Free admission RED SNAPPER (UK, Warp Records), ONRA (France, All City Records), THE CLONIOUS (Austria, Ubiquity/Affine Records), EXO (Bulgaria, Mirizma, HMSU), MENGEME (Bulgaria), SURBAHAR
(Bulgaria, Chill Om Records) Sofia Breathes Music - July 9, Shishman Street.
So my voice was very good and I was singing very well, but the surbahar was always there, and my mother always reminded me that "You have to play surbahar.
Surbahar is one step more refined from the been, because although the been is a fantastic instrument, it's a very beautiful instrument, been was always much more an instrument of self expression.
Surbahar is produced from the been, but it has developed much more practical aspects, because now the meend, which is the slurring part, is developed much more.
So the instrument had to be brought into a new dimension, which was done by my great grandfather Ustad Sahebdad Khan on surbahar.
But you see, it is a musical concept, it's a sound which is very attractive, and perhaps to match the dignity of the musical imagination the surbahar is necessary.
The surbahar is such a fantastic instrument that all these sympathetic notes and counternotes come so beautifully, and actually our ear is not powerful enough to hear all that, but if you really put your ear onto the tumba (gourd) or bridge of the surbahar, you can really go on listening to the miracle of music which is there.
When you play surbahar, do you hear all of those harmonics all of the time?