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For the village in Albania, see Buzuq, Albania.
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The buzuq (Arabic: بزق‎; also transliterated bozuq, bouzouk, buzuk etc.) is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz. It is an essential instrument in the Rahbani repertoire, but it is not classified among the classical instruments of Arab or Turkish music. However, this instrument may be looked upon as a larger and deeper-toned relative of the saz, to which it could be compared in the same way as the viola to the violin in Western music. Before the Rahbanis popularized the use of this instrument, the buzuq had been associated with the music of Lebanon and Syria.

Unlike the short-necked unfretted oud, the buzuq has a longer neck, smaller body and frets tied to the neck, which can be moved to produce the microtonal intervals used in the many maqamat (musical modes). Typically, it is furnished with two courses of metal strings which are played with a plectrum, offering a metallic yet lyrical resonance. Some instruments have three courses and up to seven strings total.

The name of the instrument may come from Turkish bozuk (broken or disorderly), it refers to Bozuk düzen bağlama, a tuning of Turkish baglama. Another theory on the origin of the name is that it comes from the Persian expression tanbur e bozorg, meaning a large tanbur style lute.

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World Socialist Web Site

World Socialist Web Site
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:18:45 -0800

In addition to ElSaffar himself, who provides trumpet, vocals and santur, there are Palestinian-Americans Tareq Abboushi on buzuq (a type of lute popular in the Middle East and in the Caucasus region) and Zafer Tawil on oud (a distant relative of the ...
Maryville Daily Times
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:13:40 -0800

... featured guest artists will be the musicians of the Arabesque Ensemble of Chicago, who perform on a combination of Eastern instruments such as 'ud, qanun, buzuq, nay and riqq, as well as Western orchestral instruments like the violin, viola, cello ...
Tennessee Today
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:04:31 -0800

The group uses eastern instruments such as `ud, qanun, buzuq, nay, and riqq along with western orchestral instruments such as the violin, viola, cello, and flute. Members of the ensemble include arrangers, composers, conductors, and educators who serve ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:30:09 -0800

Here, this Chicago-born Iraqi American trumpeter intermingles jazz tradition with the folkloric structures of the Middle East using Sufi poetry, the lute-like buzuq and the oud. The rich combination of Arabic melodies with the bedrock swing of Jason ...


Wed, 23 Sep 2015 04:07:14 -0700

... vocals and santur; Carlo DeRosa, bass; Nasheet Waits, who continues the artistic legacy of his late father, the great drummer Freddie Waits; Ole Mathisen, tenor and soprano saxophones; Tareq Abboushi, buzuq (long-necked lute); and Zafer Tawil, oud ...

Hartford Courant

Hartford Courant
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 15:05:18 -0700

ElSaffar's band — drummer Nasheet Waits, bassist Carlo DeRosa, buzuq master Tareq Abboushi, oud and percussion by Zafer Tawil and saxophonist Ole Mathisen — has been together for eight years, and the players are clearly comfortable with microtones ...

The Jewish Week

The Jewish Week
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:35:37 -0700

Rustow, who grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side, is also interested in the musical traditions of the Middle East, and plays oud, buzuq and classical piano. Q: What was it like to get the news that you were selected? A: I got three calls from a 312 ...


Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:29:50 -0700

... at its world premiere in 2013, it was greeted with a standing ovation. With ElSaffar on trumpet, the ensemble features Ole Mathisen on tenor saxophone; Carlo DeRosa, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums; Tareq Abboushi, buzuq and percussion; and Zafer Tawil, ...

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