instruments

riqThe Riq is a type of tambourine used in Arabic music. It is an important instrument in both folk and classical music throughout the Arab world. Traditionally, It has a wooden frame,  jingles, and a thin translucent head made of fish or goat skin. However, metal versions appeared  in modern times, with heads made out of  synthetic materials.

santurBWklThe Santur is a Persian hammered Dulcimer. It is a trapezoid-shaped box often made of walnut or different exotic woods. The Iranian classical santur has 72 strings, 18 sets of four.

oudThe Ud is a pear-shaped, stringed instrument similar to a lute. In fact the word lute is derived from the word Al-Ud. The function and status of this instrument is comparable to where the piano stands in western music. It is the central instrument that accompanies singers and is played by many musicians and singers. It usually has 11 strings, five double strings and one single bass string, but it comes in many variations and tunings. The most used tuning is :  F-A-D-G-C-F.

Among famous Ud players: Munir Bashir, Farid al-atrach, Mohamed el-Qasabgi.

neyBWThe Turkish ney reed flute, together with the Turkish tanbur lute and Turkish kemençe fiddle are considered the most typical instruments of Classical Ottoman music. The ney also plays a primary role in the music of the Mevlevi Sufi rites (semâ).