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For the village in Albania, see Buzuq, Albania.
Buzuq
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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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127 news items

The National

The National
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:03:45 -0700

We hear the trumpet, vocal and santour – all played by El Saffar – as well as saxophone, drums, bass, buzuq (an Oriental long-necked lute), oud and percussion. Three of the nine pieces are composed around poems. Love Poem is based on words by the ...

Daily Bruin

Daily Bruin
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 02:44:13 -0800

UCLA ethnomusicology graduate student Ryan Vig plays the Levantine buzuq, a long-necked fretted lute and folk instrument, with roots in Arab communities across Lebanon and Syria. (Laura Uzes/Daily Bruin) ...
 
Corriere della Sera
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:42:39 -0700

Kurdistan iracheno - Omar, 37 anni, mostra il buzuq che ha portato con sé. «Suonare mi da un po' di sollievo dai miei dolori e mi ricorda la mia terra d'origine». (Unhcr/Sokol). Kurdistan iracheno - Salma, ha almeno 90 anni e indossa un vecchio anello ...

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 ...

World Socialist Web Site

World Socialist Web Site
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:27:07 -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 ...

Toronto Life

Toronto Life
Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:15:00 -0700

Beyaz, 11, broke his arm while running through the hallways of the hotel where the family had been staying before they found housing. The instrument on the wall is a type of lute called a buzuq. It's one of the few things the family brought with them ...
 
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 ...

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 ...
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