9th of September in the Kyrgyz Republic celebrated Komuz Day


Komuz is a folk three-stringed plucked musical instrument with a long thin neck. The pear-shaped body with a fretless neck is a single piece (hollowed out from one piece of wood). The total length of the instrument is about 90 cm. It is built in fifths and quarts. The middle string is melodic, the rest serve as a bourdon. When playing, the komuz is usually held at an angle of 25-30 degrees; professional performers, demonstrating their skill, play the instrument by "juggling" it, even turning it upside down. There are many techniques of sound production (including harmonics, barrets, rhythmic beats on the body), when plucking, all fingers of the (right) hand are used. Due to the absence of frets on the komuz, exquisite micro-intervals are extracted, which act as melismas. The sound of the komuz is soft and low.

The first descriptions of this Kyrgyz instrument can be found in the writings of Sima Jian (201 BC).

Komuz is not just a traditional musical instrument, but along with the peak of culture - the epic "Manas", an inexhaustible heritage, through melodies telling about the glorious path of ancestors to future generations.