it sounds like. I can’t remember how many people were playing, I think at least four.

Also, if you want to hear a better recording of people doing really awesome stuff with karinding you should check out Karinding Attack.

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